IMT 20-17 \ Master Thesis: Fabrication and characterization of a micro levitation device

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:

Magnetic levitation is used in applications such as high-speed “MagLev” trains, and magnetic bearings. It allows for the contactless suspension of objects using magnetic force. At our group, we developed a miniaturized device for magnetic levitation featuring wirebonded microcoils. Using high frequency AC current, the device can be used to levitate a flat aluminum disk for a few hundred microns (watch video in the link below).

Recently, we designed a new version of the miniaturized levitation device to simplify the fabrication process, reduce power consumption, and enable optical applications. We are currently seeking a highly motivated student to work on the following:

Fabrication of the new designCarry out the electrical characterization measurementsTake part in the evaluation of potential optical applications

Link to YouTube video of the micro-levitaion device:

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

Background and interest in microsystems and microfabrication are requiredExperience with electrical measurements is requiredBackground in optics is desirableExperience with Solidworks is desirableIndependence and reliability

Field of study: Electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, optics



M.Sc. Mohammad Abdo, IMT, +49 721 608-29316 (e-mail:

Dr. Kirill Poletkin, IMT, +49 721 608-29305 (e-mail:

Please apply via recruiter’s website.

Quote Reference: Helmholtz-594