Welcome to the Münster Nanofabrication Facility

a DFG Core Facility

The MNF is a state-of-the-art, 300 nanofabrication and nanoanalytics machine park classified from ISO 5 to 7. Located at the University of Münster, we provide nanostructuring and nanofabrication technologies for an interdisciplinary research community of scientists and engineers in physics, chemistry, earth sciences and biology, both within and outside the university.

If you are interested in exploring advanced nanofabrication and nanoanalytics techniques, the MNF is here for you.

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New project to protect critical infrastructure against cyberattacks

Carsten Schuck’s research group is designing, building and testing a receiver unit for a quantum key generation process and the operation of secure communication in a gas pipeline system produced by PSI Software SE. “Any attempt at eavesdropping would be noticed immediately, rendering the key generation system independent of the measuring devices,” explains Carsten Schuck. His team is building this system at the Münster Nanofabrication Facility (MNF) using a special technology designed in-house. It uses superconducting single-photon detectors which are embedded in advanced photonic integrated circuits. The circuits are embedded in chips that are cooled to around two Kelvin in order to make the best possible use of their superconducting properties.

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AG Schuck / Department for Quantum Technology


Thin Film Metrology Workshop

Tuesday, 2nd of July, 10:00am

Duration: 20min + Q&A
Topic: Optical Analysis (Filmetrics F20)

Link to recorded presentation to follow

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Shabnam Taheriniya awarded Infineon Doctoral Prize

Physicist Dr. Shabnam Taheriniya has been awarded the Infineon Doctoral Prize 2024, endowed with 3000 euros, for her excellent doctoral thesis at the University of Münster. For her dissertation in Professor Gerhard Wilde's working group at the Institute of Materials Physics, she investigated the inner interfaces in a new class of materials known as high-entropy alloys, analyzing the mixture of high-entropy alloys with different crystal structures forced by intensive plastic deformation. Dr. Taheriniya also investigated the behavior of the materials under irradiation with fast, heavy ions as well as their microstructure and the inner interfaces and their magnetic behavior using transmission electron microscopy methods in the Münster Nanofabrication Facility (MNF).

The Department of Physics at the University of Münster awards the Infineon Doctoral Prize annually together with Infineon AG.

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History of the MNF

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The first cleanroom at the University of Münster was established in the Center for NanoTechnology (CeNTech) in 2003. Following the University's expanding presence in nanoscience, this original facility required significant upgrades to meet the needs of researchers and remain competitive with peer institutions.

Through the approval of the Center for Soft Nanoscience (SoN) research program, the WWU received a multi-million euro investment, including a capital equipment upgrade and several large instrument grants. In 2017 the MNF expanded into brand new cleanroom facilities in the SoN building.

Supporting its full transformation into the Münster Nanofabrication Facility (MNF), the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) provided funding in 2020 to establish the MNF as a core university facility providing services for university members and external users.