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10 Current news of Uni Mainzrss
Vanadium pentoxide nanoparticles mimic natural enzymes and inhibit surface build-up of algae and bacteria
Scientists at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU) in Germany have discovered that tiny vanadium pentoxide nanoparticles can inhibit the growth of barnacles, bacteria, and algae on surfaces in contact with water, such as ship hulls, sea buoys, or offshore platforms. Their experiments ...
Atomic nuclei in laser light: Nuclear physicists investigate magic shells
A research group led by Professor Dr. Wilfried Nörtershäuser has, for the first time, managed to measure the size of the charge distribution in the atomic nucleus of the highly exotic beryllium-12 isotope. The researchers were surprised to find that the so-called charge radius increases in ...
Particle physicists at Mainz University are excited: 50 years after its prediction, the Higgs boson gradually takes shape
The answer to one of the most exciting questions in particle physics seems almost close enough to touch: Scientists at the Geneva research center CERN have observed first signs of the Higgs boson and now believe that they will soon be able to prove the existence of the elementary particle ...
A radical new way of making structures visible at the nano level has been developed at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU). This new method makes it possible to determine with precision the arrangement of atoms and molecules in a diverse range of materials from cement to ...
New quantum state of matter discovered in Heusler compounds
For many years, scientists at the Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU) in Germany have been world leaders in research on Heusler compounds, which are an important material class for the use in spintronic applications. Over the past few years, new application areas have emerged in the ...
Polish-American polymer scientist Krzysztof Matyjaszewski receives the €10,000 Gutenberg Lecture Award of the Graduate School of Materials Science in Mainz (MAINZ)
The 2010 Gutenberg Lecture Award was today bestowed upon the Polish-American scientist Professor Dr Krzysztof Matyjaszewski for his ground-breaking developments in polymer production and processing. Matyjaszewski is one of the world’s most highly regarded chemists. He both teaches and pursues ...
To move your arm or leg, certain muscles need to change shape, to either lengthen or contract. Now scientists have made liquid-crystalline particles that can change shape in a similar way, but which are only micrometers across. Professor Rudolf Zentel and his colleagues at the Universities of ...
Researchers use optical lattices as a construction kit
The investigation of complex materials such as high-temperature superconductors is problematic because of the presence of disorder and many competing interactions in real crystalline materials. "This makes it difficult to identify the role of specific interactions and, in particular, to ...
The concept of polymers generally brings to mind long, flexible chains of molecules that are tangled like spaghetti on a plate. However, polymers can also have other structures: they can be rigid, branched, or star-shaped; they can have side chains, or can look like tiny combs or bottle ...
Polysiloxane nanoparticles with a core and shell reveal promising applications
We know them from cosmetics ads. liposomes are little balls of fat that carry their cargo deep into the inner layers of skin. Aside from liposomes, there are a number of other nanoscopic capsule systems for vastly different applications. Chemists at the University of Mainz have now ...