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Rapid conversion of sulfites
Researchers elucidate structure and function of highly active bacterial enzyme
A team of microbiologists from the TU Darmstadt and biochemists from the University of Freiburg, Germany, have jointly succeeded in determining the high-resolution crystal structure of a sulfite-reducing enzyme complex and elucidated details of its molecular reaction mechanism. This research potentially signifies a step forward in the field of biotechnology – tailor-made microorganisms could be utilised in the process of flue-gas desulferization at power plants.
Students from the US experience the assets of TU Darmstadt
The International Research Experience Program (IREP) offers bachelor and master students from partner universities in North America and Australia the opportunity to take part in a three-month research project at an institute or a department of TU Darmstadt. The program comprises language and orientation packages, a scholarship as well as the award of credits. Four students report.
Fine Tuning Your Campaign
Scientists at TU Darmstadt conduct research into crowdfunding
An increasing number of innovative and creative projects are being financed through crowdfunding platforms. Yet which factors are important for a successful crowdfunding campaign? The Software Business & Information Management scientists Ferdinand Thies and Michael Wessel from TU Darmstadt reveal which parameters the creators of crowdfunding campaigns can fine tune to improve their chances of success.
Green meets Nano
TU-Scientists create multifunctional nanotubes using nontoxic materials
A doctoral student in materials science is making multifunctional nanotubes of gold – with the help of vitamin C and other harmless substances. The technique works so well that the scientists now want to manufacture nanotubes from platinum, palladium, and other metals.
MOOC@TU9: Discover Excellence in Engineering
Week 5: Prof. Oliver Gutfleisch about "Magnetic Materials for green technologies"
The alliance of leading Institutes of Technology in Germany (TU9) is launching an online lecture series on October 20, 2014. All nine TU9 Universities are involved in the production of the course which is held in English. The course presents the diversity and perspectives of German engineering studies at the TU9 Universities. It provides a profound insight into the key questions, contents, structures and working methods of various disciplines and courses of study.
Driving by pointing
pieDrive system simplifies controlling the most up-to-date vehicles
An increasing number of assistance systems are being designed to facilitate driving. Things are heading towards automated driving. What role does the person behind the steering wheel play? Scientists at TU Darmstadt have presented “pieDrive”, an interactive operating concept for vehicles of the future.
Fundamentals of physics confirmed
Experiments testing Einstein’s time dilation and quantum electrodynamics
The special theory of relativity of Albert Einstein and quantum electrodynamics, which was formulated by, among others, Richard Feynman, are two important fundaments of modern physics. In cooperation with colleagues from several international universities and institutes, the research group of Professor Wilfried Nörtershäuser (Institute for Nuclear Physics, TU Darmstadt) re-examined these theories in experiments at the GSI Helmholtz Center for Heavy Ion Research.
Innovation secures growth and survival
International scientists at the first „Darmstadt Innovation Summit“
How can one drive innovation forward? Scientists from all over the world will meet on Monday (29.) at the „1. Darmstadt Innovation Summit“ which aligns the research pillars innovation and growth of the TU Darmstadt. Gloria Barczak, professor for marketing at Northeastern University in Boston, gives insight into this topic beforehand.
Microalgae – the factories of the future
TU Darmstadt offers best conditions for algae research
Biology professor Ralf Kaldenhoff is making microalgae fit for industry. The microorganisms could produce a variety of products from carbon dioxide and light.
Accident-free thanks to PRORETA
Third research project on accident-avoiding vehicle concluded
PRORETA 3 is completed after three and a half years of research work: The comprehensive driver assistance and automated maneuver concept supports the driver in keeping the vehicle in a safe driving corridor- with the main aim of preventing accidents. Research results and research vehicle were presented to the public on Thursday (11. September).
The top address for foreign engineers
TU Darmstadt successfully defends 1st place in the Humboldt ranking
Technische Universität Darmstadt remains the most attractive German University for foreign visiting scholars and researchers in the field of engineering science. That much is clear from the current ranking of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation.
Hector is the best rescuer
Rescue robots from TU Darmstadt win RoboCup world championship in Brazil
At this year’s RoboCup, which was held July 19 to 25 in João Pessoa, Brazil, Team Hector of the TU Darmstadt beat the international competition in the RoboCup Rescue League to become world champion for the first time. In addition, the team once again won the prize for the most intelligent robot.
Student dormitory of the future
European Solar Decathlon: TU Darmstadt presents prototype in Versailles
From June 27 to July 14, France is organizing the 2014 European Solar Decathlon. 23 universities are presenting their ideas for buildings that are self-sufficient in terms of power. Technische Universität (TU) Darmstadt, Germany, is taking part with a special contribution that is not in competition: “CUBITY” – the first PlusEnergy student dormitory in the world. After the competition, the dorm is scheduled to be permanently set up on the TU campus.
Clean water for the future
Worldwide first semicentralized Supply and Treatment Center in Qingdao (China)
On the occasion of the „World Horticulture Exposition 2014” (WHE) in Qingdao, China, the Supply and Treatment Center (STC) Qingdao of the project SEMIZENTRAL, will be opened April 27, 2014. It is the worldwide first reference plant following the semicentralized, integrated infrastructure approach. The center will serve approximately 12,000 people.
Quantum physics for more secure communications
Physicists from Darmstadt are perfecting quantum cryptography
One of the recent revelations by Edward Snowden is that the U.S. National Security Agency is currently developing a quantum computer. Physicists aren’t surprised by this news; such a computer could crack the encryption that is commonly used today in no time and would therefore be highly attractive for the NSA.