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Research News and Awards

Press Releases

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Awards for outstanding vocational training and apprenticeship

August 18, 2017
The IT & Electronics Service at the MPI for Biophysical Chemistry has two reasons two celebrate: The service facility was awarded the Ausbildungsstättenpreis of the Max Planck Society (MPS) for its excellent vocational training. Moreover, Philip Schwarzer of the IT & Electronics Service receives the 2017 MPG-Azubipreis for his outstanding performance during his apprenticeship. (in German) [more]
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Otto Hahn Medals and Otto Hahn Award for young scientists from our institute

June 21, 2017
Zohreh Farsi and Svenja Janke have received the prestigious Otto Hahn Medal of the Max Planck Society for their achievements during their PhD at the MPI for Biophysical Chemistry. In addition, Zohreh Farsi was honored with the Otto Hahn Award which allows her to continue her research in Germany with an own research group. (in German) [more]
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Molecular link between Parkinson's disease and black skin cancer discovered

June 07, 2017
People with Parkinson's disease are less likely to develop malignant tumors – with one exception: the risk of getting black skin cancer is more than doubled in Parkinson's patients. Researchers from Göttingen and Munich have now found a molecular link between these two diseases. The protein alpha-synuclein, which obviously damages nerve cells, protects cells of black skin cancer from a collapse of their "garbage collection" and their recycling program. (in German) [more]
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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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