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Options for the Diesel Engine
Scientists at TU Darmstadt are carrying out research into alternative fuels
Synthetic fuels, such as oxymethylene ether, could prepare Diesel vehicles to play a major role in the drive train mix of tomorrow. Scientists at the TU Darmstadt are carrying out research into the practical viability of alternative fuels.
Gaining knowledge by simplification
Scientists of TU Darmstadt explore strong force
The “strong force” plays a crucial role for the existence of matter in the visible universe. Scientists at TU Darmstadt are carrying out research in that field and recently published their results in “Physical Review Letters”. To describe the processes in the nucleus they used a method of theoretical simplification which might be applicable to heavier nuclei.
Scientists receive research funding from the European Union
Three TU Darmstadt scientists were awarded substantial grants from the European Research Council (ERC) for their excellent projects.
Interaction between atomic nucleus and electron on trial
Precision measurement on heavy ions contradicts theory
For the first time, a team of researchers under the leadership of TU Darmstadt has succeeded in measuring the transition between energy levels of the lithium-like ions of bismuth with such precision that it has become possible to reassess underlying theories. This has led to a surprising result. The scientists have now published this result in “Nature Communications”: the understanding of the interaction between an electron and an atomic nucleus that we have had until now might be erroneous.
TU Darmstadt Robot wins international challenge / 500,000 Euros prize money
Darmstadt, May 12th, 2017. The German-Austrian "Argonauts“-team has won the international ARGOS Challenge for intelligent inspection robots on oil and gas platforms, endowed with prize money of 500,000 Euros. The Argonaut developers, consisting of computer scientists from TU Darmstadt and from the cooperating partner taurob GmbH, a robotics company from Vienna, were able to outperform the strong competitors from Japan, France, Spain and Switzerland after two-and-a-half years of intense work.
A challenging mission for the Argonaut
Robot developed at TU Darmstadt competes in international challenge
A robot, developed at the Department of Computer Science of TU Darmstadt, competes in the final of the international ARGOS Challenge for intelligent inspection robots on oil and gas platforms. In the challenge, the robot “Argonaut” runs against four international teams. The tests – including unannounced tasks and adverse conditions – are fierce. Impressions from the exciting week of the finals in Pau, France.
Read, calculate and observe
Volkswagen Foundation is funding the Digital Literary Studies research group
Professor Thomas Weitin has been at Technische Universität Darmstadt since 2016, and his “Reading at Scale” project examines the best way for people and computers to work together in the analysis of literary texts. His partner in the project, Professor Ulrik Brandes (Universität Konstanz) is an algorithmics and network analysis expert.
Imprinting with diamonds
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.
Clean carbon capture technology
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 CO 2 emissions during power plant operations almost to the point of market readiness.
Animal poisoners in native forests
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.
How breaks in DNA are repaired
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.
A Helping Hand for the Ecosystem
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.
Climate-friendly cement substitute
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.
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.
Genetic material on offer
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.