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  • Fast computer control for molecular machines

    Piecework at the nano assembly line

    Electric fields drive the rotating nano-crane – 100,000 times faster than previous methods. (Image: Enzo Kopperger / TUM)

    Scientists at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) have developed a novel electric propulsion technology for nanorobots. It allows molecular machines to move a hundred thousand times faster than with the biochemical processes used to date. This makes nanobots fast enough to do assembly line work in molecular factories. The new research results will appear as the cover story on 19th January in the renowned scientific journal Science.

  • Cloud technology: Dynamic certificates make cloud service providers more secure

    New quality certification for cloud service providers

    The scientists of the NGCert consortium want to make cloud service providers more secure with new dynamic certificates. (Image: H. Krcmar, C. Eckert, A. Roßnagel, A. Sunyaev, M. Wiesche)

    The volume of digital data produced and stored by companies is growing. Cloud technology offers a convenient solution: IT service providers offer storage space or software which enables data to be saved remotely. But how can companies be sure that their data is protected against unauthorized access or deletion? Researchers from the Technical University of Munich (TUM) have studied this issue and developed a model which allows service providers to be checked and certified reliably.

  • Which water body conditions influence environmental DNA analysis?

    Species identification in the water bottle

    Environmental DNA analysis makes it possible to detect aquatic organisms without having to catch them: Bernhard Stoeckle (right) fetches a water bottle with liquid from a stream. On the left next to him Sebastian Beggel, while Prof. Jürgen Geist is waiting for the rehearsals. (Photo: A. Heddergott/ TUM)

    Environmental DNA analysis makes it possible to detect water organisms without having to capture them first. For the first time, a team at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) systematically investigated the effect of various environmental factors on environmental DNA analyses. By doing so, the researchers have made an important step towards the standardized application of this method for the monitoring of water bodies.

  • Multiple sclerosis: Cholesterol crystals prevent regeneration in the central nervous system

    Lipid metabolism controls regeneration in the central nervous system

    Together with his team Prof. Mikael Simons researches the formation and removal of the myelin sheathes which surround nerve fibers and which are destroyed in Multiple Sclerosis. Here he uses a licorice roll to illustrate the appearance of the sheathes. (Photo: A. Eckert / TUM)

    Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is a chronic inflammatory disease of the central nervous system, in which the body's own immune cells attack the fatty, insulating myelin sheath surrounding nerve fibers. The regeneration of intact myelin sheathes is a necessary prerequisite for patients to recover from MS relapses. Nevertheless, the body's ability to regenerate myelin decreases with age. A team led by Prof. Mikael Simons from the Technical University of Munich (TUM) has now published a possible explanation in the journal "Science": Fat derived from myelin, which is not carried away rapidly enough by phagocytes can trigger chronic inflammation that in turn impedes regeneration. Furthermore, in a second publication Simons' team describes the discovery of novel cell type, which appears only when a myelin sheath is being created.

  • Commemorative coin in honor of Ernst Otto Fischer, winner of the Nobel Prize for Chemistry

    On the 100th anniversary of TUM professor Ernst Otto Fischer’s birth

    The two sides of the commemorative coin in honour of the Nobel laureate and former TUM professor Ernst Otto Fischer. (Source: BVA/ Design: Katrin Pannicke/ Photo: H.-J. Wuthenow)

    Ernst Otto Fischer, former Professor of Inorganic Chemistry at the Technical University of Munich (TUM), established a new branch of chemistry with his research on metal-carbon compounds. His work fundamentally changed the prevailing understanding of chemical formation at the time. In honor of the 100th anniversary of his birth the Federal Government of Germany is issuing a commemorative 20 euro coin in October 2018. It shows Fischer’s most famous structure: bis(benzene)chromium. He was awarded the 1973 Nobel Prize for this breakthrough.

  • Beta-lactone inhibits mycomenbrane biosynthesis and potentiates antibiotics

    Double strike against tuberculosis

    Dr. Johannes Lehmann (left) and Prof. Stephan A. Sieber examine test results on the antibacterial effect of various substances. (Foto: Christian Fetzer / TUM)

    In search of new strategies against life-threatening tuberculosis infections, a team from the Technical University of Munich (TUM), as well as Harvard University and Texas A&M University in the USA have found a new ally. They discovered a substance that interferes with the mycomembrane formation of the bacterium. It is effective even in low concentrations and when combined with known antibiotics their effectiveness is improved by up to 100-fold.

  • Join us in celebrating TUM’s 150th anniversary

    Happy holidays and best wishes for 2018

    TChristmas decorations on the Campus Garching, designed with the app iOrnament by Prof. Jürgen Richter-Gebert from the Chair of Geometry and Visualization. (Picture Eckert / TUM)

    We wish you and your families a happy and healthy festive season and a great start to the New Year. Join us in celebrating our 150th anniversary with an exciting and varied program of events. We look forward to taking a look back at the impressive history of the Technical University of Munich with you in 2018. More importantly, however, we will also be looking ahead to the challenges that await us.

  • Interview and video: Five start-ups participate in first TUM "US Venture Program"

    With the university to Silicon Valley

    The start-up teams at Silicon Valley. (Image: TUM)

    The Technical University of Munich (TUM) takes its start-ups to Silicon Valley. Five teams spent ten days building networks in the start-up scene, interacting with managers from global players and learning from experts. Isabell Franck from data analysis specialist IPT and Artem Kuchukov from the construction technology company KEWAZO participated in the first "US Venture Program". In an interview they talk about why a potential investor wanted to know about soccer and why the difference between Silicon Valley and the Garching Incubator is not so large after all.

  • New methods in bionics via the direct use of natural structures

    Biofilms as construction workers

    Red algae move towards the light and excrete chains of sugar molecules. By means of time-variable light patterns, the researchers obtain customized templates from these long, fine polymer threads, which they use for functional ceramics. (Photo: v. Opdenbosch/TUM)

    Biofilms are generally seen as a problem to be eradicated due to the hazards they pose for humans and materials. However, these communities of algae, fungi, or bacteria possess interesting properties both from a scientific and a technical standpoint. A team from the Technical University of Munich (TUM) describes processes from the field of biology that utilize biofilms as ‘construction workers’ to create structural templates for new materials that possess the properties of natural materials. In the past, this was only possible to a limited extent.

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