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Mit kleinen Teilchen gegen große Krankheiten

May 23, 2018
Mainzer Wissenschaftler bekämpfen Pilzkrankheit bei Weinstöcken mit Nanotechnologie [more]
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Nernst-Haber-Bodenstein prize awarded to Ellen Backus

May 16, 2018
On May 10, 2018 the Deutsche Bunsen-Gesellschaft has awarded the Nernst-Haber-Bodenstein prize to Dr. Ellen Backus of the Max Planck Institute for Polymer research in Mainz. With this prize the Bunsen Gesellschaft recognizes Ellen Backus for her original and unique experimental contribution to unravel the structure and dynamics of molecules, especially water, at interface. The award was handed to her during the opening ceremony of this years meeting of the german physical chemistry society in Hannover. [more]
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The Slipperiness of Ice Explained

May 09, 2018
Everybody knows that sliding on ice or snow, is much easier than sliding on most other surfaces. But why is the ice surface slippery? This question has engaged scientists for more than a century and continues to be subject of debate. Researchers from AMOLF, the University of Amsterdam and the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research (MPI-P) in Mainz, have now shown that the slipperiness of ice is a consequence of the ease with which the topmost water molecules can roll over the ice surface. [more]
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Ursula Groden-Kranich visits the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research

May 02, 2018
Mainz member of German Parliament interested in research of the MPI [more]
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Improved stability of plastic light-emitting diodes

April 18, 2018
Polymer light-emitting diodes (PLEDs) are attractive for use in large–area displays and lighting panels, but their limited stability impedes commercialization. Scientists of the Max Planck Institut for Polymer Research (MPIP) in Mainz have discovered the reasons for instability. [more]
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Stressing out about granule proteins

April 05, 2018
MPI-P group leader Sapun Parekh and Brown University Professor Nick Fawzi have received $750,000 from the Human Frontier in Science Program (HFSP) over the next 3 years to study the “Structure and biophysics of disordered domains mediating RNP granules: from atoms to cells". The HFSP Research Grants fund international (intercontinental) research teams that propose cutting edge projects, which are multidisciplinary and where the expertise of each team member is critical for the project. [more]
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Future close cooperation with Japan launched

March 29, 2018
A joint workshop between scientists of the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research and the Janpanese Research Institute Tokyo Tech revealed many interfaces for an expansion of the scientific cooperation. [more]
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Speedy Surfaces

March 14, 2018
Researchers from the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research in Mainz, Germany, and the Tampere University of Technology, Finland, have found a new way of applying a structured coating for liquid repellency. [more]
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OLED: Nanometer-thin layer improves efficiency

March 09, 2018
Scientists at the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research in Mainz, Germany, have received an unexpected result: They have discovered a new method to improve contacts in OLEDs. This new approach leads to a higher energy efficiency and can be used in almost any organic semiconductor element. [more]
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Novel spectroscopy technique reveals water molecule dance

March 07, 2018
Scientists at the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research have developed the novel 2D TIRV spectroscopy technique to observe coupling between intramolecular and intermolecular vibrations that make water molecules “dance”. [more]
 
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