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While the cleaning of car exhausts is among the best known applications of catalytic processes, it is only the tip of the iceberg. Practically the entire chemical industry relies on catalytic reactions. Catalyst design plays a key role in improving these processes. An international team of scientists has now developed a concept that elegantly correlates geometric and adsorption properties. They validated their approach by designing a new platinum-based catalyst for fuel cell applications.
Head-up display on the windshield, connected simulations, tactical behavior of bicyclists and phased traffic lights for trucks: These are among the technologies being presented by the Technical University of Munich (TUM) at the closing event of the joint research project "UR:BAN" on October 7th at the Messe Düsseldorf trade fair grounds.
The sat nav announces the next turn-off, a road sign indicates a slow zone – and suddenly an ambulance pulls up alongside. Traffic demands constant decisions. Assistance systems are intended to support drivers – but too much information just causes confusion. Researchers with the Technical University of Munich (TUM) have now developed a concept to filter information and give a clear overview.
Suddenly he moves from the street onto the sidewalk, sidling through the traffic, right to the front, and is one of the nimblest of road users: the cyclist. A team of scientists from Technical University of Munich (TUM) have been analyzing bicyclists’ behavior. The goal of their work is to improve future driver assistance systems. The scientists are presenting their results at the closing event of the joint project "UR:BAN".
Advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) are designed to identify traffic hazards. But to assess the behavior of other road users, these systems need detailed data. That is why researchers at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) have developed a pedestrian simulator that con be linked with other virtual worlds, enabling reconstruction of critical scenarios without exposing participants to danger.
Fully-loaded trucks take longer than cars to accelerate after a stop. This impedes the flow of traffic and leads to more pollutant emissions and noise. Researchers from the Technical University of Munich (TUM) are therefore working on "platoon management" for trucks. This includes an adaptation of the green phase of the traffic signals to ensure that trucks don’t need to stop.
Scientists at the Helmholtz Zentrum Munich and the Technical University of Munich working in collaboration with colleagues at ETH Zurich have discovered that variations in the NANOG expression of embryonic stem cells are not necessarily linked to differences in the expression of other pluripotency factors. The results of the study, which has now been published in the scientific journal Nature Cell Biology, refute previously held assumptions.
In our mouths, stomachs and eyes, mucus forms a protective layer that prevents friction and keeps foreign bodies out. The main components of mucus are mucins, which bind water molecules. However, if these mucins are damaged, they can lose this ability. A team of researchers, headed by Professor Oliver Lieleg at the Technical University of Munich (TUM), has now found a way to repair defective mucins.
The two latest international rankings are in agreement in certifying the outstanding performance of the Technical University of Munich (TUM). The ranking published today by the magazine Times Higher Education counts TUM among Germany's four best universities in research, teaching, and knowledge transfer (rank 53 worldwide). And according to the ranking recently published by the news agency Reuters, TUM is the most innovative German university (rank 50 worldwide).
When a pathogen invades the body, specific cells in the human immune system are ready to take immediate action in order to destroy it. The molecular characteristics of these killer cells were unknown until recently. Now, for the first time, a team from the Technical University of Munich (TUM) has managed to create a molecular profile of the protective cells. By studying these immune cells from patients' blood, the researchers were able to predict the course of infections.