Prof. Markus Becherer from the TUM Chair of Nanoelectronics on the TEDxTUM stage. (Picture: Verena Braun)
Prof. Markus Becherer from the TUM Chair of Nanoelectronics on the TEDxTUM stage. (Picture: Verena Braun)

TEDxTUM talks on molecular machines and nanomagnetsTiny technologies with enormous impact

The TEDx conference stands for short presentations that reach millions of people online. Since 2014, this format is also offered at the Technical University of Munich (TUM). TedxTUM is organized on a voluntary basis by students. The first presentations of this year's event on "Tiny Superpowers" on 24 July are now available as online videos.

This year, TEDxTUM focused on particles that are not visible to the human eye but still can have a huge effect. For example in the form of molecular machines made of DNA, as Professor Hendrik Dietz and his team are investigating at TUM's Laboratory for Biomolecular Nanotechnology. Inspired by nanomachines in nature, the physicists around Leibniz Prize winner Dietz are working on building entire machines and motors from DNA. In the future, these machines could be used to transport drugs to the desired location in the body. In his TEDxTUM talk "Molecular machines of the future", Dietz described the current state of this research. 

Also Professor Markus Becherer presented his research work under the title "Using tiny magnets for computation". At the TUM Department of Nanoelectronics he deals with nanomagnets that are only a few atoms thick. From these, Becherer and his team build switches that can communicate with each other. It is billions of them that make the flow of information in our smartphones possible. 

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