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Scientific modules

The hands-on scientific modules help the doctoral researchers to tackle the technical challenges for their experimental or theoretical work in a highly interdisciplinary environment. They will learn about expertise and infrastructure available within the Cluster.

PhD candidates in the HEiKA Graduate School are obliged to participate in at least one week of scientific modules.

Please register using the form at the end of the page.



Hands-on inkjet printing and other 3D printing technologies October 14-17, 2019
Technology Assessment October 15-16, 2019
Self-Assembly of Soft Matter October 24-25, 2019
Cell culture & CRISPR: Getting started November 4-6, 2019
Obtaining cool ray-tracing images of complex 3D structures by myself January 27-29, 2019

Module descriptions

Hands-on inkjet and 3D printing

Functional digital printing is set to revolutionize various technological fields by offering total freedom of design in the deposition of functional materials. Techniques like Inkjet and 3D printing permit the depositions of insulators, semiconductors, metals or biological materials with applications in electronics, sensing or bioelectronics.

Furthermore, these techniques offer the cost‐efficiency and versatility needed in areas like industrial production and personalized healthcare. The goal of this module is to understand the steps necessary for the processing of functional materials in Inkjet and 3D printing and to gain a technology overview and hands-on experience which could be utilized during a Doctoral Research project.


Photochemistry in 3D printing

This course introduces participants to light induced reaction. Furthermore, it covers the properties of common as well as novel (functional) photoresists, detailing their design, synthesis and application. 

Participants will learn about the main chemical processes and materials involved in different 3D printing techniques using light as well as to gain insights into the possibilities and challenges.


Technology Assessment

What is the connection between scalable digital 3D additive manufacturing, genetic engineering, nanotechnology, blockchain and artificial intelligence? They are fields of cutting edge research. As such they are embedded in social, political, cultural, economic, and ecological settings. And they are shaped by these settings. Researchers follow certain visions of the future, hold up values, perceive the world in specific ways. New science and technologies are not only embedded in societal contexts but have the power to fundamentally alter and impact on society and environment. Science and technology change the world. Therefore scientific practice is charged with responsibility. This raises questions to which degree scientists should consider the societal context of their action, think about ethics, assume responsibility for their visions and goals, and be informed about possible potential impacts on society and environment. How can science more responsibly shape the future? This question is at the heart of Technology Assessment.

This module will to give PhD researchers an oversight over different TA theories and methods relevant for the assessment of their research. They will learn examples and tools for reflexive decision-making in science, communicating with stakeholders and the public and engaging with futures.


Self-Assembly of Soft Matter

The module aims to provide the participants with a comprehensive overview on how soft matter (ranging from small organic molecules, polymers to cells) self-assemble into ordered structures. Especially, to create a clear link to the general concept of our Cluster, we will focus on the self-assembly at the interfaces. 


Hands-on 3D laser micro-printing for beginners

The course focuses on experimental aspects of 3D micro-printing and is intended for newcomers in the field. The participants will deepen and apply their theoretical knowledge by exploring different aspects of 3D printing. They build knowledge on principles of design and process technology for the fabrication of 3D matter including the functionalization of 3D structures, and the inspection of those microprints.


Obtaining cool ray-tracing images of complex 3D structures by myself

The module aims at acquainting the participants with the basics of the ray-tracing program package “Blender”. This allows for two aspects relevant in the Cluster “3D Matter Made to Order”. First, you can make cool 3D graphics for publications and presentations yourself. For example, 3D architectures that have been 3D printed can be visualized. Second, the architectures defined by “Blender” can be exported in *.stl file format – the standard data format for 3D printing, including the Nanoscribe instrumentation available to all Cluster members in the KIT Nanostructure Service Laboratory.


Crash course on 3D laser scanning optical microscopy of biological systems

This course introduces sample preparation and the application of confocal microscopy.


Cell culture & CRISPR: Getting started

This course introduces participants to the basics of working with CRISPR.


Computational Electronic Structure Methods

The functionality of the molecular units or modules is determined mainly by their electronic structure and the surrounding molecular environment. These microscopic properties can be investigated at different levels of theory. Such methods are increasingly exploited to analyze and to predict the structure and functional properties of molecules and materials in many applications.

In this course, we will introduce several quantum chemistry methods, with a special focus on the density functional theory (DFT) approach, which are now widely used in the investigation of molecular systems and their properties. We will introduce the basics of the electronic structure methods with the specific application in the photochemistry of molecules used in 3D printing. Moreover, we will demonstrate the applicability of the computational methods in the design of new promising compounds for 3D printing and for the systematic improvement of existing materials. During computer classes, you will learn how to run different types of calculations using standard software packages and to analyze the obtained results.

This course provides a solid base to understand the underlying methods and is adapted for a broad and interdisciplinary audience.



Furthermore, the following modules are planned:

  • Hands-on 3D laser micro-printing for beginners
  • Hands-on 3D laser micro-printing for advanced users
  • Working in a chemistry laboratory for physicists and engineers
  • Working in a clean room
  • Getting SEM electron micrographs by myself
  • Introduction to computational photonics
  • Introduction to COMSOL Multiphysics
  • Introduction to research data management

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