IMT 26-18 Master Thesis: Wideband miniaturized detectors for nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR)

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) - KIT - Helmholtz Association

Karlsruhe, Germany

Work group:

Institute of Microstructure Technology (IMT)

Area of research:

Diploma & Master Thesis

Job description:

Nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) is a versatile analytical technique which is able to provide unique and specific information at the molecular and atomic level in a non-invasive manner, i.e., without perturbing the molecular processes. Magnetic resonance is observed in all states of matter, over a wide range of temperatures from zero up to several hundreds of Kelvin, in applications spanning physics, chemistry, materials science, pharmacy, biology, medicine and engineering.

NMR detectors (usually known as “coils”) capture magnetic field fluctuations in the RF range (sub-GHz) and are usually working in the single frequency mode, i.e., being able to detect one single, specific nucleus (atomic species).

The GOAL of this project carried out at the Spin and Photon Application (SPA-) Lab at IMT is to develop a miniaturized detector operating in a wide range of frequencies, i.e., addressing multiple nuclei (atomic species) simultaneously. The project will address the optimization of such a detector from the point of view of sensitivity and signal-to-noise ratio.

The student will be integrated in a larger team within SPA-Lab, focusing on the development of NMR detectors for various applications. Within this project, the student will use the simulation infrastructure existent at the Institute of Microstructure Technology (IMT), i.e., the FEM COMSOL software to predict, analyze, and optimize the performance of the detectors. This is a complete project, offering the possibility to also fabricate the designed devices using the excellent microfabrication facilities at IMT, followed by testing in the state-of-the-art 11.74T Bruker NMR scanner.

The student will also be given the opportunity to co-author conference and/or journal publications.

Further information on the Institute of Microstructure Technology (IMT):

Excellent academic track record,Solid theoretical background in Electromagnetism,Familiar with FEM software, e.g., COMSOL, or strong desire to get knowledge in this field,Knowledge of microsystems and microfabrication would be desirable,Driven and enthusiastic to work in a multidisciplinary environment,Independent thinker, team player.

Field of study: Electrical engineering, Mechanical engineering, Physics, Optics.

Contract Duration

6-9 months

Contact person

Dr. Vlad Badilita, IMT,
+49 721 608-29315 (e-mail:

Please apply via recruiter’s website.

Quote Reference: Helmholtz-1628