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>Mit nur drei Lichtteilchen zum 3D-Modell eines Moleküls</p>

With only three light particles to a 3D model of a molecule

July 08, 2019

A new method developed by Helmut Grubmüller and his team shows that the very little information obtained from simulated measurements with a free-electron laser is sufficient to calculate the 3D structure of a protein at atomic resolution. (in German)

Reinhard Jahn erhält Rolf-Sammet-Gastprofessur

Reinhard Jahn appointed as Rolf Sammet Guest Professor

July 01, 2019

The neurobiologist is taking over this year's Rolf Sammet Guest Professorship at the Goethe University Frankfurt. The university honors Reinhard Jahn for his groundbreaking research on how biological membranes fuse. (in German)

<p>Was Eizellen bei der Teilung anders machen</p>

What egg cells do differently when dividing

June 28, 2019

For women to give birth to a healthy child, their eggs have to halve their set of chromosomes. Max Planck researchers have now discovered a previously unknown structure in mammalian eggs that is indispensable for the error-free distribution of chromosomes. 


Multimedia & News

Campus Seminar: Wer vermittelt seine Forschung am besten?

Campus Seminar: Who is the best science communicator?

Good science communication will now be rewarded at the Campus Seminar. Once a year, the new Campus Seminar Award is given to one PhD student and one postdoc. The prize is endowed with 2,000 euros. Participate now and get your starting place!

<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.

Upcoming Seminars

Sticking coefficient for atoms scattering off metallic surfaces

Dr. Celso Ricardo Caldeira Rêgo
Aug 5, 2019 15:00 - 16:30
Max-Planck-Institut für biophysikalische Chemie (MPIBPC), Room: Large Seminar room / Großer Seminarraum

16th Horizons in Molecular Biology

Sep 9, 2019 10:00 - Sep 12, 2019 18:00
Max-Planck-Institut für biophysikalische Chemie (MPIBPC)

TBA: Cell and Developmental Biology Seminar Series

Oct 10, 2019 13:00 - 14:00
Max-Planck-Institut für biophysikalische Chemie (MPIBPC), Room: Large Seminar Room, Administration Building

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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.


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