News and Press Releases from the Institute

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Graphene enables clock rates in the terahertz range

September 10, 2018
Researchers pave the way for graphene-based nanoelectronics of the future [more]
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Yogurt with dandelions? Stirred and shaken!

August 31, 2018
Scientists at the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research investigate the structure of inulin [more]
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What happens in a solar cell when the lights go out?

July 25, 2018
Mainz researchers reveal slow processes in novel perovskite solar cells. [more]
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Targeting headaches and tumors with nano-submarines

July 19, 2018
New method of transporting drugs published in Nature Nanotechnology [more]
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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]