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Water is simply water – even in living cells

October 12, 2017
A team of scientists from Mainz and Amsterdam shows that living cells cannot alter the properties of water over longer distances [more]
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Raffaello Potestio has been awarded an ERC Starting Grant for the project VARIAMOLS

October 05, 2017
The European Research Council supports the project "Variable resolution algorithms for macromolecular simulations – VARIAMOLS” by Dr. Raffaello Potestio with an ERC Starting Grant of 1.4 million euros. The group leader at the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research (MPI-P) will develop and apply novel techniques to represent a large biomolecule, such as a protein or an assembly of several proteins, with models that are at the same time chemically accurate and computationally efficient. The project will be carried out at the Physics Department of the University of Trento, Italy, and is scheduled to start on January 1, 2018. [more]
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ERC Starting Grant ARTIST for Seraphine Wegner at the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research

September 27, 2017
The European Research Council (ERC) awarded Dr. Seraphine Wegner at the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research (MPI-P) an ERC Starting Grant of 1.9 million euros for her project ARTIST. This project on bottom-up tissue engineering wants to control cell-cell interactions with visible light to assemble cells into functional tissues. [more]
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Discovering Secrets of Surfaces at the Science Market

September 19, 2017
At the Science Market (Mainzer Wissenschaftsmarkt) from September 9 to 10, 2017, visitors had the chance to get to know and engage with the researchers of the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research (MPI-P). [more]
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Funding of DFG Collaborative Research Center developing nanomaterials for cancer immunotherapy extended

June 28, 2017
Focus on the development of drug carriers from polymer chemicals for use in biological systems [more]
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Hamburg Science Award 2017 goes to Klaus Müllen and Xinliang Feng

June 26, 2017
Klaus Müllen of Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research (MPI-P) in Mainz and Xinliang Feng of Center for Advancing Electronics Dresden / Technische Universität Dresden have been awarded the Hamburg Science Award 2017, which this year was dedicated to the subject of energy efficiency. The Academy of Sciences and Humanities thus honours the two chemists’ research in the field of graphene research. [more]
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Carl Pölking receives Otto Hahn Medal

June 21, 2017
For his outstanding dissertation "The (Non-) Local Density of States of Excellence in Organic Semiconductors", Dr. Carl Pölking receives the Otto Hahn Medal for the year 2016. The Max Planck Society (MPG) awards the prize to Pölking, who received his PhD at the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research (MPI-P), for his theoretical studies on long-range electrostatic effects in organic semiconductors. The researcher, who has been working at the University of Cambridge since 2016, accepted the award on June 21 at the MPG's annual general meeting in Weimar. [more]
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Tailored tires: elucidating the molecular origin of strain hardening in polymer composites

May 24, 2017
Replacing the trial-and-error approach with a concept to independently tune linear and nonlinear mechanics in polymer composites – polymers with additional filler particles – scientists of the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research (MPI-P) have shown how the amount of fillers sets the strain-hardening properties. The findings allow for a tailored design of materials, for example car tires, as they need to support cyclic and static loads. [more]
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Girls' Day 2017

May 04, 2017
How does a typical day at the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research (MPI-P) look like? What are the scientists, laboratory technicians or engineers currently working on and how did they get into the world of science? 20 high school students between the age of twelve and 15 participated in the Girls' Day at the MPI-P on April 27, 2017 and were eager to get answers to these and many more questions. [more]
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New Max Planck Partner Group strengthens Sino-German collaboration

April 19, 2017
The new partner group was established between the Institute of Fundamental and Frontier Sciences at the University of Electronic Science and Technology (UESTC) in Chengdu, China, and the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research (MPI-P). The start of the collaboration is granted retroactively from February 2017 onwards. [more]
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