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Physics - Chemistry - 23.11.2018
Chemists develop new method for selective binding of proteins
Chemists develop new method for selective binding of proteins
‘Key-and-lock recognition' through co-assembling points of contact on a nanoscale / Potential for diagnostics, imaging and active ingredients in medicines A new method of selectively binding proteins to nanoparticles has been described by a team of German and Chinese researchers headed by Prof. Bart Jan Ravoo, a chemist at the “Center for Soft Nanoscience? at the University of Münster.

Physics - Chemistry - 14.11.2018
Environment turns molecule into a switch
Environment turns molecule into a switch
11/14/2018 For the first time, physicists from the University of Würzburg have successfully positioned an organic molecule on a substrate realizing two stable configurations. This may have application potential in molecular spintronics. It looks like a cross with four arms of equal length that have a central atom at their intersection.

Life Sciences - Chemistry - 28.09.2018
White Biotechnology: New Step for Antibiotics
Biochemists and organic chemists from Freie Universität Berlin along with partners are working on biotechnological production of bioactive molecules / Cooperation with TU Munich and Bar-Ilan University in Israel No 253/2018 from Sep 28, 2018 Scientists at Freie Universität Berlin, together with research teams from Munich and Israel, have unraveled the reaction mechanism of a biotechnologically relevant enzyme.

Chemistry - Physics - 25.09.2018
The gods of small things
The gods of small things
On the outside, the cluster made of 55 copper and aluminum atoms looks like a crystal, but chemically it has the properties of an atom. The heterometallic superatom which chemists of the Technical University of Munich (TUM) have created provides the prerequisites for developing new, more cost-effective catalysts.

Life Sciences - Chemistry - 04.09.2018
Zika virus proteins inhibit brain development
Zika virus proteins inhibit brain development
In healthy individuals, the Zika virus causes flu-like symptoms. If a pregnant woman becomes infected, the unborn child can suffer from severe brain abnormalities as a result of mechanisms that have not yet been explained. A study by the Technical University of Munich (TUM) and the Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry (MPI-B) shows that Zika virus proteins bind to cellular proteins that are required for neural development.

Chemistry - Physics - 07.08.2018
Chemists present new reaction path: Symmetrical cleavage of disulphides is fast and biocompatible
Chemists present new reaction path: Symmetrical cleavage of disulphides is fast and biocompatible
A team of researchers led by Prof. Frank Glorius and Michael Teders from the University of Münster and by Prof. Dirk Guldi from the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg have presented a new chemical reaction path which may prove to be of interest both for research and for the production of active ingredients in medicines.

Life Sciences - Chemistry - 30.07.2018
Pungent tasting substance in ginger reduces bad breath
Pungent tasting substance in ginger reduces bad breath
The pungent compound 6-gingerol, a constituent of ginger, stimulates an enzyme contained in saliva - an enzyme which breaks down foul-smelling substances. It thus ensures fresh breath and a better aftertaste. Citric acid, on the other hand, increases the sodium ion content of saliva, making salty foods taste less salty.

Life Sciences - Chemistry - 26.07.2018
Breakthrough in industrial CO2 usage
Research news Professor Arne Skerra of the Technical University of Munich (TUM) has succeeded for the first time in using gaseous CO2 as a basic material for the production of a chemical mass product in a biotechnical reaction. The product is methionine, which is used as an essential amino acid, particularly in animal feed, on a large scale.

Life Sciences - Chemistry - 05.07.2018
Site-directed RNA editing as an alternative to genetic scissors
Site-directed RNA editing as an alternative to genetic scissors
Tübingen researchers use cells' backup copies for targeted, reversible changes to genetic information - seeking applications in research and treatment of disease-causing mutations The development of CRISPR/Cas gene editing tools marked a revolution in the targeted alteration of genetic information. It opened up a wealth of opportunities for basic research and genetic repairs.

Life Sciences - Chemistry - 29.06.2018
Wave fronts and ant trails
Wave fronts and ant trails
Research news Munich physicists have discovered unique patterning phenomena in systems whose parts move actively. Despite identical initial conditions, two different states can coexist and dynamically interconvert. Their findings provide new insights into the variety of biological processes. Bird flocks and bacterial suspensions, but also the dynamic filamentous protein systems that make up the cytoskeleton of eukaryotic cells, have something in common.

