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Welcome to the Young Investigator Network (YIN)


The Young Investigator Network (YIN) is the platform and democratic representation of interests for junior research group leaders and junior professors at the Karlsruhe Institut of Technology.


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Faculty Teaching Award for YIN alumnus

For the lecture on material process technology, YIN alumnus Kay Weidenmann, together with Joachim Binder, receives the Faculty Teaching Award in mechanical engineering. Therewith, KIT honors the excellent achievements of both lecturers: They especially attached importance to the close interconnection of theory and application. Thus, their lecture was complemented by practical courses in small groups at three laboratories. The prize, endowed with 10 000 Euro, is annually announced within each of the 11 KIT-faculties.

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3D print made of glass (photo: KIT)
Nature: 3D-printing in glass - Hannover Fair H2-B16

For 3-D-printing, glass needs to be liquid at room temperature. To this aim, the research group of Dr. Bastian Rapp mixes nanoparticles of ultrapure fused silica glass with a liquid monomer. They harden the mixture at certain points using stereolithography 3D printers and wash out the remaining liquid material in a solvent bath. The resulting structure measures only a few tens of micrometers. It, then, gets heated up to a point where the monomer dissolves and the glass particles fuse. Science and industry alike profit from glass microstructures.

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April 22: Worldwide March for Science

Scientists worldwide are confronted with increasing skepticism towards scientifically founded facts and doubts about their integrity. The Science March Germany now publically emphasizes that – in the words of the minister for science, research and the arts Baden-Württemberg – scientific findings and facts are essential for debate and decision making. On the march in Heidelberg, the vice president of KIT Oliver Kraft among others will give a talk. The march starte at the Friedrich-Ebert-Platz at 15:00.

March for Science
Karsten Woll (Bachground: The Combustion Institute. Published by Elsevier Inc..)
Pulsed metallurgy for new compound materials

“We want to develop metallic thin films as nanostructured compound materials with customized properties,” explains Karsten Woll, Emmy Noether group leader and newly elected YIN member. He uses electric impulses of less than a millisecond to precisely impress high heating and cooling rates on the material. Thereby, the thin film gets structured on nano-scale within split seconds. The emerging micro structures determine the mechanical properties. They can be precisely tailored in a broad range and, thus, optimally adjusted for application.

5 years KIT Associate Fellow
YIN Insight: Five Years of KIT Associate Fellow

2016 marked the 5th anniversary since the KIT Associate Fellow status was introduced in the official announcement 53/2011. As KIT Associate Fellows, independent, not yet habilitated group leaders can supervise their PhD students and may be examiners and first or additional third theses reviewers. Some KIT Departments also allow them to supervise and examine their Bachelor and Master students. YIN Insight gives a review. The journal also addresses the KIT 2025 Strategy and reports on faces, facts and figures of YIN.

YIN Insight 2015/16
Picture: Physik Journal
YIN goes Physics Journal: Permanently on fixed term

Opinionated and knowledgeable, YIN outlines the situation of junior scientists in the Physics Journal published by the German Physical Society (DPG). Based on numbers from the Federal Statistics Office, YIN takes a closer look at dwindling chances to obtain a permanent academic position and a decreasing demand for PhD holders from industry. High-skilled academics without clear career perspectives are not seldom too old, one legged, or over educated to switch sides – women are hit harder.

Physics Journal

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