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Issue 2018

MaxPlanckResearch 2/2018

Flashback: Molecules – On Ice
Cryo-electron microscopy facilitates the precise imaging of tiny structures, such as molecules, right down to the atomic level. For their contribution to the development of this technology, British molecular biologist Richard Henderson, German-born American researcher Joachim Frank and Swiss biophysicist Jacques Dubochet were awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 2017. At the Max Planck Society’s Fritz Haber Institute in Berlin, former Research Group Leader Friedrich Zemlin was also involved when the method carved out a place for itself in biology in the 1980s.
Issue 2012

MaxPlanckResearch 2/2012

Climate Protection in a Nanosponge
Three problems, one solution: This is the special charm of a research project on which Malte Behrens and Robert Schlögl are working at the Fritz Haber Institute of the Max Planck Society in Berlin. The chemists want to use carbon dioxide as a chemical raw material, which would keep the greenhouse gas out of the atmosphere, replace coal, gas and oil, and store renewable energy.

MaxPlanckResearch 2/2012

Carbon Acts as a Chemical Dating Agency
From plastic bags to hydrogen gas: almost nothing happens in chemistry without catalysts. The reaction accelerators often contain metals that are sometimes rare or need large amounts of energy to do their job. A research team headed by Robert Schlögl, Director at the Fritz Haber Institute of the Max Planck Society in Berlin, wanted to find out whether it was possible to do without catalysts.
Issue 2011

MPR 2 /2011

The Nanoworld Is Starting to Roll
Imagine vehicles that are just a few nanometers large and that clean surfaces or build molecular structures like tiny vehicles at a construction site. To bring this idea, or that of molecular electronics, out of the realm of imagination and into the real world, physicists are investigating the physics of the nanoworld.
Issue 2008

MPR 2 /2008

Equations of Discontinuity
Many years passed before the new physics discovered by Max Planck was explained mathematically and established as quantum mechanics.

MPR 1 /2008

Gerhard Ertl
Gerhard Ertl lives for his research, but there is no grimness in his determination. The Nobel Prize winner laughs much and often – and is very free with his humorous remarks.
Issue 2007

MPR 1 /2007

Molecules in Slow Motion
At temperatures near absolute zero, atoms act and react in slow motion, pro viding insights into their quantum properties.
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