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  • 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. 



  • Researchers explain "hydration repulsion" between biomembranes

    Keep your distance! - Why cells and organelles don't get stuck

    If they stick together, biomembranes lose their biological functions. A thin film of water prevents the membranes (left and right) from getting too close. Image: Emanuel Schneck

    Biomembranes enclose biological cells like a skin. They also surround organelles that carry out important functions in metabolism and cell division. Scientists have long known in principle how biomembranes are built up, and also that water molecules play a role in maintaining the optimal distance between neighboring membranes—otherwise they could not fulfill their vital functions. Now, with the help of computer simulations, scientists of the Technische Universität München (TUM) and the Freie Universität Berlin have discovered two different mechanisms that prevent neighboring membrane surfaces from sticking together. Their results appear in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

  • TUM scientist to receive Reinhart Koselleck Project funding from DFG

    1.25 million euro for thermoacoustic imaging project

    Left image: Cross section of a mouse taken with the NRT tomography. The image on the right was generated with a conventional imaging method and shows the same region. Image: V. Ntziachristos/TUM

    The German Research Foundation (DFG) has singled out TUM’s Prof. Vasilis Ntziachristos for Reinhart Koselleck Project funding. Over the next five years, he will receive 1.25 million euro to develop a novel high-resolution imaging technique. The new method is based on the previously little-explored area of near-field thermoacoustic tomography. The DFG reserves Reinhart Koselleck funding for outstanding researchers with a proven scientific track record to pursue exceptionally innovative or higher-risk projects.

  • Soccer champions playing the stock exchange

    How a team's performance influences its share price

    Über einen Sieg freuen sich nicht nur die Fans, sondern auch die Aktionäre - besonders, wenn ihr Verein auswärts gewinnt. Image: creativedoxfoto/

    Borussia Dortmund (BVB), which finished on top of the Bundesliga championship table the last seasons, can claim another distinction dating back ten years: It was the first and remains the only German soccer club to be traded publicly on the stock exchange. Together with 20 other European football clubs the BVB is listed on the Stoxx Europe Football Index. But what influences the value of football shares? A research project at the Technische Universität München (TUM) examined the ups and downs of BVB’s share price and how much it depended on match results.

  • Chemistry at TU München moves up to 12th place worldwide

    Shanghai Ranking again taps TUM as Germany's top university

    TUM was ranked fourth-best among all technical universities in Europe. (Photo: Heddergott / TUM)

    The Technische Universität München has once again been ranked as the best German university in the latest Academic Ranking of World Universities (Shanghai Ranking). It came in at 53rd place worldwide and held its position above all other universities in Germany, including the so-called "full universities." In rankings by individual subjects, TUM placed 12th worldwide in chemistry and was unchallenged nationally in computer science. In comparisons of broader disciplinary areas, TUM was tops nationwide in natural sciences / mathematics, engineering sciences, and life sciences.

  • Ground-breaking change in Germany: TUM introduces international tenure-track system

    Real career opportunities for young researchers

    From Post Doc to Full Professor - TUM offers young researchers excellent career oppotunities. (Photo: Eckert / TUM)

    The Technische Universität München (TUM) has started a career system for young scientists that will serve as a forerunner in Germany. The TUM Faculty Tenure Track System offers outstanding talents early independence as assistant professors and clear prospects based on performance: If they meet demanding evaluation criteria, they advance after six years to the status of associate professor, which brings with it a permanent position at the W3 salary level.

  • Potential anti-AIDS drug compound shows enhanced activity

    Molecule against HIV – small change yields major effect

    Perfect Fit: The modified anti-HIV molecule (center) binds with higher affinity to the CXCR4 receptor on the surface of immune cells. Copyright: Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, reproduced with permission. A Conformationally Frozen Peptoid Boosts CXCR4 Affinity and Anti-HIV Activity, Kessler et al., Angewandte Chemie Int. Ed.  2012, 51, 8110-8113

    Researchers from Munich and Naples have shown that minimal modification of a synthetic peptide with anti-HIV activity results in a new compound with more than two orders of magnitude higher binding affinity to the chemokine receptor CXCR4 and greatly improved anti-HIV activity. This could be a step toward the design of new, more effective drugs against AIDS, inflammatory diseases, and some forms of cancer.

  • 120 cars put new communication system to the test

    Intelligent cars warn each other

    The system warns the driver if a vehicle ahead brakes heavily – well before the driver is physically able to react. (Photo: simTD)

    One of the largest fleet tests in the world was launched today in Germany. 120 cars hit the road to test a system known as simTD, a technology that enables vehicles to communicate with each other and their environment. This new system brought scientists together with private companies and public organizations. It enables cars to exchange information on traffic conditions and possible dangers. Researchers at Technische Universität München (TUM) played a key role in designing the test scenarios. They will also be evaluating the data.


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