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  • European Research Council recognizes TUM researchers

    Multi-million euro funding for research

    Dedication to top-level research pays off. The European Research Council (ERC) has again awarded generous grants to scientists at Technische Universität München (TUM). Six researchers have been singled out for their cutting-edge projects in medicine, mathematics, computer science and physics. TUM has received 26 ERC grants since the launch of the scheme in 2007. This puts TUM in the top three most successful German universities at securing ERC funding.

  • Clearest satellite evidence yet of polar ice losses

    Measuring global warming

    Greenland Meltstream. Photo: Ian Joughin

    Scientists have been tracking polar ice losses from space for 20 years. But the severity of the melting process in Greenland and Antarctica has always been disputed, as different ice sheet studies delivered varying results. An international team of experts, including representatives from Technische Universität München (TUM), has now analyzed a much broader satellite data set, confirming that both polar ice caps are definitely shrinking, albeit at different rates.

  • Nanocrystals reveal damaged material

    Predicting material fatigue

    Picture of zinc oxide tetrapods taken by scanning electron microscope - Copyright 2012, Wiley

    A small crack in a metal wheel caused Germany’s worst-ever rail accident – the 1998 Eschede train disaster. The problem: it was practically impossible to detect damage of that nature to a metal by inspecting it externally. But now scientists have succeeded in making material fatigue visible. They designed new synthetic materials that emit light to report high mechanical stress.

  • Highly endowed research prize for Prof. Thomas Misgeld

    New dynamics in Alzheimer's disease research

    Professor Thomas Misgeld (Technische Universität München) and Prof. Boris Schmidt (Technische Universität Darmstadt) have been awarded the Alzheimer's Research Prize of the Frankfurt-based Hans und Ilse Breuer Stiftung. Each receives one-half of the 100,000-euro endowment. The award honors Misgeld for his research on the development and degeneration of neuronal connections in the brain. His discoveries could be of great importance for therapeutic approaches in the battle against neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's.

  • Nanotech structures mimic nature's way of tunneling through cell walls

    Researchers build synthetic membrane channels out of DNA

    As reported in the journal Science, physicists at the Technische Universität München (TUM) and the University of Michigan have shown that synthetic membrane channels can be constructed through "DNA nanotechnology." This technique employs DNA molecules as programmable building materials for custom-designed, self-assembling, nanometer-scale structures. The researchers present evidence that their nature-inspired nanostructures may also behave like biological ion channels. Their results could mark a step toward applications of synthetic membrane channels as molecular sensors, antimicrobial agents, and drivers of novel nanodevices.

  • TUM Asia celebrates 10 years of education and research in Singapore

    A German success story in Asia

    A bright career future with a Master’s from TUM Asia. (Photo: TUM Asia)

    Technische Universität München (TUM) is celebrating the ten-year anniversary of its Singapore campus. In 2002 TUM became the first German university to set up an offshore campus. Since then, over 300 students from across the globe have graduated from TUM Asia. Over the last two years, scientists from Munich have also been involved in a high-profile research project – TUM CREATE Center of Electromobility in Mega Cities. The Singapore affiliate was TUM’s first step on the road to globalization. The university is currently establishing additional offices on other continents.

  • Turbo-charged Gut Hormones

    Doubling down against Diabetes

    A collaboration between scientists in Munich, Germany and Bloomington, USA may have overcome one of the major challenges drug makers have struggled with for years: Delivering powerful nuclear hormones to specific tissues, while keeping them away from others.

  • Networking hub for TUM partnerships in the Middle East and North Africa

    Technische Universität München opens new office in Cairo

    Cairo skyline

    With the opening of its "TUM.Cairo" office, the Technische Universität München (TUM) expands its worldwide network to the Middle East and North Africa. The TUM.Cairo office is a hub for networking and mutual knowledge transfer between one of Europe's top universities and its partners in the region. It is collocated with other leading institutions at the German Science Centre (DWZ) in Cairo, Egypt.

  • New diagnostic method improves treatment options for breast cancer

    Protein test finds hidden molecule

    Clinical tissue samples - image: S. Willax/TU München

    Immunotherapy can be a successful treatment option for breast cancer patients. The method uses antibodies, which bind to the surface molecules of the tumor, hindering its growth. One of these antibodies targets the HER2 protein, which is not actually present in all variants of the tumor. Now researchers have developed a sensitive new diagnostic method that could allow more patients to benefit from the treatment. This new test also detects cancer cells that appear to be free of HER2 – but which do actually carry the molecule.


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Technical University of Munich
Arcisstr. 21
D-80333 Munich
Tel. +49 89 289 22778
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