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Research News and Awards

Press Releases


Göttingen researchers have elucidated why hydrogen atoms bind to metals

November 26, 2015
The Göttingen researchers Oliver Bünermann and Alec Wodtke of the MPI for Biophysical Chemistry and the University of Göttingen have made a big step forward in understanding chemical reactions at surfaces in detail. Their findings could, in future, help to further improve catalytic processes such as emission control and to identify new catalytic materials. (in German) [more]

Co-translational protein folding on the ribosome monitored in real time

November 26, 2015
A team of researchers led by Marina Rodnina, Director at the MPI for Biophysical Chemistry, has succeeded in monitoring co-translational protein folding on the ribosome in real time. Their results show that the protein folds sequentially and that the ribosome can, in principle, define the pathway for co-translational folding. [more]

Otto Hahn Prize for Jürgen Troe

November 24, 2015
Jürgen Troe, Emeritus Director at the MPI for Biophysical Chemistry and Niedersachsen Professor at the University of Göttingen, has been awarded the Otto Hahn Prize 2015 .The award honors the scientist's outstanding achievements in chemistry and includes a prize money of 50,000 €. It was presented at a ceremony in Frankfurt am Main on November 24, 2015. (in German) [more]

Clemens Plaschka honored with Kulturpreis Bayern 2015

November 19, 2015
Clemens Plaschka, junior scientist at the MPI for Biophysical Chemistry, was awarded the Kulturpreis Bayern 2015 by the Bayernwerk AG. The company honors Plaschka for his PhD thesis on the structure and function of a protein complex that controls gene activity. The biochemist completed his PhD at the Ludwig Maximilian University Munich this year. (in German) [more]

Seaborg Medal awarded to Stefan Hell

October 23, 2015
The Faculty of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) awarded the Glenn T. Seaborg Medal to Stefan Hell for his pioneering contributions in biochemistry and chemistry. [more]

How microorganisms organize their power supply via nano-wires to oxidize the greenhouse gas methane

October 23, 2015
Electrical energy from the socket – this convenient type of power supply is apparently used by some microorganisms that form nanowire connections to transfer energy. Researchers, amongst them scientists of the MPI for Biophysical Chemistry, have now discovered such small power grids between dual-species microbial consortia that jointly degrade methane. [more]

Stefan Hell and Gerald Donnert are "Entrepreneur of the Year 2015"

October 17, 2015
For the 19th time, Ernst and Young have honored entrepreneurs for their innovativeness and their exemplary corporate commitment, which has led to the occupation of new business fields. Winners of this year's competition in the start-up category are Nobel Prize winner Stefan Hell and Gerald Donnert. With the Göttingen company Abberior Instruments GmbH they make a scientific revolution in microscopy economically worldwide available. (in German) [more]

"Kunst am Fassberg" with art from South America

October 15, 2015
Within its exhibition series „Kunst am Fassberg“, the MPI for Biophysical Chemistry will present works by Hernan Puelma from October 24 to November 18, 2015. The opening event will be held on October 24 at 4 pm. (in German) [more]

Drug ameliorates symptoms of neurodegenerative brain disease in lab experiments

October 08, 2015
In cooperation with colleagues in Göttingen and Munich, researchers at the German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases have analyzed a novel substance that could serve as a prototype for the development of drugs to treat Alzheimer’s and other brain diseases. This substance ameliorated disease symptoms in mice and improved their cognition. [more]

Holger Stark is new Director at the institute

October 01, 2015
The MPI for Biophysical Chemistry appointed Holger Stark as new Director. In the newly established Department for Structural Dynamics the biochemist will investigate the three-dimensional structure of molecular machines in high resolution using cryo-electron microscopy. In addition, Stark will apply time-resolved cryo-electron microscopy to visualize the dynamic movements of these machines and to thus understand their function in detail. [more]

Karl Friedrich Bonhoeffer Lecture with Gideon Dreyfuss

September 30, 2015
The next "Karl Friedrich Bonhoeffer Lecture" of the MPI for Biophysical Chemistry will be given by Nick Proudfoot of the Sir William Dunn School of Pathology, University of Oxford (Great Britain). The lecture will take place on Thursday, October 8th, at 5 pm in the Manfred Eigen Hall. [more]

Oldest stars, the thinking brain, 100 years Theory of Relativity, and the Higgs Boson

September 29, 2015
How difficult is it to search for the oldest star? How brilliant is our brain? Under which circumstances was Einstein's theory of relativity developed? Renowned scientists will provide answers to these fascinating questions for a broad public in the lecture series "Wissenschaft beim Göttinger Literaturherbst". It takes places from October 9th to 17th, in the Göttingen Paulinerkirche. All lectures start at 7 pm. (in German) [more]
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