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  • Physicists develop a new approach to quantum computing:

    Quantum computers counting on carbon nanotubes

    Like a guitar string nanotubes (black) can be clamped and excited to vibrate. An electric field (electrodes: blue) ensures that two of the many possible states can be selectively addressed. Image: M.J. Hartmann, TUM

    Carbon nanotubes can be used as quantum bits for quantum computers. A study by physicists at the Technische Universität München (TUM) has shown how nanotubes can store information in the form of vibrations. Up to now, researchers have experimented primarily with electrically charged particles. Because nanomechanical devices are not charged, they are much less sensitive to electrical interference.

  • How oils and fats regulate feeling of satiety

    Olive oil makes you feel full

    Aroma compounds in olive oil regulate feeling of satiety.

    Reduced-fat food products are gaining in popularity. More and more people are choosing “light” products in an attempt to lose weight, or at least in the hope that they will not gain any pounds. But whether these products are effective or not is a matter of dispute: While it is true that they contain fewer calories, people tend to overcompensate by eating more if they do not feel full. Now a study has shown how “natural” oils and fats regulate the sensation of feeling full after eating, with olive oil leading the way. So what makes this oil so effective? 

  • TUM invites international postdoc candidates to “Research Opportunities Week”

    One week at TUM for the chance of a one year scholarship

    Young researchers working at a robot.

    In a week-long event, 45 postdoctoral candidates from around the world will have a chance to get to know Technische Universität München (TUM) – and maybe receive the offer of a research scholarship at the end of this year’s first “Research Opportunities Week”, starting on March 18. This initiative, the first of its kind in Germany, is part of TUM’s strategy to attract more young international researchers to its ranks and increasing the number of postdocs specializing in the natural sciences and engineering.

  • TUM spin-off AMSilk presents first artificial spider silk fibers

    High-strength fibers from spider silk

    The picture shows researchers developing efficient processes for the production of spider silk protein in the pilot plant of the Research Center for Industrial Biotechnology at TUM

    AMSilk, a spin-off of the Technische Universität München (TUM), has produced the world's first artificial silk fiber that is entirely made of recombinant spider silk proteins. The fiber’s tensile strength is comparable to that of natural spider silk, which led to the name Biosteel. The present fiber prototypes are smooth to the touch and pleasant to the skin, and they shine like silk. They are brilliant white and can be dyed with common techniques used in the textile industry. Applications for Biosteel may include high-performance technical textiles, sporting goods, medical textiles and surgical products, such as meshes and other support textiles or wound coverings.

  • More than 900 foreign exchange grants awarded

    TUM students top the polls for Erasmus exchanges

    Students talking to each other.

    Students at Technische Universität München (TUM) reveal the strongest uptake in Germany for the European Erasmus exchange program. In the 2011/12 academic year, more than 900 students availed of this EU grant and completed part of their studies or an internship abroad – putting TUM ahead of all German universities. In the past six years, the number of Erasmus students from TUM has risen almost 200 percent.

  • Scientists develop a numerical model of complex fluids:

    Ketchup turns somersaults

    Markus Harasim monitors the movement of polymer molecules in the microscopic flow channel – Photo: Andreas Battenberg / TUM

    Blood, paint or ketchup are complex liquids composed of several different components. For the construction of pumps, or the improvement of technical processes scientists and engineers need description models. They make the special properties of such liquids predictable. Researchers at the Technische Universität München (TUM) and the Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETHZ) have developed such a model. In the current issue of the prestigious journal "Physical Review Letters" they present it.

  • Electron excitation influences crystal structure

    Turbulence in a crystal

    An ultraviolet light pulse hits the titanium dioxide crystal. The laser pulse induces a redistribution of weakly bound electrons, which leads to a shift of the equilibrium position of the atoms in the crystal lattice.

    When an intense ultrashort light pulse hits a crystal, it sets its atomic structure in motion. A team of scientists from the Max Planck Institute of Quantum Optics (MPQ), the Technischen Universität München (TUM), the Fritz-Haber Institute in Berlin (FHI) and the Universität Kassel can now observe how the configuration of electrons and atoms in titanium dioxide, a semiconductor, changes under the impact of an ultraviolet laser pulse, confirming that even subtle changes in the electron distribution caused by the excitation can have a considerable impact on the whole crystal structure.

  • Study reveals new avenues

    Improving climate protection in agriculture

    Conventional farming produces more greenhouse gas emissions than organic farming, however, it achieves higher yields.

    Agriculture is responsible for around ten to twelve percent of all greenhouse gases attributable to human activities. This raises the question of how these emissions could be reduced. A recent study has investigated – for the first time – the full range of factors that contribute to greenhouse gas emissions, namely soil and climate conditions, the agricultural model and the farming intensity on both organic and conventional holdings. The study has enabled scientists to develop a new model that will allow agricultural landholders to determine and improve their climate balance.

  • TUM and Helmholtz Centers establish Heinz Maier-Leibnitz Zentrum

    New center for neutron research in Germany

    Prof. Richter, Forschungszentrum Juelich  (left) and Prof. Petry, Scientific Director of the FRM II (right) unveiling the new logo of the Heinz Maier-Leibnitz Zentrum - Photo: Ina Lommatzsch / TUM

    The German neutron research, concentrated at the Research Neutron Source Heinz Maier-Leibnitz (FRM II) in Garching, received its own name: Heinz Maier-Leibnitz Zentrum. Thus, the successful cooperation between the Technische Universität München (TUM), the Forschungszentrum Juelich and the Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht – Center for Materials and Coastal Research (HZG) enters a new stage. Today, the inaugural ceremony was held in Garching.

  • Supervisory Board endorses incumbent head

    Wolfgang A. Herrmann re-elected as TUM President

    President Wolfgang A. Herrmann aims to reinforce TUM's international expansion.

    Wolfgang A. Herrmann will remain at the helm of Technische Universität München (TUM) for six more years. In a secret ballot, the Supervisory Board unanimously re-elected the incumbent President today. Herrmann is the longest-serving President of a German university, having led TUM for 17 years. The numerous reforms introduced during his tenure have made TUM what it is today: an outstanding international university with an entrepreneurial spirit. The highlights of Herrman’s term of office include TUM’s recognition as a “University of Excellence” in 2006 and 2012.

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