Welcome at the Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry!

At our institute, we are investigating how molecules interact to perform a wide variety of tasks - in living nature, but also fundamentally. We are convinced that great discoveries are possible when scientists from different disciplines - such as biology, physics, and chemistry - work together and openly exchange their ideas. more

Press Releases

<p>Leibniz-Preis 2019 für Melina Schuh</p>
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Melina Schuh receives Leibniz Prize 2019

December 06, 2018

How does a human being develop? What happens if something goes wrong in oocyte development? Melina Schuh has contributed important answers to these questions with her research. (in German)

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Sleep as an anti-aging program

November 08, 2018

Those who sleep enough live healthier lives – but can sleep also prevent us from aging? This is at least the case with threadworms, as Max Planck scientists have now shown: The nematode C.elegans falls asleep when it is starving and thereby slows down the ageing of its cells. (in German)

<p>Alfred Pohl zum 90. Geburtstag: <em>Das Licht und die Farben Südamerikas</em></p>

To Alfred Pohl's 90th birthday: The Light and Colors of South America

October 18, 2018

The exhibition Alfred Pohl - The Light and Colors of South America in the foyer of the insitute is open from from October 27 to November 21, admission is free of charge. (in German)


Multimedia & News

<p>Neue Antikörper für den Tierschutz</p>

New antibodies for animal welfare


Alpacas have special antibodies which can be reduced to nanobodies. They have the potential to replace the most-used antibodies and drastically reduce animal numbers in antibody production.

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Beatboxing in an MRI


The tongue in beatbox mode: Gaucho (Timo Schnepf) performs freestyle inside a real-time MRI scanner (50 images per second).

Upcoming Seminars

Tuning the electronic and chemical properties of graphene via functionalization and intercalation

Prof. Liv Hornekaer
Dec 12, 2018 10:00 - 12:00
Max-Planck-Institut für biophysikalische Chemie (MPIBPC), Room: Ernst Abbe Seminarraum, Turm II, 1. OG

MPI Campus Seminar: Single-cell RNA sequencing and bioinformatics: a match made in heaven

Nikolaos Papadopoulos
Dec 12, 2018 12:00 - 13:00
Max-Planck-Institut für biophysikalische Chemie (MPIBPC), Room: Tower 4, 2nd floor, seminar room (T4-201)

MPI Campus Seminar: Mechanical Properties of Single Vimentin Intermediate Filaments

Hannes Witt
Dec 12, 2018 12:00 - 13:00
Max-Planck-Institut für biophysikalische Chemie (MPIBPC), Room: Tower 4, 2nd floor, seminar room (T4-201)

At a Glance

Neu am Institut? Herzlich willkommen!

New at the Institute? Welcome!

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Max Planck Campus

The Max Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organization, the GWDG, and our institute form the Max Planck Campus Göttingen. Here, employees and guests find various offers such as child care, a canteen, and a library.


Social Media & Career


Promotion of Young Scientists

Are you interested in working or doing research at our institute? On our career page, you find helpful information about Master and PhD programs, fellowships, and mentoring opportunities.

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