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Research News and Awards

Press Releases

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Manfred Eigen, Nobel Laureate and founder of our institute, is turning 90

May 09, 2017
Manfred Eigen, longtime Director and the founder of our institute, is celebrating his 90th birthday on May 9, 2017. Additionally, it is the 50th anniversary of his receiving the 1967 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his ground-breaking research on ultrafast chemical reactions. (in German) [more]
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Science and technology at first hand – Zukunftstag

April 27, 2017
At the "Future Day for Girls and Boys" (Zukunftstag für Mädchen und Jungen) on April 27, 2017, about 70 pupils obtained insights into science and technology at the MPI for Biophysical Chemistry. During the visits the various departments, facilities, and workshops of the institute they gained first experiences working as an animal keeper, or carpenter, a communication technician, a computer scientist, an electronic engineer, precision mechanic, or a researcher. [more]
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Kunst am Fassberg Art by Christa Mayr

April 11, 2017
In the framework of its exhibition series Kunst am Fassberg, the MPI for Biophysical Chemistry will present paintings and art objects by the German artist Christa Mayr. The exhibition can be visited from April 22 to May 16, 2017, in the foyer of the institute. It is open Monday until Friday from 9 am to 6 pm, Saturday and Sunday from 10 am to 4 pm. The opening event will be held on April 22, 2017, at 4 pm. (in German) [more]
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ERC Advanced Grant for Alec Wodtke

April 07, 2017
The Göttingen chemist Alec Wodtke was awarded an Advanced Grant of the European Research Council. His work will be funded with 2.5 million Euros over the next five years. Wodtke explores what happens when atoms or molecules from the gas phase impinge upon solid surfaces. With such "nano crash tests", it is possible to investigate the physical laws underlying chemical reactions. His experiments shall contribute to insights important for photocatalysis, microelectronics, and photovoltaics. (in German) [more]
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Göttingen gets new International Max Planck Research School for Genome Science

March 06, 2017
In fall this year, a new graduate school will start at the Göttingen Campus: the International Max Planck Research School (IMPRS) for Genome Science. Patrick Cramer, Director at the MPI for Biophysical Chemistry, is spokesman of the program. The IMPRS for Genome Science combines state-of-the-art experimental and computational methods in their doctoral training. Interested students can apply until April 15th, 2017. [more]
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Enhancing carbon-13 NMR signals in liquids

February 28, 2017
A research team headed by Marina Bennati at the MPI for Biophysical Chemistry, together with colleagues at the University of Florence (Italy), has shown that 13C NMR spectroscopy signals can be strongly enhanced in solution by resonant microwave irradiation of a nitroxide organic radical used as polarizer for 13C nuclei. The new method shows up to 1000-fold improvements in sensitivity and promises to study small molecules and metabolites in much greater detail. [more]
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Jacob Henle Medal for Jens Frahm

January 31, 2017
Jens Frahm, Director of the Biomedizinische NMR Forschungs-GmbH at the MPI for Biophysical Chemistry receives the Jacob Henle Medal of the University Medical Center Göttingen. The physicist is thereby honored for his lifework in the field of magnetic resonance imaging. The award ceremony takes place on February 3, 2017, at the University Medical Center Göttingen. (in German) [more]
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Scientists develop new mode of action for photovoltaics

January 24, 2017
An interdisciplinary team of scientists has invented a completely new type of photovoltaics. The method converts infrared light into electric power. The solar cell contains the mineral Perovskite and its mode of action is based on polaron excitations. These are combined excitations of electrons and lattice vibrations of the solid. The method was developed by scientists of the University of Göttingen, the MPI for Biophysical Chemistry, the Clausthal University of Technology, and the German Electron Synchrotron (DESY) in Hamburg. (in German) [more]
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Deeper look into a protein

January 13, 2017
Max Planck researchers from Erlangen and Göttingen have used the so-called COLD fluorescence microscopy method to visualize structures of proteins with less than five Angstrom resolution. COLD achieves this high precision in detail because it works at minus 270 degrees Celsius. At this temperature the signals of the luminous proteins are more intense and can thus be located more accurately. Applying this method structural changes of proteins  associated with diseases can be made visible in vitro. (in German) [more]
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Tobias Moser receives Ernst Jung Prize for Medicine 2017

January 06, 2017
Tobias Moser from Göttingen receives this year’s Ernst Jung Prize for Medicine. The Jung Society for Science and Research thereby honors the neuroscientist’s cutting-edge work about signal transmission in the inner ear and his innovative concepts for treating deafness. (in German) [more]
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Researchers achieve ultimate resolution limit in fluorescence microscopy

December 22, 2016
Scientists around Stefan Hell at the MPI for Biophysical Chemistry have developed a new fluorescence microscope, called MINFLUX, allowing, for the first time, to optically separate molecules, which are only nanometers (one millionth of a millimeter) apart from each other. This microscope is more than 100 times sharper than conventional light microscopy and surpasses even the best super-resolution light microscopy methods to date, namely STED and PALM/STORM, by up to 20 times. [more]
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Physics talents meet physics experts

December 14, 2016
Federal winners of the contest Jugend forscht visited the Göttingen Max Planck Campus. Twelve young physics talents from all over Germany met scientists including Nobel laureate Stefan Hell at the Max Planck Institutes for Biophysical Chemistry as well as for Dynamics and Self-Organization and gained important insight into their current research. (in German) [more]
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