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  • Prof. Vasilis Ntziachristos demonstrates an imaging method similar to multi-spectral optoacoustic mesoscopy.
    • Research news

    High-resolution 3D view inside tumors

    Opto-acoustic mesoscopy visualizes tumor tissue patterns

    Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women. But individual tumors can vary significantly, presenting different spatial patterns within their mass. Researchers at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) and Helmholtz Zentrum München have now succeeded in visualizing spatial changes within tumors by means of optoacoustics. This method may be helpful for the future development of new drugs.

  • Blick durchs Fluoreszenz-Mikroskop
    • Research news
    • Reading time: 3 MIN

    How fungi are becoming the future

    Fungal biotechnology as a driver of innovation for a biobased economy

    How will we be able to feed 10 billion people in the not too distant future without causing widespread environmental damage? How can we stop using petroleum and still be able to manufacture chemical industry products? These are just some of the questions which humankind is facing today. Potential answers to these questions can be found in the latest developments in fungal biotechnology, which can now be read in a white paper entitled Growing a circular economy with fungal biotechnology.

  • DNA-Origami
    • Campus news
    • Reading time: 5 MIN

    State of Bavaria raises AI research to new heights

    Massive expansion of artificial intelligence research at TUM

    Under the Bavarian government's Hightech Agenda Bayern, TUM's leading expertise in the forward-looking fields of robotics and artificial intelligence is set to undergo a massive expansion. By establishing 14 new professorships, including two under the auspices of multi-location Bavarian research cooperatives, the initiative contributes to position TUM among the world's leading centers of research and innovation in AI and machine intelligence.

  • Mikroskopische Aufnahmen im Mausmodell
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    • Reading time: 3 MIN

    A disease trigger for pancreatitis has been identified

    A Calcium channel is involved in the development of pancreatitis

    One factor contributing to the development of pancreatitis lies in mutations within a cell membrane ion channel that is characterized by its specific permeability for calcium ions. This groundbreaking discovery was made by a research team at Technical University of Munich (TUM), in cooperation with other groups from Germany, Japan and France. These insights could lead to the development of new therapeutic agents for treating and preventing chronic pancreatitis.

  • Landeanflug auf ein Schiff im Hubschraubersimulator.
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    • Reading time: 3 MIN

    Safe landings in rough seas

    An augmented reality display to help helicopter pilots land safely on ships

    Landing a helicopter on the deck of a ship in poor visibility is a big challenge even for the most experienced of pilots. Researchers at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) have developed an assistance system that displays key information in the visor of the pilot's helmet-mounted display. This permits precise landing approaches – even in adverse weather conditions.

  • Ausschnitt aus einer konventionellen Röntgenaufnahme des Brustkorbs
    • Covid-19, Research news
    • Reading time: 4 MIN

    New x-ray method for Corona diagnosis ready for patient testing

    Low-dose radiographs could reveal typical lung changes

    Researchers at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) have developed an innovative x-ray method for lung diagnostics, which they now plan to test in one of its first applications for diagnosis of the respiratory ailment Covid-19 caused by Coronavirus. The method could clearly identify abnormalities typical of the illness and involves a significantly lower radiation dose than the computed tomography methods currently in use. Last week, the German Federal Office for Radiation Protection (BfS) issued the approval necessary for the tests.

  • Research for the development of a new fuel with low enrichment: Teresa Kiechle and Julian Becker  in the uranium laboratory of the FRM II.
    • Research news
    • Reading time: 3 MIN

    Pioneering work: Prototype of a new fuel

    New fuel with low enriched uranium-molybdenum alloy

    The Technical University of Munich (TUM) and Framatome are working together on the development of a new fuel for the research neutron source Heinz Maier-Leibniz (FRM II). The fuel shall consist of low-enriched, monolithic uranium molybdenum alloy (U-Mo). The first prototypes are expected to be manufactured in early 2021. If the tests are successful, production could start as early as 2022.

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    TUM to lead AI Future Lab for Earth observation

    German government awards 5 million Euros to support artificial intelligence research

    The Technical University of Munich (TUM) has been successful in the competition “International Future Labs for Artificial Intelligence” of the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). The new Future Lab, AI4EO, is launching in May 2020 under TUM leadership and will be funded with up to 5 million Euros. In cooperation with the German Aerospace Center (DLR), among others, satellite data and Big Data analyses will be used to create models of global urbanization, food supplies and the management of natural disasters.

  • "Superatom" comprising 43 copper and 12 aluminum atoms surrounded by cyclopentatienyl ligands.
    • Campus news
    • Reading time: 4 MIN

    Superatoms as catalysts

    Prof. Roland Fischer awarded Reinhart Koselleck Project funding from the DFG

    Precious metals like platinum are good catalysts – but they are expensive. While the chemical industry is trying to solve this cost issue by developing ever-smaller catalyst particles, a team from the Technical University of Munich (TUM) is taking an entirely new approach: the targeted development of catalyst particles from individual atoms. The Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) is providing 1.2 million Euros in funding for this innovative work under the auspices of the Reinhart Koselleck Projects program.