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  • Chinese companies investing in technology development through acquisitions

    New opportunities for German firms through Chinese investments

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    In recent years, a number of Chinese companies have either bought German firms outright or acquired a shareholding in them. This investment activity is being driven by a desire to gain access to state-of-the-art technology. But contrary to initial expectations, most of the new owners are not interested in draining their newly acquired companies of knowledge. Instead, we are seeing productive collaboration in research and development. This was what Technische Universität München (TUM) and the Munich Innovation Group discovered in their recent collaborative study. Chinese companies are looking at these investments as a way to expand their product portfolios, strengthen their position in China, and gain a lasting foothold in Europe.

  • Jean-Marc Ayrault gains an insight into robot research

    French Prime Minister visits the TUM

    Robot ICub and Prof. Gordon Cheng welcome French Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault.

    The French Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault today visited the Technische Universität München. TUM President Wolfgang A. Herrmann gave the head of government an insight into the university’s research profile and development. The Institute for Cognitive Systems then presented several research projects, including a sensitive skin for robots. The TUM has close relationships with numerous leading French universities and Grandes Écoles.

  • Fewer laboratory animals for basic medical research

    Fast track to mouse modeling

    Modern DNA cutting tools allow genetic defects to be easily and quickly injected into mouse cells.

    What genes are responsible for the development of breast cancer? What are the brain cell mutations that lead to the onset of Alzheimer’s? To find new therapies, scientists have to understand how diseases are triggered at cell level. Experiments on genetically modified mice are an indispensable part of basic medical research. Now a method has been found to help laboratories carry out their work with fewer test animals. 

  • Findings could enable better modeling and manipulation of immune response

    Insights into immune system, from fates of individual T cells

    By charting the differing fates of individual T cells, researchers have shown that previously unpredictable aspects of the adaptive immune response can be effectively modeled. The crucial question: What determines which of the immune system's millions of cells will mobilize to fight an acute infection and which will be held back to survive long-term, forming the basis of the immunological memory? The scientists' findings, published in the journal Science, could have implications for improved immunotherapy and vaccination strategies.

  • TU München names new director to lead its Institute for Advanced Study

    Prof. Gerhard Abstreiter takes the helm at the TUM-IAS

    Professor Gerhard Abstreiter has been named as the new director of the Institute for Advanced Study at the Technische Universität München (TUM-IAS), effective April 1. World renowned in the fields of semiconductor research and nanotechnology, Abstreiter has been a full professor in the TUM Department of Physics since 1987 and has served as director of both the Walter Schottky Institute and the Center for Nanotechnology and Nanomaterials since their inception. He succeeds Prof. Patrick Dewilde, founding director of the TUM-IAS, who will be returning to his native Belgium upon retirement.

  • TUM Asia enters into cooperation with Singaporean partners on composite technology

    New center for carbon-composite materials in Singapore

    Research at TUM: Carbon fibers are an important material in key sectors of the economy.

    The Technische Universität München (TUM), Singapore Polytechnic, ST Kinetics and nine other companies plan a future cooperation for carbon-composite materials in Singapore. The Composite Technology Laboratory will aim to achieve advancement in the research and application of materials offering great future potential. The TUM has carried out research and lecturing activities with its subsidiary TUM Asia for ten years in Singapore.

  • 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.


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