CIN Members

In 2007, the CIN started with 25 principal investigators as cluster applicants, as stipulated in the DFG call for bids. When the CIN cluster was approved further  scientists from a range of institutions were incorporated, to make up the 48 'founding members' of the CIN. Since the beginning of 2014 the CIN has consisted of over 80 scientists in total. The membership process involves an application to the steering committee in which the candidate outlines his or her scientific profile and submits a list of publications. The committee's decision is based purely on the scientific excellence of each candidate.

CIN Members

Prof. Dr. Dieter Kern

Organization: University of Tübingen


Auf der Morgenstelle 10
72076 Tübingen

Phone number: +49 (0)7071 29 72999

Department: Institute of Applied Physics, Nanostructures and Mesoscopic Physics

Area: CIN Members

Scientific topic: Nanofabrication and its Applications

Field of Research

We work in the field of micro- and nanofabrication, in particular aiming at adapting techniques developed primariyl for semiconductor technology to the requirements from new applications beyond physics and electronics: highly stable and efficient carbon nanotube based electrodes for neuroprostheses, nanostructured surfaces for the investigation on cell-surface interaction, in particular implant integration and the behavior of bacteria, microfluidic devices utilizing electro-kinetic effects, and micro- and nanomechanic devices for manipulation of biological objects. The research is focused on methods and materials as well as joint exploration of new applications. Dr. Fleischer, working in my group, is investigating fundamental aspects and applications of metallic nanostructures interacting with light, in particular the generation of extremely localized electromagnetic (optical) field enhancements.


Top down fabrication based on electron beam-, optical and nano imprint lithography, thin film deposition and etching (wet, ion beam), structural characterization by electron microscopy, optical microscopy, scanning probe mircroscopy, electrical characterization.


bio-electric interface; biomaterials; biomechanics; neuro-prosthetics

  1. Heeren A, Luo CP, Henschel W, Fleischer M, Kern DP (2007). Manipulation of Micro- and Nanoparticles by Electro-Osmosis and Dielectrophoresis. Microelectron. Eng. 84:1706-9.
  2. Fleischer M, Stanciu C, Stade F, Stadler J, Braun K, Heeren A, Häffner M, Kern DP, Meixner AJ (2008). Three-dimensional optical antennas: Nanocones in an apertureless scanning near-field microscope. Appl. Phys. Lett. 93, 111114.
  3. Augke R, Eberhardt W, Single C, Prins FE, Wharam DA, Kern DP (2000). Doped silicon single electron transistors with single island characteristics. Appl. Phys. Letts. 76, 2065.