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An international research team has discovered nonclassical superconductivity at extremely low temperatures in a compound of ytterbium, rhodium, and silicon. The project was a collaboration among physicists of the Technical University of Munich (TUM), the Walther Meissner Institute of the Bavarian Academy of Sciences in Garching, the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Physics of Solids in Dresden, Rice University (Houston, USA), and Renmin University (Beijing, China).
US business magazine Forbes has included TUM graduate Jakob Schillinger in its 30 Under 30 Europe list for social entrepreneurs. The 26-year-old is one of the founders of OneDollarGlasses – an organization whose goal is to train opticians in developing countries to make and sell highly affordable glasses. Four entrepreneurs from TUM start-ups had already made it into the science and healthcare category of the Forbes list.
In the production of margarine millions of tons of unsaturated fatty acids are converted from vegetable oils using hydrogen. While searching for improved catalysts for these so-called hydrogenation reactions, a German-American research team made a discovery that puts a 50-year old rule in question: In catalytic particles comprising only a few atoms, shape and size influence reactivity much more strongly then previously thought.
Where is housing space needed the most? How do residents feel about the shopping facilities near their living and working spaces? And what can companies do to encourage their employees to stay put? In the study "Living, Working, Mobility", scientists from the Technical University of Munich (TUM) looked into these questions for the metropolian area of Munich. Now they will present the results to the public for the first time.
The lighter the better. That is the golden rule, at least in the automobile, aircraft and aerospace industries. Materials like fiber-reinforced plastics and light metals are paving the way for components with lower densities. The firm and secure fusion of different materials poses a major challenge, however, which is why researchers from the Technical University of Munich (TUM) are working on ways to improve joining techniques - for example by laser surface treatments.
The Chemistry department of the Technical University of Munich (TUM) and the Jürgen Manchot Foundation have awarded the chemist, Professor Mercouri Kanatzidis, the 2015 Wilhelm Manchot Research Professorship. With this accolade, the TUM honors his pioneering work on thermoelectric materials.
US magazine Forbes has published a list of outstanding achievers in science and healthcare under the age of 30. On the top 30 Under 30 Europe list are four entrepreneurs whose start-ups have received or are currently receiving support from the Technical University of Munich (TUM). Sinan Denemec (26), David Fehrenbach (27) and Moritz Knoblauch (27) are working on getting their healthcare company iuvas off the ground at the TUM Entrepreneurship Center and TUM graduate Alexander Rinke (26) is a manager at IT company Celonis.
Every day, we constantly absorb information through our sensory organs, which the brain then needs to process correctly. The information initially reaches the main relay center, the thalamus, and then travels to the cerebral cortex. The neurons in the so-called higher-order thalamus form the connecting lines between both areas of the brain. Prior to this, their role in sensory processing was unknown. Scientists at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) have now shown for the first time in an animal model that they enhance and temporarily store sensory information.
The Munich School of Engineering, in which the Technical University of Munich (TUM) bundles its wide-ranging, interdisciplinary energy research, is now taking on a more concrete form: With a topping-out ceremony, the university celebrated a milestone in the construction of the new Research Center for Energy and Information on its Garching campus. The research building, costing 17 million euros and providing approximately 2,300 m2 of floor space, will function as a permanent hub for the MSE. With state-of-the art laboratories, it will be a focus point for energy research at the interfaces between engineering and natural sciences. The center will also integrate the information technologies that promise to deliver the decisive impetus for innovation in energy generation, storage and distribution in the age of digitalization.
The Technical University of Munich (TUM) is introducing Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) to help prospective international students prepare for a Master’s degree at TUM. MOOCs for Masters will be designed so that participants can test their knowledge before applying for their preferred Master’s course and close knowledge gaps they may have. Two years ago, TUM became one of the first German universities to introduce its own MOOCs, which have already been completed by over 100,000 participants in around 160 countries.