Materials Sciences (Materials and Technology)

 

Better magnets for green energy

Researchers use multicomponent alloys to make strong and ductile soft magnetic materials more

Natural glue from mistletoe berries

A cellulose based material could be useful for medical applications such as wound sealant more

Black and white image showing a bundle of collagen fibres running horizontally. The very small deposits of nanoparticles can be seen on the collagen fibres.

Incorporating various minerals in collagen puts these composite materials under stress and makes them particularly hard and strong more

Using raw materials more sustainably

Insights into the oxidation of hydrocarbons at vanadium pentoxide pave the way for a new catalyst design more

Control the speed of magnetic processes

The transfer of angular momentum in 4f antiferromagnets depends on the strength of RKKY coupling more

How hydrogen behaves in aluminium alloys

Intermetallic particles could trap hydrogen inside the bulk material and prevent cracks more

Tongue-in-cheek award with cult status for cinema air study

The 2021 Ig Nobel Prize in Chemistry goes to scientists from the Max Planck Institute for Chemistry and the University of Mainz more

Scientific highlights 2020

Many publications by Max Planck scientists in 2020 were of great social relevance or met with a great media response. We have selected 13 articles to present you with an overview of some noteworthy research of the year more

Topology gets magnetic: The new wave of topological magnetic materials

Researchers demonstrate new high-throughput method for discovering magnetic topology more

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Black and white image showing a bundle of collagen fibres running horizontally. The very small deposits of nanoparticles can be seen on the collagen fibres.

Incorporating various minerals in collagen puts these composite materials under stress and makes them particularly hard and strong more

Tongue-in-cheek award with cult status for cinema air study

The 2021 Ig Nobel Prize in Chemistry goes to scientists from the Max Planck Institute for Chemistry and the University of Mainz more

Electrons in the fast lane

Microscopic structures could further improve perovskite solar cells more

Material design by laser: Thanks to a new technique, layers with different properties can be created in a special alloy during 3D printing.

A composite material with metal layers of varying hardness can be produced through clever temperature variation more

A touch of gold and silver

For the first time, it is possible to produce crystalline layers of precious metals that consist of a single atomic layer and which are semiconducting more

Microtransporter in an artificial blood vessel

A tiny magnetic sphere, loaded with tumour treatment, rolls against the bloodstream, targeted towards cancer cells more

Fighting the coronavirus with fabric and paper towels

There are many common household materials which block particles and droplets, and which can reduce the risk of infection from the coronavirus more

Ironclad climate protection

The metal industry and materials science have numerous possibilities to make metallic materials more climate-friendly more

Nanoceramics from the ball mill

Nanometer-sized corundum particles for automotive catalysts and particularly stable ceramics can now be produced amazingly easily more

A new concept for self-assembling micromachines

Polarisable microrobots components can be designed to find each other in an electric field more

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Scientific highlights 2020

Many publications by Max Planck scientists in 2020 were of great social relevance or met with a great media response. We have selected 13 articles to present you with an overview of some noteworthy research of the year more

“The metal industry is about to undergo one of the greatest upheavals in history”

Dierk Raabe, Director at the Max Planck Institute for Iron Research in Düsseldorf, explains the opportunities that industrial companies already have today to achieve the goal of a sustainable metal industry. more

Drops in motion

When liquids are moved on a surface, similar frictional forces arise as those acting on solid bodies more

Stiff fibres spun from slime

Under the influence of shear forces, nanoparticles from the secretion of velvet worms form polymer fibres that can be recycled in water more

Algae with light switch

The adhesion of Chlamydomonas, a unicellular alga, to surfaces is light-dependent more

Deceptive teeth

Although the dentition of the wedgefish appear designed to crush shellfish, it also eats stingrays more

Shining a spotlight on the machinery of life

Using a plasmonic nanosensor, it is possible to observe enzymes and how they move without a marker more

Pompeii through the ages

Scientists from Fraunhofer and Max Planck institutes are studying the history of the restoration of Pompeii, which has been a UNESCO world heritage site since 1997, and are developing innovative materials and processes for conserving the city’s ancient sites. more

Gecko-inspired multipurpose gripper

An elastic membrane covered with tiny fibres paired with a pressure differential enables a new soft gripper system with a high adhesion performance even on curved surfaces more

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