inkubatorNanoscribe GmbH, located in Eggenstein-Leopoldshafen near Karlsruhe, Germany, offers 3D printers for the micro- and nanometer scale as well as photoresists and process solutions tailored to specific application areas. Nanoscribe has established itself in this field as the technological and global market leader with its laser lithographic processes. Our 3D lithography systems are spread throughout Europe, Asia, North America as well as Australia. The performance of the groundbreaking Photonic Professional GT system generation was emphasized in February 2014 by being awarded a Prism Award in San Francisco, the "Oscar of Photonics" in the category "Advanced Manufacturing".

We serve scientific and industrial customers and develop customised solutions and processes for specific industrial applications. Nanoscribe is a member of the European Photonics Industry Consortium EPIC and the Competence Network for Optical Technologies in Baden-Württemberg Photonics BW .

Nanoscribe was founded in 2007 as a spin-off from the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), where since 2001 the technologically applicative basis for the subsequent spin-off was laid. Nanoscribe is a medium-scaled company according to § 267 HGB.


Founders and Partners


Martin Hermatschweiler is co-founder and managing partner of Nanoscribe GmbH, ever since the company was founded. His main task as CEO is the company's positive development, particularly through the development of new markets. He studied physics in Ulm and Karlsruhe and graduated with honours. His scientific expertise lies in laser patterning of polymers as well as in their casting into high refractive index optical materials. In 2015, he has been listed among the TOP 40 entrepreneurs within Germany younger than 40 years by the journal "Capital", the so-called "young elite".


Michael Thiel

Dr. Michael Thiel is co-founder, authorized officer and Chief Science Officer (CSO) of the company. His focus lies on the development of technical innovations in research and development. After studying physics and attending the National Institute of Standards and Technology in the U.S., he earned his PhD at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) in the subject field of 3D laser lithography. For his work he received the KIT PhD Award in 2011. Michael Thiel is INSEAD alumnus since 2015. In 2016, he was chosen to be one of Germanys best innovators under 35. The same year he has been receiving the European CTO of the year 2016 award.


Georg von Freymann

Prof. Dr. Georg von Freymann is co-founder of the company and as Chief Technical Officer (CTO) he was responsible for the product development of the Photonic Professional platform. He is a (W3) professor for Experimental Physics / Technical Physics at the Technical University of Kaiserslautern and head of the department "Material Characterization and Testing" at the Fraunhofer Institute for Physical Measurement Techniques (IPM) in Kaiserslautern.  His research focuses on the areas of optical technology and photonics.


Martin Wegener

Prof. Dr. Martin Wegener is co-founder and initiator of the company's founding. He is a (W3) professor at the Institute of Applied Physics at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) and department head at the Institute of Nanotechnology. His multitude of honours and awards include, inter alia, the Prize for Young University Teachers awarded by the Alfried Krupp von Bohlen und Halbach-Stiftung in 1993, the DFG Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize in 2000 and the Carl Zeiss Research Award in 2006. He is a Fellow of the Optical Society of America (OSA) and a Fellow of the Hector Foundation since 2008.


Zeiss.jpgZEISS has supported the spin-off from the start with technology and consulting and also made a financial contribution through the acquisition of shares in September 2008.