News and Press Releases from the Institute

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The secret of the soybean

June 20, 2018
Mainz researchers are investigating oil bodies in soybeans - new applications in food science [more]
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Mainz scientist gets award for her research

June 12, 2018
Johanna Simon receives Reimar Lüst scholarship from the Max Planck Society [more]
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Proteins at Interfaces: New Review

June 04, 2018
In their review about engineering proteins at interfaces, researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research (MPI-P) focus on the most commonly used characterization methods for adsorption processes at planar and curved interfaces. They summarize the main findings of current research in this field, identify the current challenges and discuss possible developments. The article has been published as a review in the renowned scientific journal Angewandte Chemie. [more]
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With tiny particles against major diseases

May 23, 2018
Mainz scientists fight fungal disease on vines with nanotechnology [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]