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28.07.2015, Research news
globalDrive: Students develop electric racing motorcycle

Motor runs backwards on "T0RR"

Lukas Wheldon (li.) und Christian Sander with the motorcycle  "T0RR".

136 horsepower, 250 kilometers per hour, 250 newton meters: Students at the Technical University of Munich and the Tsinghua University have jointly developed the T0RR. During qualifying for the "Pro Thunder Race Series" in Ochsersleben they hope to leave behind all other combustion engine motorbikes. The electric motor running in reverse is intended to make the bike even better. 

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23.07.2015, Research news
Compensation for board members of DAX companies decreasingly linked to performance

Management board salaries rising at slower pace than employee wages

Coins and bank notes

The salaries of board members of DAX companies rose only slightly last year. At 1.5 percent, the increase lagged behind the growth of gross wages in Germany (3.8 percent). This was the finding of the annual study conducted by the German Association for Private Shareholders (DSW) and the Technical University of Munich (TUM) presented in Frankfurt today. However, compensation is decreasingly linked to board members' performance: the trend toward replacing performance-related pay with fixed salaries continued in 2014.

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22.07.2015, Campus news
TUM Department of Physics celebrates anniversary

50 years of cutting-edge research

The TUM Department of Physics at Campus Garching - Photo: Andreas Battenberg / TUM

The German news magazine “Der Spiegel” called it the “second Moessbauer effect” when the Technical University of Munich (TUM), succumbing to pressure by its physics professors, restructured the physics institutes to a Department of Physics in the vein of the American model. The new structure, which was revolutionary at the time, remains in place to this day and formed the basis for its success in the German Excellence Initiative and the superb world-wide reputation of physics at the Technical University of Munich.

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17.07.2015, TUM in Rankings
Business magazine ranking: Number 1 in electrical engineering, informatics and business information systems

Companies rate TUM academic programs in three disciplines the best in Germany

Students in electrical engineering

German companies have once again confirmed that the Technical University of Munich (TUM) produces outstanding graduates: In the university rankings published today by the business magazine “Wirtschaftswoche”, TUM occupies first place in three disciplines – electrical engineering, informatics and business information systems. As part of the ranking, 540 HR managers were surveyed about which universities provide the best education for their companies’ requirements.

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10.07.2015, Research news
Study shows, how microbiota prevents allergies

Billions of helpers for the immune system

The intestinal microbiota (shown here is a histological staining of a colon section) is significantly influencing the immune system of the host. (Picture: Caspar Ohnmacht / ZAUM)

The human body is inhabited by billions of symbiotic bacteria, carrying a diversity that is unique to each individual. The microbiota is involved in many mechanisms, including digestion, vitamin synthesis and host defense. It is well established that a loss of bacterial symbionts promotes the development of allergies. Scientists at the Technical University of Munich (TUM), at Helmholtz Zentrum Munich and Institut Pasteur in Paris have succeeded in explaining this phenomenon, and demonstrate how the microbiota acts on the balance of the immune system: the presence of microbes specifically blocks the immune cells responsible for triggering allergies. These results are published in Science.

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09.07.2015, Research news
Layered semiconducting black arsenic phosphorus as an alternative to silicon

Graphene gets competition

Crystals of semiconducting black arsenic phosphorus – photo: Andreas Battenberg / TUM

Graphene, the only one atom thick carbon network, achieved overnight fame with the 2010 Nobel Prize. But now comes competition: Such layers can also be formed by black phosphorous. Chemists at the Technische Universität München (TUM) have now developed a semiconducting material in which individual phosphorus atoms are replaced by arsenic. In a collaborative international effort, American colleagues have built the first field-effect transistors from the new material.

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07.07.2015, Research news
How food marketing influences consumer behavior

“Fitness” foods: A risk for the overweight?

The TUM researchers observed that the snack labeled with “fitness” not only tempted people seeking to lose weight to eat more but also to exercise less. (Photo: Veronika Rajcsanyi/TUM)

Foods branded with the terms “fit” or “fitness” are highly popular among nutritionally-aware consumers. However, people actually seeking to lose weight are tempted to eat more by such labeling. Not only that: they also exercise less than other trial participants despite taking in more energy. This is the result of a study conducted by the Technische Universität München (TUM) and Pennsylvania State University published in the Journal of Marketing Research.

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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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