Research Magazine

Light is the elixir of life, inspiration for artists and an indispensable tool in science and technology. Reason enough for UNESCO to proclaim 2015 as the International Year of Light. And a good opportunity to dedicate the focus of our magazine to this topic: discover how Max Planck scientists work with optical tweezers, film the movements of electrons, or analyse the painting by Caravaggio.

Light

Light is the elixir of life, inspiration for artists and an indispensable tool in science and technology. Reason enough for UNESCO to proclaim 2015 as the International Year of Light. And a good opportunity to dedicate the focus of our magazine to this topic: discover how Max Planck scientists work with optical tweezers, film the movements of electrons, or analyse the painting by Caravaggio. [more]

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Chemistry . Computer Science . Medicine

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Transforming research into new products

March 06, 2015

Yearbook report 2015 of Max Planck Innovation, the Max Planck Society's tech transfer office [more]

Chemistry . Infection Biology . Medicine

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Vaccines from a reactor

March 01, 2015

In the event of an impending global flu pandemic, vaccine production could quickly reach its limits, as flu vaccines are still largely produced in embryonated chicken eggs. [more]

Chemistry . Climate Research . Earth Sciences . Ecology

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High tech at a lofty height

December 11, 2014

A 325-metre-high climate research tower is being built in the Amazon rainforest [more]

Chemistry

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Coffee withdrawal

August 13, 2014

Coffee: It leaves some people feeling fit and refreshed; in others, it makes their heart race. Scientists have developed several decaffeination processes to allow even people who react badly to caffeine to enjoy a cup of the “black brew.” Kurt Zosel from the Max Planck Institute for Coal Research in Mülheim an der Ruhr came across one of these processes quite by chance in 1967. [more]

Chemistry

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Patent solution in a canning jar

August 11, 2014

From shopping bags to shampoo bottles to plastic watering cans – many everyday objects both large and small might look very different if it hadn’t been for the invention of chemist and Max Planck researcher Karl Ziegler. It took the catalysts developed at the Max-Planck-Institut für Kohlenforschung (coal research) to pave the way for the use of plastics in everyday items. [more]

Cell Biology . Cognitive Science . Material Sciences

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Research highlights 2014

June 04, 2014

Three research articles from the Yearbook 2014 [more]

Material Sciences

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Skin with high rust protection factor

June 03, 2014

In industrialized countries, corrosion guzzles up to 4 percent of economic performance annually. Consequently, scientists working with Martin Stratmann and Michael Rohwerderat the Max-Planck-Institut für Eisenforschung (Iron Research) in Düsseldorf are developing synthetic coatings that can protect steels and other metals from rust and heal themselves if they become damaged. [more]

Chemistry . Material Sciences . Solid State Research

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From thin silicate films to the atomic structure of glass

June 02, 2014

Structure of amorphous materials clarified. This project has so far been a big challenge due to the complexity of this material class. Modern preparation methods in combination with scanning tunneling microscopy succeed in decrypting the everyday material glass. [more]

 
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