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New light on making two-dimensional polymers

New 2D-materials tailored by self organization and photopolymerisation

11-Jun-2021

An international research team led by members from the Technical University of Munich, the Deutsches Museum, the Linköping University has developed a method to manufacture two-dimensional polymers with the thickness of a single molecule. The polymers are formed on a surface by the action of ...

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Germany’s first 10 billion dollar start-up

Celonis has second-highest valuation among European start-ups

10-Jun-2021

The first German start-up worth ten billion dollars was launched at TUM: after crossing this threshold, Celonis is now the second most valuable start-up in Europe. The provider of software that helps companies analyze and improve their business processes was established by three students with the ...

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Enzyme system for the hydrogen industry

Platinum-free biocatalyst for fuel cells and water electrolysis

14-May-2021

An enzyme could make a dream come true for the energy industry: It can efficiently produce hydrogen using electricity and can also generate electricity from hydrogen. The enzyme is protected by embedding it in a polymer. An international research team with significant participation of scientists ...

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Energy-saving gas turbines from the 3D printer

Neutrons "see" internal stress in components from additive manufacturing

27-Apr-2021

3D printing has opened up a completely new range of possibilities. One example is the production of novel turbine buckets. However, the 3D printing process often induces internal stress in the components which can in the worst case lead to cracks. Now a research team has succeeded in using ...

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From the lab to the start-up – with a lot of psychology

Studies identify psychological factors in start-ups launched by researchers

19-Feb-2021

Successful start-ups emerging from the world of academic research are a rarity in Germany. A research project has now conducted the first-ever investigation into the psychological factors impacting the processes when scientists launch companies. It shows that they often struggle to make the ...

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Captured lithium

Neutrons show effective lithium and electrolyte distribution in lithium-ion cells

15-Feb-2021

In our smartphones, our computers and in our electric cars: We use rechargeable lithium-ion batteries everywhere. But their capacity drops after a while. Now a German-American research team has investigated the structure and functionality of these batteries using neutron diffraction: They ...

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Supercapacitors challenge batteries

Powerful graphene hybrid material for highly efficient supercapacitors

06-Jan-2021

A team working with Roland Fischer, Professor of Inorganic and Metal-Organic Chemistry at the Technical University Munich (TUM) has developed a highly efficient supercapacitor. The basis of the energy storage device is a novel, powerful and also sustainable graphene hybrid material that has ...

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Precious metal-free silicone curing

Sustainable processes could replace precious metals in silicone crosslinking

03-Dec-2020

Silicones are tried and tested in the private and professional domains. In many applications, however, expensive precious metals are required as catalysts to transform the liquid intermediate products to durable elastic polymers. A research team from the Technical University of Munich (TUM) and ...

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Smart bottle brushes

Neutrons make structural changes in molecular brushes visible: Promising candidates for a variety of applications

02-Nov-2020

They look like microscopic bottle brushes: Polymers with a backbone and tufts of side arms. This molecular design gives them unusual abilities: For example, they can bind active agents and release them again when the temperature changes. With the help of neutrons, a research team from the ...

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Hydrochloric acid boosts catalyst activity

Hydrochloric acid treatment improves catalysts for removing sulfur from crude oil

27-Aug-2020

A research team from the Technical University of Munich (TUM) led by chemist Johannes Lercher has developed a synthesis process which drastically increases the activity of catalysts for the desulfurization of crude oil. The new process could perhaps also be used for catalysts in fuel cells. Crude ...

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