'Please blow into this bag': what is known to drivers from traffic controls could increasingly complement blood checks in medical examinations. Scientists around Professor Boris Mizaikoff, Director of the Institute of Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry (IABC) at Ulm University, developed a breath gas analysis method ('μbreath') which allows them to diagnose various diseases in humans – in some cases before they even break out. The team recently received an award by the British Royal Society of Chemistry for their application-oriented infrared sensors.
'The body's metabolism is reflected in the compounds present in the exhaled breath. On the basis of minuscule molecules, which are chemically altered or...13.07.2016 | Read more
The external member of the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research (MPI-P), Prof. Dr. George Fytas, has been granted over two million euros by the European Research Council (ERC) for retrieving a dispersion relation for quantized sound waves, so-called phonons, in soft structures.
Soft materials that are periodic on the submicrometer length scale act as both hypersonic phononic and visible light photonic crystals. This means: they...13.07.2016 | Read more
The renowned International Institute of Welding (IIW) has annually granted the most important emerging scientist award in the area of joining technology since 1948: the Henry Granjon Prize. On July 10th, 2016, Dr Seyed Goushegir is awarded this year’s prestigious prize at the IIW's 69th annual meeting in Melbourne. He receives the prize for his work within the Institute of Materials Research at the Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht.
The Henry Granjon Prize is awarded for outstanding publications in four categories carried out by emerging researchers working toward a master's thesis or...11.07.2016 | Read more
Two Scientists, Two Institutes, One Goal: Highest Efficiency Solar Cells
For the eleventh year in a row, SolarWorld’s prestigious Junior Einstein Award has been awarded to excellent young scientists and engineers. At the award...27.06.2016 | Read more
Joint research team of the Max Planck Institute for the Structure and Dynamics of Matter and the University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf receives award for a recent work on laser eye surgery
In their publication “A New Technology for Applanation Free Corneal Trephination: The Picosecond Infrared Laser (PIRL)” the research team around Stephan J....16.06.2016 | Read more
Scientists at the Helmholtz Zentrum München have received more than one million euros in the framework of the European Horizon 2020 Initiative. Dr. Tobias Stöger and Dr. Otmar Schmid from the Institute of Lung Biology and Disease and the Comprehensive Pneumology Center (CPC) will be using the funds to develop new tests to assess risks posed by nanomaterials in the airways. This could contribute to reducing the need for complex toxicity tests.
Nanoparticles are extremely small particles that can penetrate into remote parts of the body. While researchers are investigating various strategies for...13.06.2016 | Read more
Marcus Seidel, who joined the group of Prof. Ferenc Krausz in 2012, has been selected as the winner of the Tingye Li Innovation Prize at the Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics (CLEO 2016).
In honor of the Chinese-American physicist Dr. Tingye Li (1931-2012) and his fundamental research in particular on laser modes and optical communication, the...09.06.2016 | Read more
Hans Clevers is to receive the Körber European Science Prize 2016. The Körber Foundation is awarding the Körber Prize to Clevers for his ground-breaking findings on stem cells.
Hans Clevers is to receive the Körber European Science Prize 2016, which is endowed with 750,000 euros. The Dutch biologist and physician has developed a new...07.06.2016 | Read more
Great success for cutting-edge research: Kiel University receives new collaborative research centre
Research into highly sensitive magnetic field sensors has been the focus of nano research at Kiel University for a number of years. On Wednesday, 25 May, the...27.05.2016 | Read more
Ralf Preu and Jan Nekarda Receive 2016 Joseph von Fraunhofer Prize
Photovoltaics and wind energy are major building blocks in the energy transformation, which is one of the biggest challenges society faces in the coming...11.05.2016 | Read more
DNA molecules that follow specific instructions could offer more precise molecular control of synthetic chemical systems, a discovery that opens the door for engineers to create molecular machines with new and complex behaviors.
Researchers have created chemical amplifiers and a chemical oscillator using a systematic method that has the potential to embed sophisticated circuit...
MPQ scientists achieve long storage times for photonic quantum bits which break the lower bound for direct teleportation in a global quantum network.
Concerning the development of quantum memories for the realization of global quantum networks, scientists of the Quantum Dynamics Division led by Professor...
Researchers have developed a water cloaking concept based on electromagnetic forces that could eliminate an object's wake, greatly reducing its drag while...
Tiny pores at a cell's entryway act as miniature bouncers, letting in some electrically charged atoms--ions--but blocking others. Operating as exquisitely sensitive filters, these "ion channels" play a critical role in biological functions such as muscle contraction and the firing of brain cells.
To rapidly transport the right ions through the cell membrane, the tiny channels rely on a complex interplay between the ions and surrounding molecules,...
The miniaturization of the current technology of storage media is hindered by fundamental limits of quantum mechanics. A new approach consists in using so-called spin-crossover molecules as the smallest possible storage unit. Similar to normal hard drives, these special molecules can save information via their magnetic state. A research team from Kiel University has now managed to successfully place a new class of spin-crossover molecules onto a surface and to improve the molecule’s storage capacity. The storage density of conventional hard drives could therefore theoretically be increased by more than one hundred fold. The study has been published in the scientific journal Nano Letters.
Over the past few years, the building blocks of storage media have gotten ever smaller. But further miniaturization of the current technology is hindered by...
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