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Issue 2015

1/2015

Vaccines from a Reactor
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. Udo Reichl, Director at the Max Planck Institute for Dynamics of Complex Technical Systems, and his colleagues have therefore been working on a fully automated method for production in cell cultures that could yield vaccines in large quantities in a crisis.
Issue 2014

1/2014

Mathematics in the Borderlands
Normally, Peter Benner and his colleagues at the Max Planck Institute for Dynamics of Complex Technical Systems in Magdeburg work on complicated numerical methods to optimize the automatic control of technical systems and equipment. Recently, however, their research was applied to resolve a political conflict centering around drug cultivation, herbicide spraying and border violations in South America.
Issue 2012

MPR 2/2012

Hunting for Treasure among the Wood Chips
Wood waste and straw contain valuable substances for the chemical industry, and these substances are what chemists from the Max-Planck-Institut für Kohlenforschung in Mülheim an der Ruhr and the Max Planck Institute for Dynamics of Complex Technical Systems in Magdeburg want to get their hands on. The researchers are looking for ways to convert biomass into useful chemical compounds and use them as energy sources or raw materials.
Issue 2011
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Issue 2009

MPR Special "Innovation" /2009

Computers at the Helm
An autopilot for river boats needs to be especially cautious – Ernst Dieter Gilles tailored it to be just so.
Issue 2008

MPR 4 /2008

Ulrike Krewer
When direct methanol fuel cells can fi nally be used as energy sources for a wide range of applications, we will probably have Ulrike Krewer to thank for it.
Issue 2007

MPR 3 /2007

A Short Process in a Chemical Reactor
Some chemical processes behave like good-natured monsters: they can be controlled, but they remain fairly unpredictable
– and that’s why they cost the chemical industry millions.
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