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With light into the nanoworld: How optical microscopes allow detailed investigations of nanoparticles

The goal: the development of novel nanoparticles for biomedical applications.

21-Dec-2022

It sounds like trying to scan a vinyl record with a hammer: Light is actually too "coarse" to image small particles on the nanometer scale. However, in their project "Supercol"- funded by the European Union - scientists want to achieve just that: The investigation of nanoparticles with light. To ...

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The Power of light: How light can be used to control processes in synthetic cells

10-Oct-2022

Synthetic – i. e. artificially produced - cells can imitate certain functions of biological cells. These synthetic cells could open up new medical possibilities in the future. In laboratories, such cells can already help in chemical processes on a miniature scale as "mini-reactors". Scientists at ...

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It’s all about the sausage

Choosing the right proteins can improve the mouthfeel of vegetarian sausages

25-Jul-2022

The right crack of the sausage is, not least, a matter of physics. A team from the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research in Mainz has investigated how the properties of plant proteins influence the mouthfeel of vegetarian and vegan sausages. Using the findings this revealed, the first ...

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Golden wedding for molecules

Opportunities for a "new" chemistry

20-Apr-2022

Chemical syntheses in liquids and gases take place in three-dimensional space. Random collisions between molecules have to result in something new in an extremely short time. But there is another way: on a gold surface under ultrahigh vacuum conditions, molecules lying still next to each other ...

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Electrified water drops

Electrostatic influences the movement of drops on surfaces

20-Apr-2022

Something as simple as the motion of water drops on surfaces should actually be understood - one would think. In fact there are still numerous unanswered questions about the forces acting on a sliding droplet. A team of researchers from the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research in ...

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Ice-free in icy worlds: Special shell protects scallop from ice build-up

Airplane wings that don't ice up or solar cells that generate electricity even in winter - ice-free surfaces are important for many applications

07-Mar-2022

A team of scientists led by Konrad Meister, professor at the University of Alaska Southeast and group leader at the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research, has now studied an Antarctic scallop species that opposes the icing process with the help of its shell surface. Due to their special ...

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More beer in the glass with physics

How water-repellent coatings can reduce foaming in industrial processes

21-Jan-2022

While foam is certainly desirable in the bathtub or on beer, preventing foam - for example in industrial processes - is a much-discussed topic. Often, oils or particles are added to liquids to prevent foaming. If these are harmful to health or the environment, they must be removed again using ...

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Molecules in an egg carton

How water surfaces can be used to produce functional materials

19-Oct-2021

The production of high-quality monolayers – i.e. only one molecule high - is highly relevant for optoelectronic components such as organic light-emitting diodes used today in modern cell phones: Both lifetime and energy efficiency can be increased. Scientists at the Max Planck Institute for ...

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Molecular Electronics: Trapped molecule in contact

30-Mar-2021

There are worlds between the Zuse Z3, the first functioning digital computer from 1941, and modern microprocessors - both in terms of speed and size. But the further miniaturization of current silicon-based electronics is reaching its limits due to fabrication methods. Paving the way to the ...

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Microscopic crop protection

Max Planck spin-off aims to further develop research into microtechnology-based plant protection products

18-Mar-2021

Every year, fungal diseases of grapevines cause a loss of one billion euros. Conventional plant protection agents are largely powerless in combating them. A planned spin-off of the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research (MPI-P) is now to further develop research into sustainable, ...

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