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

From the genes of our ancestors, gravitational waves, and explorers

August 21, 2019

Nine times science at first hand for everyone at the lecture series Wissenschaft beim Göttinger Literaturherbst from October 18-27, 2019. We are looking forward to seeing you there. (in German)


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 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)


Multimedia & News

Musicians in real-time MRI


The professional musicians of german hornsound were visiting to be filmed with real-time magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) while playing horn. With this MRI performance, the brass players support a research project.

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

Fassberg Seminar - Special Date!: How to make microtubules and build the cytoskeleton

Prof. Dr. Sabine Petry
Aug 26, 2019 11:00 - 12:00
Max-Planck-Institut für biophysikalische Chemie (MPIBPC), Room: Ludwig Prandtl Hall

arivis Vision4D Workshop day 1

Dr. Tamara Manuelian, Dr. David Wiles
Aug 26, 2019 13:00 - 18:00
Max-Planck-Institut für biophysikalische Chemie (MPIBPC), Room: Live-cell imaging facility, T2, Room 006a

arivis Vision4D Workshop day 2

Dr. Tamara Manuelian, Dr. David Wiles
Aug 27, 2019 09:00 - 12:00
Max-Planck-Institut für biophysikalische Chemie (MPIBPC), Room: Live-cell imaging facility, T2, Room 006a

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