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IMT 39-2022 Master Thesis in 3D printing of complex architectures of pyrolytic carbon

Organizational unit

Institute of Microstructure Technology (IMT)

Job description

3D printing of carbon materials enables fabrication of 3D complex architectures of carbon materials, which have shown great promise in a variety of applications starting from energy materials to tissue engineering scaffolds. The fabrication process includes 3D designs using CAD modelling, followed by 3D printing a precursor materials and high-temperature carbonization. A significant shrinkage of the geometry occurs during carbonization of the 3D printed precursor. The shrinkage phenomenon often imparts catastrophic impact on the geometry, particularly for large-scale structures. Here, we aim to understand the shrinkage phenomenon of large-scale 3D printed geometries and incorporate the shrinkage artifacts in the design so that the carbonization process self-corrects the design during shrinkage.

The specific tasks within the project will be:

  • CAD modelling of 3D architectures,
  • 3D printing of precursor architectures using stereolithography;
  • carbonization of 3D printed structures; and
  • characterization of the carbonized parts for material properties.

The candidate will be using the facilities existent the Institute of Microstructure Technology (IMT), i.e., microfabrication facilities and micro-characterization equipment. Furthermore, the candidate will be given the opportunity to co-author in a conference/journal paper.

Further information on the Institute for Microstructure Technology (IMT) can be found at:

Starting date

as soon as possible

Personal qualification

  • Field of study: Mechanical engineering, materials engineering, and related fields.
  • Enthusiast to work in an interdisciplinary environment
  • Experience in CAD modelling and 3D printing is encouraged
  • Self-motivated, independent thinker, proactive and a team player.
  • Good proficiency in English (both speaking and writing).

Contract duration

limited for 6-9 months

Contact person in line-management

For further information, please contact Monsur Islam, phone +49 721 608-29312, E-Mail:

Please apply online using the button below for this vacancy number IMT 39-2022.

Ausschreibungsnummer: IMT 39-2022

Recognized severely disabled persons will be preferred if they are equally qualified.


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