Chemistry - Astronomy / Space Science - 28.06.2018
Complex Organic Molecules On Saturn's Moon Enceladus
Complex Organic Molecules On Saturn’s Moon Enceladus
Under its icy crust, Saturn's moon Enceladus conceals an global ocean of liquid water. A detector on the Cassini space probe detected ice particles propelled from Enceladus that contain high concentrations of organic substances. They exhibit the structures typical of highly complex macromolecular compounds.

Physics - Chemistry - 28.06.2018
The attosecond stopwatch
The attosecond stopwatch
Research news Ultra-short, high-intensity X-ray flashes open the door to the foundations of chemical reactions. Free-electron lasers generate these kinds of pulses, but there is a catch: the pulses vary in duration and energy. An international research team has now presented a solution: Using a ring of 16 detectors and a circularly polarized laser beam, they can determine both factors with attosecond accuracy.

Chemistry - Life Sciences - 20.06.2018
Producing sensors with an inkjet printer
Producing sensors with an inkjet printer
Research news Microelectrodes can be used for direct measurement of electrical signals in the brain or heart. These applications require soft materials, however. With existing methods, attaching electrodes to such materials poses significant challenges. A team at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) has now succeeded in printing electrodes directly onto several soft substrates.

Life Sciences - Chemistry - 18.06.2018
More than just a good flavor
Research news Not only do citric acid and spicy 6-gingerol from ginger add special flavors to food and beverages; both substances also stimulate the molecular defenses in human saliva. That is the result of a human clinical trial by a team from the Technical University of Munich (TUM) and the Leibniz-Institute for Food Systems Biology.

Physics - Chemistry - 24.05.2018
Switching with molecules
Switching with molecules
Research news A research team led by physicists at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) has developed molecular nanoswitches that can be toggled between two structurally different states using an applied voltage. They can serve as the basis for a pioneering class of devices that could replace silicon-based components with organic molecules.

Chemistry - Life Sciences - 23.05.2018
In the beginning was the phase separation
In the beginning was the phase separation
Research news The question of the origin of life remains one of the oldest unanswered scientific questions. A team at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) has now shown for the first time that phase separation is an extremely efficient way of controlling the selection of chemical building blocks and providing advantages to certain molecules.

Health - Chemistry - 18.05.2018
TUM coordinates two new Collaborative Research Centers
TUM coordinates two new Collaborative Research Centers
Research news The Technical University of Munich (TUM) has taken on the role of coordinator in two new German Research Foundation Collaborative Research Centers (short SFB for german 'Sonderforschungsbereich'), both of which are dedicated to the subject of cancer. One SFB analyzes the immunosignals that contribute to the occurrence of cancer, while the other conducts research into the biological properties of aggressive pancreatic cancer.

Chemistry - Life Sciences - 17.04.2018
The enzyme designers
The enzyme designers
Research news Practically all biochemical processes involve enzymes that accelerate chemical reactions. A research team from the Technical University of Munich (TUM) has now for the first time deciphered the molecular mechanism of the enzyme AsqJ. They see potential applications in the production of pharmaceutically active molecules, for example.

Life Sciences - Chemistry - 16.04.2018
Cleavage Product of Alzheimer's Key Protein APP Stimulates Nerve Cell Communication
Cleavage Product of Alzheimer’s Key Protein APP Stimulates Nerve Cell Communication
A cleavage product of the Alzheimer's APP protein stimulates nerve cell communication and memory. The protein fragment, known as APPs', has neuroprotective properties and acts as a signal molecule on other nerve cells. But how does it influence brain functions' An international research team led by Ulrike Müller of Heidelberg University has gained new insights into the molecular mechanism underlying its physiological functions.

Physics - Chemistry - 13.04.2018
Physics professor at Universität Hamburg recognized by European Research Council (ERC) for third time
Physics professor at Universität Hamburg recognized by European Research Council (ERC) for third time
¤2.5 million for new quantum computer concept Physics professor at Universität Hamburg recognized by European Research Council (ERC) for third time For the third consecutive year the ERC has granted Prof. Roland Wiesendanger, head of the Scanning Probe Methods Group in the Department of Physics at Universität Hamburg, a ¤2.5 million ERC Advanced Grant.

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