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Issue 2018

MaxPlanckResearch 3/2018

Diamond – a flawless sensor

Brilliant-cut diamonds can emit a dazzling array of light, but that is not what attracts Joerg Wrachtrup to these precious stones. The Professor of Physics at the University of Stuttgart and Fellow at Stuttgart’s Max Planck Institute for Solid State Research works with less conspicuous diamonds. His team uses these to develop sensors that are intended to allow live observation of the molecular machinery in a living cell. These insights into the nanoworld could also be of benefit in medicine.

Issue 2014


Quantum World in a Cube
Nanoelectronics is at once a promise and a challenge. Within their tiny dimensions, electrons, the drivers of electronic circuits, exhibit some exotic quantum effects. Using ultrasensitive techniques, researchers in Klaus Kern’s department at the Max Planck Institute for Solid State Research in Stuttgart are studying the behavior of electrons in nanostructures.
Issue 2011

MPR 3 /2011

Aromatic Chips
Printable, flexible and low-cost – these are the properties that engineers hope to achieve with organic electronics. Researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Solid State Research and the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research are investigating various materials that can be used to manufacture monitors that can be rolled up, or low-cost chips for mass-produced articles.

MPR 2 /2011

Superconductivity Is Pair Work
Electric cables that routinely conduct electricity without loss – physicists have been motivated by this idea ever since superconductivity was discovered 100 years ago.
Issue 2010

MPR 4 /2010

Blood Samples Undergo Nanotesting
Researchers aim to revolutionize blood sample analysis with highly sensitive diagnostic chips.

MPR 3 /2010

A Material That Keeps Its Cool When Hot
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. Martin Jansen, Director at the Max Planck Institute for Solid State Research in Stuttgart, has been conducting research into just such a new material for 20 years. It is now ready for the market.
Issue 2009

MPR Special "Innovation" /2009

Pioneers between the Poles
Rechargeable lithium batteries have a big future as energy storage. Discoveries by Joachim Maier and his co-workers in the field of nanoionics help boost their performance.
Issue 2008

MPR 1 /2008

Roll Call for Molecules
Biologists still know very little about the first tentative steps taken by life on Earth. At some point, molecules must have joined together to form a structure that can copy itself. This mysterious event was based on the principle of self-organization, which chemist Klaus Kern and his colleagues at the Max Planck Institute for Solid State Research in Stuttgart are studying.
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