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  • Alliance of leading technical universities

    The EuroTech Universities join forces in Brussels

    European flag (Photo: European Commission)

    Sharing the excellence of the main technical universities in Europe and beyond, working together to find solutions to the challenges of our society, providing cross-border study programs – these are the goals of the EuroTech Universities Alliance, which brings together four elite technical universities in Switzerland, the Netherlands, Denmark and Germany. Today, they are opening their joint office in Brussels.

  • Iron-sulfur enzymes as candidates for antibiotic development

    IspH – a protein free to choose its partners

    The iron-sulfur protein IspH plays a central role in the terpene metabolism of several pathogens. The mechanism of the reaction provides an approach for developing new antibiotics, particularly against malaria and tuberculosis. While researching this enzyme, biochemists at the Technische Universität München (TUM) discovered a previously unknown reaction: IspH accepts two completely different classes of molecules as partners. This surprising insight, published in Nature Communications, opens up new perspectives in combating infectious diseases.

  • Individual protein complex generates electric current

    Solar cell consisting of a single molecule

    Graphical image of a photosystem I-complex which is lit by the tip of a optical near-field microscope

    Photosynthesis allows plants to convert light into chemical energy. Utilizing this process to produce electrical energy is a research goal worldwide. Now a team of scientists at the Technische Universität München and the Tel Aviv University has succeeded in directly deriving and measuring the photoelectric current generated by single molecules of the photosystem I.

  • Driver assistance systems for greater safety and efficiency

    Vehicles to assist city drivers

    Safely through the city despite the stress, thanks to new driving assistants (Photo: Ralf Hettler / istcokphoto)

    All sorts of distractions and complex traffic situations make driving in the city particularly challenging. Researchers from academia and industry have joined forces in the UR:BAN project to develop new technologies to make urban driving safer and more efficient. For its part, Technische Universität München (TUM) wants to find out how vehicles can give useful advice to drivers without bombarding them with information.

     

  • Recently established TUM School of Management outperforms traditional faculties:

    Handelsblatt - TUM ranked top in business studies in Germany

    Prof. Gunther Friedl, Dean of the TUM School of Management, with students. (Photo: A. Eckert / TUM)

    Prestigious accolade for recently established faculty: The Handelsblatt rankings published today rate the School of Management at the Technische Universität München (TUM) as the best business studies faculty in Germany in terms of research. The TUM only established the faculty ten years ago. It has established a strong reputation by interlinking business studies with technical disciplines, natural sciences and life sciences. The faculty today has 26 professors.

  • If a GPS signal can’t get through, imaging data might be the answer

    Improved positioning indoors

    For the mapping NAVVIS uses both vertical and horizontal laser scans.The environment is displayed as a three-dimensional point cloud. Image: G. Schroth/TUM

    Whether you’re walking, biking or driving, navigation systems can help you get from A to B – as long as you have a GPS signal. This positioning technology usually works fine in both urban and rural outdoor areas, but it is of limited use indoors. To find our way around large and complex buildings like hospitals or airports, we often need to rely on vague signs. Researchers at Technische Universität München (TUM) have come up with a new technology. The NAVVIS system uses visual information and realistic 3D images to point users in the right direction.

  • QS World University Rankings

    TUM number one in Germany again

    TUM further improved in the QS ranking. (Photo: A. Eckert / TUM)

    The Technische Universität München (TUM) has again been evaluated as the best university in Germany by one of the most highly regarded rankings. The “QS World University Rankings”, published today, classifies the TUM in 53rd position, putting it ahead of the so-called full-scale universities in Germany. In August 2012, the “Academic Ranking of World Universities” (Shanghai ranking) also listed the TUM as the number one German university, ranking it in the same position.

  • Prototype represents a step toward enhanced soft-tissue tomography

    Ready for preclinical research - a novel CT scanner with innovative x-ray technology

    Mounted in a movable gantry inside the CT scanner are an x-ray source (left), a detector (far right), and a three-grating interferometer for phase-contrast imaging. Image: A. Tapfer/TUM

    A promising approach for producing medical images with enhanced soft tissue visibility — grating-based x-ray phase contrast—has now advanced from bench-top studies to implementation in an in vivo preclinical computed tomography scanner. A German, Swedish, and Belgian team led by scientists at the Technische Universität München (TUM) published the first experimental results demonstrating the practical potential of this technology, which can significantly improve the contrast in CT scans. This work, reported in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, could mark a critical step in moving beyond proof-of-concept experiments to applications —including in vivo preclinical imaging with small-animal models in the mid-term future and, in the long term, medical CT scanning.

  • Graduate Education

    From Brain Drain to Brain Circulation

    Brain drain is a huge loss to the home country – but it can be avoided. If doctoral and master’s students are prepared for an international career path during their training, they are more likely to return home at some point. Universities and graduate schools can also facilitate the worldwide exchange of young researchers by strengthening their international networks. Higher education leaders from 15 countries have agreed on a set of principles to guide the preparation of graduate students for the demands of the global workforce and economy. 

     

     

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08.10.2015 - Research news
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