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Physics - Chemistry - 29.12.2017
"Failure is not an option": A lab visit to Prof. Friedemann Kiefer
Prof. Kiefer, what scientific topic are you working on right now? My group is investigating how lymphatic vessels form and how they are preserved in a functional state. During development, the lymphatic vessel system adopts a characteristic structure and we would like to understand, which molecular mechanisms are responsible for the formation of the prototypic shape of this vessel tree.

Physics - Chemistry - 21.12.2017
Exploring the phenomenon of superconductivity
Exploring the phenomenon of superconductivity
Using ultracold atoms, researchers at Heidelberg University have found an exotic state of matter where the constituent particles pair up when limited to two dimensions. The findings from the field of quantum physics may hold important clues to intriguing phenomena of superconductivity. Superconductors are materials through which electricity can flow without any resistance once they are cooled below a certain critical temperature.

Physics - Chemistry - 21.12.2017
Exploring the phenomenon of superconductivity
Exploring the phenomenon of superconductivity
Using ultracold atoms, researchers at Heidelberg University have found an exotic state of matter where the constituent particles pair up when limited to two dimensions. The findings from the field of quantum physics may hold important clues to intriguing phenomena of superconductivity. Superconductors are materials through which electricity can flow without any resistance once they are cooled below a certain critical temperature.

Chemistry - Physics - 06.12.2017
Hydrogen Gas from Enzyme Production
Scientists at Freie Universität Berlin and Ruhr-Universität Bochum investigate biological production of "energy source of the future" No 337/2017 from Dec 06, 2017 Researchers at Freie Universität Berlin and the Ruhr-Universität Bochum have uncovered a crucial reaction principle of hydrogen-producing enzymes.

Physics - Chemistry - 06.12.2017
Flipping the electron spin
Flipping the electron spin
Research news When lithium-ion batteries are charged too quickly, metallic lithium gets deposited on the anodes. This reduces battery capacity and lifespan and can even destroy the batteries. Scientists at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) and the Forschungszentrum Jülich have now presented a process that, for the first time ever, allows this so-called lithium plating process to be investigated directly.

Life Sciences - Chemistry - 01.12.2017
Computer analysis fills gaps in antibody blueprint
Computer analysis fills gaps in antibody blueprint
Research news Antibodies defend our bodies against intruders. These molecules consist of proteins with attached sugars. However, the blueprint directing the processing of these sugars on the protein was not well understood until now. Scientists from the Technical University of Munich and the Helmholtz Zentrum München used computer analysis to complete this blueprint and confirmed their findings in the laboratory.

Life Sciences - Chemistry - 30.11.2017
Visible signals from brain and heart
Visible signals from brain and heart
Research news Key processes in the body are controlled by the concentration of calcium in and around cells. A team from the Technical University of Munich (TUM) and the Helmholtz Zentrum München have developed the first sensor molecule that is able to visualize calcium in living animals with the help of a radiation-free imaging technique known as optoacoustics.

Health - Chemistry - 22.11.2017
Suppression of miR-29 protects against cardiac fibrosis
Suppression of miR-29 protects against cardiac fibrosis
Research news Cardiac fibrosis involves an increase of connective tissue in the cardiac muscle, causing a loss of function. A team of researchers at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) has now discovered that microRNA 29 (miR-29) plays an important role in the formation of tissue fibrosis. They occur less frequently when miR-29 is suppressed in cardiac muscle cells.

Chemistry - Physics - 01.09.2017
Chemical hotspots
Chemical hotspots
Research news Chemistry live: Using a scanning tunneling microscope, researchers at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) were able for the very first time to witness in detail the activity of catalysts during an electro-chemical reaction. The measurements show that the surface structure of the catalyst has a strong influence on their activity.

Physics - Chemistry - 25.08.2017
Ten billion atoms in rank and file
Ten billion atoms in rank and file
Research news Each atomic layer thin, tear-resistant, and stable. Graphene is seen as the material of the future. It is ideal for e.g. producing ultra-light electronics or highly stable mechanical components. But the wafer-thin carbon layers are difficult to produce. At the Technical University of Munich (TUM), Jürgen Kraus has manufactured self-supporting graphene membranes, and at the same time systematically investigated and optimized the growth of the graphene crystals.

