Research Highlights

Catalyzing the conversion of biomass to biofuel

Water in zeolites saves energy in the conversion of biomass into biofuel

[30.06.2021] Zeolites are extremely porous materials: Ten grams can have an internal surface area the size of a soccer field. Their cavities make them useful in catalyzing chemical reactions and thus saving energy. An international research team has now made new findings regarding the role of water molecules in these processes. One important application is the conversion of biomass into biofuel. [more...]

Versatile and reliable SARS-CoV-2 antibody assay

Automated microarray rapid test for detecting SARS-CoV-2 antibodies

During the continued progression of the Corona pandemic, rapid, inexpensive, and reliable tests will become increasingly important to determine whether people have the associated antibodies – either through infection or vaccination. Researchers at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) have now developed such a rapid antibody test. It provides the result in only eight minutes; the aim is to further reduce the process time to four minutes. [more...]

Tuning the energy gap

A novel approach for organic semiconductors

[11.06.2021] What is already established for inorganic semiconductors stays a challenge for their organic counterparts: Tuning the energy gap by blending different semiconducting molecules to optimize device performance. Now, scientists from TU Munich, in cooperation with researchers at TU Dresden, as well as University of Würzburg, HU Berlin, and Ulm University demonstrated how to reach this goal. [more...]

Play it safe

A microscopic perspective towards durable solid state batteries

[07.06.2021] The ions in a solid state battery need to travel through multiple material interfaces which comes along with several challenges. A team of the TU Munich, the Fritz-Haber-Institute and the For-schungszentrum Jülich now shows that nano-scale coating at these interfaces may in fact stabilize the battery. [more...]

CRCs to study immunotherapies and photocatalysis

Two new DFG Collaborative Research Centers at TUM

[25.05.2021] Green light for trailblazing projects: The German Research Foundation (DFG) has approved applications from TUM and partner institutions to fund two new Transregional Collaborative Research Centers (TRRs). TUM scientists will assume the speaker role in TRRs dedicated to photocatalysis and immunotherapies with lymphocytes. The DFG has also approved another new group with TUM involvement and granted extensions to five existing projects. [more...]

Towards new solar cells with active machine learning

Fewer requirements let artificial intelligence discover new materials

[27.04.2021] A research team from the Technical University of Munich (TUM) and the Fritz Haber Institute in Berlin uses active machine learning in the search for suitable molecular materials for new organic semiconductors, the basis for organic field effect transistors (OFETs), light-emitting diodes (OLEDs) and organic solar cells (OPVs). To efficiently deal with the myriad of possibilities for candidate molecules, the machine decides for itself which data it needs. [more...]

Biomass production by reverse citric acid cycle

Central metabolic pathway runs "backwards" at high carbon dioxide concentrations

[23.04.2021] A research team from the University of Münster and the Technical University of Munich (TUM) has gained new insights into the citric acid cycle: At very high carbon dioxide concentrations, bacteria can also use this central metabolic pathway "backwards" to build useful compounds from carbon dioxide using the enzyme citrate synthase. It is possible that these findings can also be used biotechnologically. [more...]

TUM Innovation Networks ready to go

Interdisciplinary research off to a new start

[31.03.2021]The Technical University of Munich (TUM) will use its interdisciplinary TUM Innovation Networks to create even more space for scientific creativity and groundbreaking developments. The first three TUM Innovation Networks address the diagnosis and treatment of psychological illnesses using Artificial Intelligence (AI), the development of novel materials using machine learning, and investigation of the nature of life using chemical and biophysical experiments in combination with AI and robotics. [more...]

Cloudy eyes caused by protein imbalance

[16.02.2021] Cataracts are the most common eye ailment in humans. However, the exact processes leading to this condition are not fully understood. A team of researchers headed by the Technical University of Munich (TUM) has now discovered that the composition of the protein solution plays a decisive role. Their conclusions are contrary to prevailing opinion in the field. [more...]

Alwin Mittasch Prize 2021 goes to Johannes A. Lercher

[09.02.2021] The Alwin Mittasch Prize 2021 is awarded to Prof. Dr. Johannes A. Lercher. With this renowned international catalysis award, the German Catalysis Society (GeCatS) honors his contributions for the development and understanding of solid catalysts in order to exploit new sources of raw materials. The expert committee particularly highlighted his impressive overall scientific work and the high industrial relevance of his research. [more...]

Supercapacitors challenge batteries

Powerful graphene hybrid material for highly efficient supercapacitors

[04.01.2021]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 comparable performance data to currently utilized batteries. [more...]