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  • 2017/06/02

    Gaining knowledge by simplification

    Atomkerne starten von einer einfachen näherungsweisen Darstellung ("leading order (LO)", links) und verschieben sich zu ihren tatsächlichen physikalischen "Plätzen" durch systematische Korrekturen ("next-to-leading order (NLO)" usw.). Bild: König / Hammer

    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.

  • 2017/05/16

    Cool research

    Professor Mikael Hård (Mitte) im Kreis seiner Doktorandinnen und Doktoranden des Projekts „Eine Globalgeschichte der Technik 1850-2000“. Bild: Katrin Binner

    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.

  • 2017/05/16

    Interaction between atomic nucleus and electron on trial

    Künstlerische Darstellung eines Elektrons in Kernnähe im extrem starken magnetischen Feld des Wismut-Atomkerns. Bild: Dr. Wolfgang Geithner, GSI Darmstadt

    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.

  • 2017/05/12

    Phenomenal “Argonaut”

    Team Argonauts bei der Siegerehrung. Bild: Team Argonauts: taurob Gmbh & TU Darmstadt

    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.

  • 2017/04/21

    A challenging mission for the Argonaut

    Der Argonaut. Bild: Natalie Wocko

    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.

  • 2017/04/12

    Research Fellows of the Humboldt Foundation at TU Darmstadt

    Dr. Antonio Caggiano. Photo: Claus Völker

    Introducing: Dr. Antonio Caggiano

    Antonio Caggiano is researching from construction materials to applied computer science. He is a guest of Prof. Dr. Eddie Koenders at the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

  • 2017/04/03

    Read, calculate and observe

    Professor Thomas Weitin leitet das Darmstädter LitLab an der TU Darmstadt. Dort werden die Textkorpora des Projekts „Reading at Scale“ aufbereitet und digital analysiert. Bild: Katrin Binner

    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.

  • 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.