Research Highlights

Nobel Laureate in Chemistry receives honorary title from his Alma Mater

TUM Distinguished Affiliated Professorship for Joachim Frank

[07.06.2019] Nobel Laureate in Chemistry Prof. Joachim Frank was appointed Distinguished Affiliated Professor of the Technical University of Munich (TUM) yesterday. He also gave a ceremonial address and a lecture for students of his alma mater. Frank received his doctorate at TUM in 1970. [more...]

How molecular escorts help prevent cancer

Image: G. Agam / LMU & V. Dahiya / TUM

Chaperones keep the tumor suppressor protein p53 in check

[21.05.2019] The anti tumor protein p53 can decide on the life or death of a cell: If it detects damage in the cell's genome, the protein pushes the cell to suicide. New research conducted at Technical University of Munich (TUM) shows that this inborn cancer prevention only works when special proteins, known as chaperones, allow it to take place. [more...]

Efficient catalyst for water splitting

Dr. Claudia Ott und Doktorand Felix Reiter in ihrem Labor in Garching. Image: U. Benz / TUM

New hybrid semiconductor material for sustainable hydrogen production

[16.05.2019] Chemists at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) have developed an efficient water splitting catalyst as part of a collaborative international research effort. The catalyst comprises a double-helix semiconductor structure encased in carbon nitride. It is perfect for producing hydrogen economically and sustainably. [more...]

Yellow pigments protect bacteria

Structure of the ApeI-ApeP enzyme complex, which plays a key role in the assembly of bacterial arylpolyene pigments. (Image: M. Schmalhofer / TUM)

Biosynthesis of aryl polyene protective pigments elucidated

[08.04.2019] Bacteria protect themselves from free radicals using certain natural products in their membrane. Working groups at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) and the Goethe University in Frankfurt have now mapped the biosynthesis of aryl polyenes, the most common protective pigments. [more...]

Tipping the scales

First author Maximilian Fottner and Prof. Kathrin Lang in their laboratory. (Image: A. Battenberg / TUM)

Labeling proteins with ubiquitin paves new road to cell regulation research

[03.04.2019] Human cells have a sophisticated regulatory system at their disposal: labeling proteins with the small molecule ubiquitin. In a first, a team from the Technical University of Munich (TUM) has succeeded in marking proteins with ubiquitin in a targeted manner, in test tubes as well as in living cells. The procedure opens the door to exploring the inner workings of this vital regulatory system. [more...]

Chinese-German research laboratory at the TUM

Prof. Cheng, Chancellor of the University of Jinan, Prof. Plank, TUM, Prof. Liu, Vice President University of Jinan (from left to right). (Image: U. Benz / TUM)

International cooperation to develop an energy-generating road surface

[08.03.2019] The Technical University of Munich (TUM) and the Jinan University in China are setting up a joint research laboratory at the Chair for Construction Chemistry at TUM. The aim of the new laboratory is to develop an energy-generating floor and road covering. [more...]

At the limits of detectability

Prof. Dr. Juergen Hauer (left) and first author Erling Thyrhaug with their measuring instrument. In the background, spectra taken with it. (Image: A. Battenberg / TUM)

New approach facilitates spectroscopy on individual molecules

[07.03.2019] While spectroscopic measurements are normally averaged over myriad molecules, a new method developed by researchers at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) provides precise information about the interaction of individual molecules with their environment. This will accelerate the identification of efficient molecules for future photovoltaic technologies, for example. [more...]

Molecular Lego blocks

First author Christian Kunkel, PD Dr. Harald Oberhofer and Prof. Karsten Reuter (fltr). (Image: A. Battenberg / TUM)

Chemical data mining boosts search for new organic semiconductors

[14.02.2019] Organic semiconductors are lightweight, flexible and easy to manufacture. But they often fail to meet expectations regarding efficiency and stability. Researchers at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) are now deploying data mining approaches to identify promising organic compounds for the electronics of the future. [more...]

Protein engineering extends immune cell vocabulary

First author Stephanie Müller and Prof. Feige in the Laboratory for Cellular Protein Biochemistry. (Image: A. Battenberg / TUM)

Evolution of signaling molecules opens door to new sepsis therapy approaches

[23.01.2019] Small infections can be fatal: Millions of people die each year from sepsis, an overreaction of the immune system. A new immune signaling molecule, designed by a research team from the Technical University of Munich (TUM), now provides the basis for potential new approaches in sepsis therapy. [more...]

How dangerous is microplastic?

Dr. Natalia Ivleva with her Raman microscope (Image: U. Benz / TUM)

TUM’s Dr. Natalia Ivleva discusses her research into the analysis of microplastic

[10.01.2019] After early reports of microplastic pollution in our oceans and beaches sounded the alarm, the global scientific community intensified its focus into this area. Researchers have since found evidence of microplastic contamination seemingly everywhere – also in lakes and rivers, beverages and food supplies. Dr. Natalia Ivleva, a researcher with the Technical University of Munich (TUM), has developed new analytical methods for the identification and quantification of microplastic. In this interview, she shares her latest findings. [more...]