Max Planck Institute for Solid State Research

Research publications

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Research publications 2017

Nuclear magnetic resonance scanner for individual proteins

July 05, 2017

Thanks to improved resolution, a quantum sensor can now identify individual atoms in biomolecules [more]


The first glimpse of a single protein

January 25, 2017

A folded protein molecule can be clearly imaged with the help of electron holograms [more]

Research publications 2016

Trickling electrons

November 07, 2016

Close to absolute zero, the particles exhibit their quantum nature [more]


Nanotechnology: Molecular Lego with an encoded blueprint

March 02, 2016

In a self-organized process, a selected peptide forms a honeycomb structure on a surface [more]

Research publications 2015

Let there be hydrogen

October 16, 2015

An organic framework serves as a catalyst for the photocatalytic conversion of water into hydrogen [more]


Touchless displays superseding touchscreens?

October 01, 2015

Touchless displays could react to moisture emitted by the human body [more]


Framework compounds: metal-organic transformations

April 17, 2015

The mechanosynthesis of cage compounds suitable for storing gases can be monitored in real-time with the help of X-ray powder diffraction [more]


Jumping crystals

January 07, 2015

Insights into structural transformations explain why mechanical tension causes some crystals to jump, while others crumble [more]

Research publications 2014

A nanolamp with lightning-fast switch

November 14, 2014

A light source and its transistor-operated brightness control shrink to the size of a single molecule [more]


How Paramecium protozoa claw their way to the top

September 19, 2014

Thanks to their asymmetrical form, the slipper-shaped microorganisms can swim to the surface of the water under their own steam [more]


Custom-made nanotubes

August 13, 2014

Carbon nanotubes can be specifically produced with a desired structure from suitable precursor molecules [more]


The atomic picture of magnetism

August 05, 2014

Atomic scale imaging of magnetic structures allows for new aspects of high-temperature superconductivity to be studied. [more]


Atoms and molecules on the same wavelength

May 12, 2014

Organic dye molecules are used as single photon sources and can be tuned to the optical transitions of alkali metals



Quantum computation in diamond

February 19, 2014

Researchers have succeeded in performing a logic operation and error correction in a quantum register made from nuclear spins of the gemstone [more]

Research publications 2013

Resistance makes waves

December 23, 2013

There is a growing understanding of the conditions required for superconductivity and how it can be achieved at realistic temperatures [more]


New catalyst for fuel cells

December 13, 2013

Researchers discover a potential substitute for platinum [more]


A folding ceramic

March 27, 2013

A sophisticated nanostructure renders a wafer-thin paper made of electrically conductive vanadium pentoxide fibres both tough and pliable [more]


Studying nuclear spin in the nanoworld

February 15, 2013

A new form of NMR technology gives scientists what they need to examine the structure of minute samples [more]

Research publications 2012

Constructive conflict in the superconductor

August 17, 2012

Charge density waves improve our understanding of the zero-resistance transport of electricity and could explain an unusual interplay of superconducting and magnetic materials [more]


The world's smallest magnetic data storage unit

January 17, 2012

Scientists from IBM and the German Center for Free-Electron Laser Science (CFEL) have built a magnetic data storage unit that uses just twelve atoms per bit.

Research publications 2011

A new dimension in materials research

May 25, 2011

The electronic and magnetic properties of thin films depend on the number of atomic layers which are stacked on top of each other [more]

Research publications 2010

A material that keeps its cool when hot

October 22, 2010

A great deal of energy could be saved if turbines and combustion engines operated at higher  temperatures than they currently do. Ceramic high-temperature materials make this possible. [more]

Research publications 2009

Magnetic monopoles in spin ice

February 05, 2009

Inseparable, that is what the north and the south pole of a magnet usually are. In some solids, however, they can move independently and thus become magnetic monopoles. [more]

Research publications 2007

Evolution in the Nanoworld

October 30, 2007

This week, scientists publish images resolving molecules which have organized themselves into patterns according to size [more]


Everything starts with Recognition

April 23, 2007

Scientists track at the atomic scale how individual molecules recognise each other [more]


Delicate Relation between Single Spins

March 01, 2007

Scientists measure the magnetic interaction between single atoms [more]


Economical and Flexible

March 01, 2007

Scientists construct complementary circuits from organic materials [more]

Research publications 2006

Long-lived magnetic fluctuations in a crystal

June 30, 2006

German scientists measured for the first time long-lived coordinated magnetic fluctuations in a magnetic material using a new neutron beam technique [more]


Walter Metzner wins 2006 Europhysics Prize

April 20, 2006

Four scientists honoured with the 2006 Europhysics Prize for developing and applying "dynamical mean-field theory" [more]

Research publications 2005

Neutrons, the Spies of the Nanoworld

November 24, 2005

The Max Planck Society and the Technical University in Munich inaugurate a unique neutron spectrometer at the research neutron source (FRM-II) in Garching, Germany [more]

Research publications 2004

Good vibrations in the nanoworld

September 27, 2004

Local defects tune the vibrational modes of carbon nanotubes [more]

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