Visit of Malu Dreyer
March 22, 2017
The six directors took the opportunity to present the various fields of research and their relevance for the state of Rhineland-Palatine to Mrs. Dreyer. They presented two current projects and visited a laboratory for laser spectroscopy. Here, the scientists use laser beams to measure the structure and activity of proteins at interfaces, for example, between polymer surfaces and aqueous solutions, which are modeled on human blood. The aim is to understand the basics of protein adsorption. This is crucial, for example, in nanomedicine: small particles, so-called nanocarriers, are intended to bring drugs to the diseased parts of the body. In order to do so, it is important that certain proteins from the blood adhere to their surface. This way, the nanocarriers are recognized only by the target cells, which optimizes their effect.