Dear reader,

in the current issue of hoch³ FORSCHEN – the science quarterly – you´ll find the following topics:

Deep knowledge of water quality
Desalinated seawater can easily be stored underground. However, toxic by-products occur during infiltration. And these are something Professor Christoph Schüth and his team are taking a closer look at. Their aim: to have the best-quality drinking water for arid areas.

Teaching in pace with the times
Digitalisation is fundamentally changing the working world, and also presents vocational colleges with new challenges. Educators in the didactics of technology at the TU Darmstadt are supporting them on their path into the future.

Foams, gels, thin films
Regine von Klitzing‘s research objects are neither clearly liquid nor clearly solid, but a mixture of the two. The physics professor and her team want to develop functional coatings and „switchable“ foams from this „soft material“.

Hope in the battle against common diseases
A team led by biochemistry professor Felix Hausch is working on substances that offer a new approach to treat three widespread diseases: depression, chronic pain and obesity. Initial studies are highly promising, but there‘s still some way to go until the drug is ready for the market.

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hoch3 FORSCHEN (English) 1/2018