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  • 2017/03/22

    Imprinting with diamonds

    Konzentrierte Materialwissenschaftler: Dr. Enrico Bruder, Doktorand Paul Braun und Prof. Dr. Karsten Durst (von links). Bild: Katrin Binner

    Research at the TU could give metallic surfaces permanent functionality

    Materials scientists at the TU Darmstadt are imprinting nano-patterns in metals, a technology that could give metallic surfaces permanent functionality, like a lotus effect or reduced frictional properties.

  • 2017/03/15

    Clean carbon capture technology

    Jochen Hilz, Dr.-Ing. Jochen Ströhle, Prof. Dr.-Ing. Bernd Epple (von links) in derCO2-Versuchshalle, in der sich die 1 MW-Versuchsanlage befindet. Bild: Katrin Binner

    Coal-powered power stations are becoming more environmentally friendly

    In the course of Project SCARLET, scientists at the TU Darmstadt have succeeded in developing the so-called Carbonate Looping process for the reduction of CO2 emissions during power plant operations almost to the point of market readiness.

  • 2017/03/14

    Animal poisoners in native forests

    Die Hornmilbe wehrt sich mit Blausäure gegen Fressfeinde. Bild: Edith Stabentheiner, Sylvia Schäffer, Günther Raspotnig, Michael Heethoff

    Oribatid mite uses hydrogen cyanide for defence

    The common oribatid mite species Oribatula tibialis is an extremely clever poisoner, as an interdisciplinary team of researchers under the leadership of the TU Darmstadt has shown and published in the “Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA”. The mite uses hydrogen cyanide to defend itself against predators. This is something of a sensation, because this toxin is not generally present in the arsenal of the 80,000 known species of arachnids.

  • 2017/02/10

    Research Fellows of the Humboldt Foundation at TU Darmstadt

    Dr. Satyanarayan Patel. Photo: Claus Völker

    Introducing: Dr. Satyanarayan Patel

    Satyanarayan Patel from the Indian Institute of Technology Mandi, India is researching in ferroelectric and in piezoelectric materials for energy storage. He is a guest of Professor Jürgen Rödel at the Department of Materials and Earth Sciences.

  • 2017/02/10

    Research Fellows of the Humboldt Foundation at TU Darmstadt

    Dr. Lalitha Kodumudi Venkataraman. Photo: Claus Völker

    Introducing: Dr. Lalitha Kodumudi Venkataraman

    Lalitha Kodumudi Venkataraman from the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India is researching in ferroelectric and piezoelectric materials. She is a guest of Professor Jürgen Rödel at the Department of Materials and Earth Sciences.

  • 2017/02/07

    Research Fellows of the Humboldt Foundation at TU Darmstadt

    Dr. Aditya Bandopadhyay. Photo: Claus Völker

    Introducing: Dr. Aditya Bandopadhyay

    Aditya Bandopadhyay is researching in microfluidics, electrohydrodynamics, reactive flows and transport in porous media. He is a guest of Prof. Dr. Steffen Hardt at the Department of Mechanical Engineering.

  • 2017/02/02

    How breaks in DNA are repaired

    Eine Wissenschaftlerin analysiert mit einem Mikroskop DNA-Schäden. Bild: Monika Steinlage

    New insight is important for cancer research and gene therapy

    The results are significant for gene therapy procedures and for our understanding of cell transformation. A team of researchers from the biology department at TU Darmstadt has discovered that the processes for repairing DNA damage are far more complex than previously assumed.

  • 2017/01/31

    A Helping Hand for the Ecosystem

    Sie erfassen die Besuche von Bestäubern an Pflanzen auf den Inselbergen von Mahé: Christopher Kaiser-Bunbury (links) und sein Team. Bild: Sabrina van de Velde

    Restoration strengthens the resilience and function of pollination networks

    Removing exotic plant species has a much greater impact on ecosystems than previously thought. Pollination processes become more efficient, and the pollination network soon becomes more resilient. These are the findings of a major field study carried out on the Seychelles, details of which biology researchers of the TU Darmstadt are now publishing online, before an article appears in the scientific journal, Nature.

  • 2017/01/23

    Research Fellows of the Humboldt Foundation at TU Darmstadt

    Mirjana Ristic, Ph.D. Photo: Claus Völker

    Introducing: Mirjana Ristic, Ph.D.

    Mirjana Ristic from the University of Melbourne, Australia is researching in architectural and urban studies. She is a guest of Professor Sybille Frank at the Institute of Sociology.

  • 2017/01/16

    Climate-friendly cement substitute

    Zementersatz wird umgefüllt. Bild: Katrin Binner

    Building with concrete is affecting the climate / geopolymers as an alternative

    Researchers at TU Darmstadt are proposing geopolymers as an alternative to cement. These mineral binders are not only more environmentally friendly, they are also more resistant to chemicals and high temperature.

  • 2017/01/05

    Stimuli-responsive polymers

    Dr.-Ing. Markus Gallei und Jun.Prof. Annette Andrieu-Brunsen. Bild: Katrin Binner

    Researches at the Chemistry Department develop intelligent materials

    Two research groups at TU Darmstadt are developing intelligent synthetic materials that respond to external stimuli. Nature is the teacher.

  • 2016/12/22

    Genetic material on offer

    Professor Stefan Katzenbeisser. Bild: Katrin Binner

    Scientists at the TU are developing protection mechanisms for genetic data

    The more we know about our genome data, the better our doctors will be able to treat us in the future. But how can we make use of this sensitive data, without allowing it to be misused? The IT specialists around Stefan Katzenbeisser and Kay Hamacher from the Technische Universität Darmstadt want to encrypt genome data so skilfully that it is still possible to carry out mathematical analyses.

  • 2016/12/19

    For powerful arguments

    Wissenschaftlerinnen und Wissenschaftler am Ubiquitous Knowledge Processing (UKP) Lab der TU Darmstadt. Bild: Sandra Junker

    Research at Ubiquitous Knowlege Processing (UKP) Lab

    There is a sea of information and argumentation on the Internet covering every possible world-shattering subject. The Ubiquitous Knowledge Processing Lab at TU Darmstadt is developing tools for a quality check.

  • 2016/12/16

    Water reuse increases yields

    Joint research project examines a stabilisation pond system in Namibia

    What is a simple way to upgrade wastewater stabilisation pond systems in Africa so that the water can be reused for animal fodder production? Under the direction of Technische Universität Darmstadt, the joint project “EPoNa – upgrading wastewater ponds to generate irrigation water, using the Cuvelai-Etosha basin in Namibia as an example” has been researching into a comprehensive response to this question since the start of September.

  • 2016/11/01

    For they know not what they do

    Forscher-Team mit humanoiden Roboter am Future Innovation Lab der TU Darmstadt. Bild: Moritz Merkle

    A study by TU Darmstadt on the robotisation of office and service professions

    Would humanoid robots equipped with emotional skills be accepted as a colleague in the office or even as a leader in teams? And what activities would service workers leave to robots? The transnational study series “Robots@work4.0” by Prof. Stock-Homburg from TU Darmstadt delivers surprising answers.