Physics - Chemistry - 24.08.2017
Finding Life: Spectral Biomarkers in Planetary Atmospheres
Physicist at Freie Universität Berlin Receives Freigeist Fellowship from the Volkswagen Foundation No 225/2017 from Aug 24, 2017 The physicist Dr. Andreas Elsaesser from Freie Universität Berlin has been granted a Freigeist Fellowship from the Volkswagen Foundation for his research project "Finding Life: Spectral Biomarkers in Planetary Atmospheres.

Chemistry - 01.08.2017
Help from the stomach for dry eyes
Help from the stomach for dry eyes
Research news After a long day of working at the computer, scratchy contact lenses are not only painful, over longer periods of time they can also damage ocular tissue. Relief may be in sight from a natural mucus component referred to as a mucin. A team from the Technical University of Munich (TUM) has now succeeded in demonstrating that contact lenses coated with purified porcine gastric mucin do not cause damage to the eye anymore.

Physics - Chemistry - 24.07.2017
Carbon Nanotubes Turn Electrical Current into Light-emitting Quasi-particles
Carbon Nanotubes Turn Electrical Current into Light-emitting Quasi-particles
Light-matter quasi-partic­les can be generated electrically in semiconducting carbon nanotubes. Material scientists and physicists from Heidelberg University (Germany) and the University of St Andrews (Scotland) used light-emitting and extremely stable transistors to reach strong light-matter coupling and create exciton-polaritons.

Astronomy / Space Science - Chemistry - 13.07.2017
Complex Gas Motion in the Centre of the Milky Way
Complex Gas Motion in the Centre of the Milky Way
How does the gas in the centre of the Milky Way behave? Researchers from Heidelberg University, in collaboration with colleagues from the University of Oxford, recently investigated the motion of gas clouds in a comprehensive computer simulation. The new model finally makes it possible to conclusively explain this complex gas motion.

Life Sciences - Chemistry - 07.07.2017
Toward New Antiviral Drugs and Antibiotics
Scientists at Freie Universität and the Leibniz-Forschungsinstitut für Molekulare Pharmakologie publish new results on how membrane necks get constricted and cut ' 188/2017 from Jul 07, 2017 Scientists at Freie Universität Berlin and the Leibniz-Forschungsinstitut für Molekulare Pharmakologie (FMP) have succeeded in revealing a key mechanism of membrane deformation.

Chemistry - Physics - 28.06.2017
Bio-fuel from waste
Bio-fuel from waste
Research news Fuel from waste? It is possible. But hitherto, converting organic waste to fuel has not been economically viable. Excessively high temperatures and too much energy are required. Using a novel catalyst concept, researchers at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) have now managed to significantly reduce the temperature and energy requirements of a key step in the chemical process.

Life Sciences - Chemistry - 09.06.2017
Analysis of Complex Protein Interactions
Analysis of Complex Protein Interactions
The composition of specific functional protein complexes in their cellular environment can now be analysed with unprecedented resolution. The team led by junior group leader Dr Julien Béthune at Heidelberg University Biochemistry Center has developed a new technique which allows the scientists to overcome a long-standing hurdle in molecular cell biology.

Life Sciences - Chemistry - 01.06.2017
Closing In On the Secret of Possible New Enzymes
Closing In On the Secret of Possible New Enzymes
Researchers at Heidelberg University have gained new knowledge on the possible biological function of patellamides. In laboratory experiments, they were able to demonstrate that this natural product displays important catalytic activity in combination with copper(II). The team of scientists headed by chemist Peter Comba developed a special method to determine whether this activity can also be observed in the patellamide-producing organisms.

Health - Chemistry - 31.05.2017
Funding Extension for Project to Investigate Thermo-nanogels for Treatment of Skin Disease and Tumors
German Federal Ministry of Education and Research to Support Junior Research Group of Marcelo Calderón for Two Additional Years â?- 140/2017 from May 31, 2017 A research project based at Freie Universität Berlin to investigate the use of thermoresponsive nanogels for the treatment of skin diseases and tumors is being sponsored by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research for an additional two years.

Life Sciences - Chemistry - 07.04.2017
Ed Hurt Receives ERC Advanced Grant
Ed Hurt Receives ERC Advanced Grant
The European Research Council (ERC) has awarded biochemist Ed Hurt a highly endowed ERC Advanced Grant for outstanding research leaders in Europe. The researchers in Prof. Hurt's team want to study the largely unexplored processes that take place in the initial phase of the manufacture of these cellular protein factories.