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02.07.2015, Research news
Mutations in patients disrupt cellular transport

Cause of acute liver failure in young children discovered

In DNA samples from a total of 11 patients, the scientists found mutations in the NBAS gene. (Photo: A. Heddergott / TUM)

Acute liver failure is a rare yet life-threatening disease for young children. It often occurs extremely rapidly, for example, when a child has a fever. Yet in around 50 percent of cases it is unclear as to why this happens. Now, a team of researchers working on an international research project headed by Technische Universität München (TUM), the Helmholtz Zentrum Munich and Heidelberg University Hospital have discovered a link between the disease and mutations in a specific gene. The researchers used whole genome sequencing to uncover the mutations, which affect transport processes in cells.

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01.07.2015, Research news
Bio-inspired catalyst paves the way to 'gas-to-liquid'-technologies

Effective conversion of methane oxidation by a new copper zeolite

The copper atoms provide the zeolite with a bluish color - Photo: Andreas Battenberg / TUM

A new bio-inspired zeolite catalyst, developed by an international team with researchers from Technische Universität München (TUM), Eindhoven University of Technology and University of Amsterdam, might pave the way to small scale 'gas-to-liquid' technologies converting natural gas to fuels and starting materials for the chemical industry. Investigating the mechanism of the selective oxidation of methane to methanol they identified a copper-oxo-cluster as the active center inside the zeolite micropores.

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30.06.2015, Entrepreneurship news
EuroTech Universities Alliance highlights opportunities

Cultivating Europe's home-grown entrepreneurs

Panel discussion in Brussels: "Nurturing the Entrepreneurs of Tomorrow."

Universities play a central role in nurturing the entrepreneurs of tomorrow, especially if they work together. This role needs to be more broadly recognized, supported, and leveraged. This is the call issued by the EuroTech Universities Alliance, a strategic partnership of the Technical University of Denmark (DTU), Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e), and the Technical University of Munich (TUM) – all of which have a solid track record in fostering innovation and entrepreneurship.

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23.06.2015, Termine
Long Night of Science at the Garching research campus

Visit the world of science

TUM-Institute for Advanced Study at night - Photo: Marcus Buck

The Garching science campus, one of the largest centers for research and teaching in Germany, extends it invitation to the public on June 27th 2015 for the "Long Night of Science". Between 5.30 p.m. and midnight over 30 campus facilities will open their doors to visitors. An extensive program of experiments, tours and presentations will provide an exciting glimpse into the world of science and research. The event will be accompanied by live music on the stage of the GARNIX festival.

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30.06.2015, Research news
Federal and Bavarian Government earmark 40 million euros for new building on the Garching Campus

TU München establishes center for protein research

The new research center will analyze how proteins interact. The picture shows micro rings created by fibers of the muscle protein aktin. (Picture: Chair for Cellular Biophysics / TUM)

Technische Universität München (TUM) is establishing the “TUM Center for Functional Protein Assemblies (CPA)” to concentrate its wide-ranging expertise in protein research. It will conduct cross-departmental research into the functionalities and mechanisms of action of proteins – a key to understanding cells, tissues, and organs. On this basis, the interdisciplinary Center will develop biomedical applications, for example to treat diseases caused by malfunctions in the interplay between biomolecules. The Joint Science Conference (GWK) decided today that the German Federal Government and the State of Bavaria will fund the new CPA building on the Garching Campus to the tune of 40 million euros.

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18.06.2015, TUM in Rankings
Nature Index: TUM in the top three in Germany

TUM scientists among high-ranking in publications

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Technische Universität München (TUM), LMU Munich and the University of Heidelberg are the three leading research institutions in the field of natural sciences among German universities according to the Nature Index, which was published today. The ranking by the Nature Publishing Group counts publications in the most important international journals, comparing both university and non-university research institutions. The TUM ranked 81st worldwide, making it – as last year – the fourth best technical university in Europe.

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18.06.2015, Research news
"FOR-IDENT": Worldwide strategy for preventative water sample analysis

International hunt for unknown molecules

New analysis process recognizes unknown substances in water.

Day in, day out harmful substances leech into the ground and detergents are flushed down the drain: We all contribute to chemicals in the water cycle. On top of this come natural substances from the environment. A single environmentally relevant water sample contains up to several thousand different organic molecules. But what are these substances? Over 8,000 molecule profiles have already been stored in a public database for future analysis. This preventative water screening system is now being expanded internationally and harmonized with further strategies in the "FOR-IDENT" project funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).

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19.06.2015, Campus news
Elections of student representatives and in five departments

University Elections on June 23rd, 2015

Students chatting in the courtyard of TUM's city center branch.

This year’s university elections will be held on June 23rd, 2015. Called to vote in this election are all students entitled to vote, as well as members of the following five departments: Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Civil, Geo and Environmental Engineering and the TUM School of Education.

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17.06.2015, Research news
Study reveals what makes ragweed pollen so allergenic

Adenosine in Ambrosia pollen increases allergic response

Ragweed flowers disperse highly allergenic pollen. (Photo: Elenathewise / fotolia.de)

Ragweed (Ambrosia artemisiifolia) – an otherwise unremarkable plant – produces pollen that can trigger strong allergic reactions such as asthma even in very small quantities. Scientists from Technische Universität München (TUM) and Helmholtz Zentrum München have now published a joint study showing that the substance previously identified as the major allergen only induces such a vigorous allergic response in combination with the adenosine also present in the pollen.

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16.06.2015, Research news
Nikolaus Adams and Thorsten Bach honored with ERC Advanced Grant

Highly-endowed EU research prize goes to two TUM scientists

Breakup of a water droplet in air upon the impact of a compression shock

Two scientists from Technische Universität München (TUM) have been awarded one of Europe's most significant research grants: Prof. Nikolaus Adams and Prof. Thorsten Bach are among the recipients of Advanced Grants from the European Research Council (ERC), each of which is endowed with up to 2.4 million euros. Prof. Adams, an engineer whose research field lies in mechanical engineering, is studying sudden changes in flow state. Prof. Bach, a chemist, is developing new synthetic methods in organic chemicals. Furthermore, Prof. Eckehard Steinbach, an electrical engineer, is the recipient of a Proof of Concept Grant to determine the marketability of a new robotic sensor system. Six ERC Consolidator Grants and two ERC Starting Grants have already been awarded to next-generation TUM researchers this year.

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