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  • General Electric collaborates in research with TU München

    Neutrons peer into the heart of a rechargeable battery for hybrid locomotives

    Dr. Michael Hofmann examines the batteries with STRESS-SPEC (Photo: Gilles / TU München)

    Rechargeable batteries may soon provide greater energy efficiency not only for road traffic, but also for rail transport. Scientists at the research neutron source FRM II of the Technische Universität München (TUM) are taking a closer look at a high performance rechargeable battery for future hybrid locomotives. The focus is on a sodium/iron chloride battery manufactured by General Electric (GE). The study reveals the distribution of chemical substances within the battery during various states of charge. 

  • Activation of heat shock protein explained:

    Symmetrical protein activated by break in symmetry

    The unusual aysmetric activation of hsp90.

    Mucoviscidosis, a disease better known as cystic fibrosis, is the most common hereditary metabolic disease in Europe. The defective regulation of the heat shock protein Hsp90 by the partner protein Aha1 is a trigger of the disease. Scientists at the Technische Universität München (TUM) have succeeded in explaining the mechanism behind this reaction. They have reported their findings in the current edition of the journal Molecular Cell.

  • Academy Award for Professor Reimar Lenz

    TUM professor to collect an Oscar for ARRI

    Prof. Dr. Reimar Lenz on stage at the award ceremony.

    An Oscar in the Scientific and Engineering Awards category will be presented this year to TUM Adjunct Professor Reimar Lenz. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will honor the pioneer in the field of digital photography for his contribution to the development of the ARRISCAN film scanner. The scanner enables high-speed, high-precision, and high-resolution scanning of analog feature film stock. The Oscar will also be awarded to Michael Cieslinski and Bernd Brauner from the Munich-based ARRI group (Arnold & Richter Cine Technik), who worked with Professor Lenz on the development of the scanner.

  • TUM researchers guide stock index development, will define composition

    German stock exchange to create two new "family firm" indices

    Prof. Christoph Kaserer and Prof. Ann-Kristin Achleitner.

    In Frankfurt, Deutsche Börse AG has announced the launch of two new stock indices based on research done in Munich – at TUM, the Technische Universität München. Beginning on January 4, 2010, the DAXplus Family and the DAXplus Family 20 will become part of the DAX index family. The first index is tracking all listed German family firms, as defined by criteria developed at the university's Center for Entrepreneurial and Financial Studies (CEFS). The second one is focused on the 20 largest German “family firms”.

  • Learning from evolution

    Fine-tuning an anti-cancer drug

    Salinosporamide A locks the proteasome like a key

    Cancer remains a deadly threat despite the best efforts of science. New hopes were raised a few years ago with the discovery that the uncontrolled growth of cancer cells could be thwarted by blocking the action of proteasomes. Biochemists at the Technische Universitaet Muenchen (TUM) have illuminated a reaction pathway that does just that, in collaboration with researchers from Nereus Pharmaceuticals, based in San Diego, California. In the current issue of the Journal of Medicinal Chemistry, they report insights that could potentially lead to the development of custom-tailored anti-cancer drugs.

  • Structure of protective protein in the eye lens explained:

    Heat shock proteins provide protection against cataracts

    The protein complex of αB-Crystallin

    The human eye lens consists of a highly concentrated mix of several proteins. Protective proteins prevent these proteins from aggregating and clumping. If this protective function fails, the lens blurs and the patient develops cataracts. Two research groups at the Department of Chemistry of the Technische Universität München (TUM) have succeeded in explaining the molecular architecture of this kind of protective protein. Their findings, which are published in the current issue of the journal PNAS (Proceedings of the National Academy of Science), shed new light on the work of these proteins and may be able to help in the development of new treatments.

  • TUM-Physicists discover new magnetic order:

    Skyrmion Lattice in a chiral Magnet

    Sebastian Mühlbauer prepares one of his experiments

    Physicists from the Technische Universität München (TUM) and the University of Cologne have discovered a new type of magnetic ordering in the metallic compound manganese silicon. A team headed by physicist Sebastian Mühlbauer and Professor Christian Pfleiderer (both TUM) was able to visualize the lattice of magnetic vortex filaments, whose existence had been suspected for a long time, using neutrons from the TUM’s Heinz Maier-Leibnitz (FRM II) research neutron source. They have now published their spectacular discovery, which both answers a decades-old question about the building blocks of the universe and could also initiate new developments in magnetic data processing, in Science, the renowned scientific journal, on February 13, 2009.

  • The world's first transplant of both arms at the “Klinikum rechts der Isar” of the TU in Munich

    The patient shortly after the surgery at the "Klinikum rechts der Isar der TUM". (Picture: Klinikum rechts der Isar)

    From the 25th to the 26th July, the “Klinikum rechts der Isar” of the Technical University of Munich saw the first transplant of complete arms after several years of preparatory work. The patient is doing well under the circumstances. This operation was managed by the Clinic for Plastic Surgery and Hand Surgery (Director Prof. Hans-Günther Machens). The operation, with a team of 40 people participating, was headed by PD Dr. Christoph Höhnke (Head of the transplant team, Senior Physician of the Clinic for Plastic Surgery and Hand Surgery) and Prof. Edgar Biemer (long-standing ex-board member of the plastic surgery division).

  • Mechanical Ventilation:

    New strategies could save thousands of lives

    3D-Neutron tomography of a rat lung. (Image: Robert Metzke, Burkhard Schillinger, TU München)

    According to current estimates, over 100,000 patients in Europe receive intensive medical care for acute pulmonary failure each year. Where patients require mechanical ventilation over several days, the survival rate falls below 50 percent. Even if they do survive, many patients are left with severe lung damage and suffer the consequences for the rest of their lives. Doctors face a dilemma here – many details of the way our lungs function remain unknown, making it almost impossible to control ventilation precisely. However, that is now set to change, with scientists from the Technische Universität München (TUM) and the University of Freiburg (both Germany) working on a model that enables ventilation to be adapted to individual needs. Using neutron tomography as the imaging technique, this new approach could save numerous lives.

  • Debate between theorists and engineers resolved:

    Physicists at the TU München prove existence of internal stresses in large compressors

    FRM II in Garching. (Foto: Wenzel Schuermann / TUM)

    Compressor impellers in turbines have to withstand a lot. They not only increase the pressure of vast amounts of gases and liquids, but are themselves subject to extreme centrifugal forces. If a compressor impeller fails due to material fatigue, it can destroy an entire turbine. Subsequently, the ability to calculate the load limits of components is of extreme importance to manufacturers. The results of these calculations, however, also need to be tested in the real world. Physicists at the TU München’s FRM II neutron source have now developed an appropriate test procedure that does just this. The STRESS-SPEC instrument at FRM II enables scientists to detect stresses hidden deep within large components.


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