Department of Chemistry

The Department of Chemistry at the Technical University of Munich has taken great efforts to meet the requirements of a rapidly changing scientific environment.
We offer a broad diversity of subjects: The traditional areas of Inorganic Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, and Physical Chemistry have been enriched by Chemical Technology, Radiochemistry, Food Chemistry, Theoretical Chemistry, and Hydrochemistry many years ago. The last years saw new expansions into the fields of Biochemistry and Construction Chemistry. [More...]

Inorganic double helix

Needles of the flexible semiconducting material SnIP; on the left side residual black phosphorus and tiniodide (red) – Photo: Andreas Battenberg / TUM

A flexible semiconductor for electronics, solar technology and photo catalysis

[12.06.2016] It is the double helix, with its stable and flexible structure of genetic information, that made life on Earth possible in the first place. Now a team from the Technical University of Munich (TUM) has discovered a double helix structure in an inorganic material. The material comprising tin, iodine and phosphorus is a semiconductor with extraordinary optical and electronic properties, as well as extreme mechanical flexibility. [mehr...]

How researchers capture nanoparticles

For the first time, a research project provides reliable findings on the presence of silver nanoparticles in water bodies. (Photo: Andy Ilmberger/Fotolia)

New procedure for detecting silver nanoparticles in water bodies

[26.08.2016] For a number of years now, an increasing number of synthetic nanoparticles have been manufactured and incorporated into various products, such as cosmetics. For the first time, a research project at the Technical University of Munich and the Bavarian Ministry of the Environment provides reliable findings on their presence in water bodies. [more...]

A look at the molecular quality assurance within cells

A look at the molecular quality assurance within cells. (Illustration: Joshua Stokes, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital)

Researchers uncover how chaperones identify defective proteins

[25.08.2016] Proteins fulfill vital functions in our body. They transport substances, combat pathogens, and function as catalysts. In order for these processes to function reliably, proteins must adopt a defined three-dimensional structure. Molecular "folding assistants", called chaperones, aid and scrutinize these structuring processes. With participation from the Technical University of Munich (TUM), a team of researchers has now revealed how chaperones identify particularly harmful errors in this structuring process. The findings were published in the scientific journal "Molecular Cell". [more...]