Rainer Kaltofen

Phone: +49 (0)351 4659-657

Fax: +49 (0)351 4659-782

Email: r.kaltofen(at)hzdr.de


Leibniz Institute for Solid State and Materials Research Dresden (IFW)
Institute for Integrative Nanosciences (IIN)
Helmholtzstraße 20
D-01069 Dresden, Germany

Short biography

Rainer Kaltofen obtained his Diploma in Semiconductor Physics and Radio Engineering at the Dresden University of Technology and the Chemnitz University of Technology, Germany, in 1971.

Until 1973 he worked as a researcher in the microelectronic industry before he became assistant researcher at the Dresden University of Technology in 1974 doing research in the field of electrochemistry. In 1977 he joined the Academy Institute in Dresden, Germany, which was the predecessor institute of the Leibniz Institute for Solid State and Materials Research Dresden (IFW Dresden), Germany.

Even though he has retired by now he continued working at the IFW Dresden in 2010 and in 2013 joined the ERC group of Denys Makarov who was awarded an ERC Starting Grant.

Research interests

  • Plasma assisted thin film growth
  • Intrinsic stress development in sputtered layers
  • Migration effects in high powered interconnects
  • Stretchable magnetoelectronics
  • Magnetic transport phenomena
  • Micromagnetism

Projects involved

9. EU FP7-ICT FET Young Explorers "CNTQC"
    Curved Nanomembranes for Topological Quantum Computation

8. ERC Proof-of-Concept Grant "MagnetoFLEX"
    Ultra-thin flexible Magnetic sensorics

7. ERC Starting Grant "SMaRT"
    Shapeable Magnetoelectronics in Research and Technology

6. DFG research grant proposal #MA 5144/3-1
    Dynamics of magnetic vortices in hemispherical nanocap structures

5. DFG research grant proposal
    Aktive verlustarme Magnetlager hoher Steifigkeit und Präzision mit
    integrierter Induktionsmessung und schneller Leistungselektronik

4. DFG research grant proposal #MA 5144/2-1
    Rolled-up architectures for magnetic racetrack memory applications

3. DFG research grant proposal #MA 5144/1-1
    Magnetic exchange coupled heterostructures on spherical nanoparticles

2. BMBF project Nanett #FKZ: 03IS2011F
    Kompetenznetzwerk für Nanosystemintegration

1. DFG Research Unit For 1713
    Sensoric Micro- and Nanosystems

Selected publications

11.   M. Melzer,  D. Karnaushenko,  D. Makarov,  L. Baraban,  A. Calvimontes,  I. Mönch,  R. Kaltofen,  Y. F. Mei, O. G. Schmidt
Elastic magnetic sensor with isotropic sensitivity for in-flow detection of magnetic objects
RSC Adv. 2, 2284 (2012) URL

10.M. Melzer, D. Makarov, A. Calvimontes, D. Karnaushenko, S. Baunack, R. Kaltofen, Y. F. Mei, O. G. Schmidt
Stretchable magnetoelectronics
Nano Lett. 11, 2522 (2011) URL

9.S. Vock, F. Wolny, T. Mühl, R. Kaltofen, L. Schultz, B. Büchner, C. Hassel, J. Lindner, V. Neu
Monopolelike probes for quantitative magnetic force microscopy: Calibration and application
Appl. Phys. Lett. 97, 252505 (2011) URL

8.C. Patschureck, R. Kaltofen, I. Mönch, R. Schäfer, L. Schultz, J. McCord
Magnetic domain compensation effect on the magnetodynamic response of ferromagnetic elements
Appl. Phys. Lett. 97, 052507 (2010) URL

7. F. Schäffel, C. Täschner, M. H. Rümmeli, V. Neu, U. Wolff, U. Queitsch, D. Pohl, R. Kaltofen, A. Leonhardt, B. Rellinghaus, B. Büchner, L. Schultz
Carbon nanotubes terminated with hard magnetic FePt nanomagnets
Appl. Phys. Lett. 94, 193107 (2009) URL

6.      M. Pletea, R. Koch, H. Wendrock, R. Kaltofen, O. G. Schmidt
In situ stress evolution during and after sputter deposition of Al thin films
J. Phys.-Condens. Mat. 21, 225008 (2009) URL

5.Y.-F. Chen, J. McCord, J. Freudenberger, R. Kaltofen, O. G. Schmidt
Effects of strain on magnetic and transport properties of Co films on plastic substrates
J. Appl. Phys. 105, 07C302 (2009) URL

4.R. Hühne, K. Güth, M. Kidszun, R. Kaltofen, L. Schultz, B. Holzapfel
Metallic seed layers for ion-beam assisted pulsed laser depositition of highly textured transitionn metal nitride films
J. Phys. D Appl. Phys. 41, 245404 (2008) URL

3.Y.-F. Chen, Y. F. Mei, R. Kaltofen, J. I. Mönch, J. Schumann, J. Freudenberger, H. J. Klauß, O. G. Schmidt
Towards flexible magnetoelectronics: Buffer-enhanced and mechanically tunable GMR of Co/Cu multilayers on plastic substrates
Adv. Mater. 20, 3224 (2008) URL

2.C. Hamann, I. Moench, R. Kaltofen, R. Schaefer, T. Gemming, L. Schultz, J. McCord
Size effects on the magnetization reversal behavior of exchange bias modulated thin films
Journal of Applied Physics 104, 13926 (2008) URL

1.      J. McCord, R. Kaltofen, O. G. Schmidt, L. Schultz
Tuning of magnetization dynamics by ultrathin antiferromagnetic layers
Appl. Phys. Lett. 92, 162506 (2008) URL