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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.


IUPAP Young Scientist Prize for Frank Schroeder
YIN member gets IUPAP Young Scientist Prize

For his outstanding contributions, Frank Schröder received the IUPAP Young Scientist Prize in Astroparticle Physics. In particular, he experimentally determined the sensitivity of the radio signal to air showers: When colliding with earth's atmosphere, cosmic rays set free cascades of smaller particles and, thereby, produce light as well as radio waves. While light observations are limited to clear, dark nights, radio emissions can always be measured. Representing 60 member states, IUPAP is one of the largest international physics organizations.

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First Associate Fellows at two KIT Departments

Helmholtz group leader Dr. Hartwig Anzt has become the first KIT Associate Fellow at the KIT Department of Mathematics. He was directly ascribed the status when taking up his new position. At the KIT Department of Chemical and Process Engineering, Dr. Emin Azad now is the first KIT junior research group leader holding the status of Associate Fellow, besides three senior scientists. Henceforth, both young investigators may review the thesis of PhD students who are members of their groups.

Announcement KIT Associate Fellow
Fakultätslehrpreis Maschinenbau
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.

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.

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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.

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