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  • 2014/09/11

    Microalgae – the factories of the future

    Prof. Ralf Kaldenhoff in seinem Labor. Bild: Katrin Binner

    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.

  • 2014/09/10

    Accident-free thanks to PRORETA

    Blick vom Rücksitz in die Fahrerkabine des PRORETA 3 Forschungsfahrzeugs. Bild: Continental

    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).

  • 2014/08/18

    The top address for foreign engineers

    Prof. Dr. Yanxue Wang. Copyright: Claus Völker

    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.

  • 2014/07/31

    Hector is the best rescuer

    Rettungsroboter Hector in Aktion bei der RoboCup-WM 2014 in Brasilien. Bild: Fachgebiet SIM

    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.

  • 2014/07/08

    Student dormitory of the future

    Prototype of the world's first PlusEnergy student dormitory. Image: Thomas Ott

    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.

  • 2014/04/23

    Clean water for the future

    Animation des Ver- und Entsorgungszentrum (VEZ) Qingdao des Projekts SEMIZENTRAL. Copyright: Tongji Design Institute & Susanna Neunast

    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.

  • 2014/03/12

    Quantum physics for more secure communications

    Prof. Thomas Walter und Doktorandin Sabine Euler. Bild: Katrin Binner

    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.

  • 2014/03/04

    Microwave radar monitors sliding slopes

    Der Hang "Steinlehnen" in Nordtirol, im Vordergrund das Mikrowellenradarsystem in seiner Schutzhütte. Bild: Sabine Rödelsperger / TU Darmstadt

    Geodesists from TU Darmstadt research in the Alps

    If entire mountain slopes start to slide, danger threatens. It is not always easy to predict and monitor these mass movements. In an international project, scientists at the TU Darmstadt combined numerical models with microwave radar systems in Northern Tyrol – with promising results.

  • 2014/02/26

    Teaming up to explore complex wetting

    Führung durch die Labore. (von links): Hans-Jürgen Butt (MPIP), Victoria Dutschk (U. Twente), Tatiana Gambaryan-Roisman (TU Darmstadt), Thodoris Karapantsios (U. Thessaloniki), Giles Crowley (Unilever Research & Development). Foto: Sebastian Keuth

    New EU-funded project CoWet brings together science and industry

    Functional textiles, cosmetics for hair and skin care, or inkjet printing: The research areas of the Marie Curie Training network “Complex Wetting Phenomena” (CoWet) which started January 1st, 2014, are relevant for numerous applications. On February 24-25, 2014, all partners from science and industry met for a joint kick-off.

  • 2014/02/04

    Against thirst and drought in the Mediterranean region

    Ruhige Küste am Mittelmeer. Bild: Patrick Bal

    5.2 million euros for the MARSOL joint TU project

    How can the increasingly scarce resource called water be exploited and used intelligently? A joint project developed and coordinated by the TU Darmstadt is hoping to secure “excess” water and store it in the soil. The EU is funding the recently launched MARSOL project with 5.2 million euros.

  • 2013/12/19

    Fellows of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation

    Wissenschaftler Haibo Zhang an technischen Geräten. Bild: Felipe Fernandes

    International scientific prize winners and scholarship holders of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation are visiting Technische Universität Darmstadt regularly. Here they engage in research and push scientific projects forward. We are glad to introduce our guests and their hosts.

  • 2013/11/19

    The sixth sense in mechanical engineering

    Manuel Ludwig und Matthias Brenneis prüfen die Messdaten der Sensorschraube. Bild: Paul Glogowski

    Researchers at TU Darmstadt invent sensor screw

    An age-old engineering problem: how do you precisely measure the forces that act between two components inside a machine or, for example, on the sail of a boat without drilling holes or sticking on a sensor? Researchers at the Technische Universität Darmstadt have developed a brilliantly simple solution: a screw with an integrated sensor.

  • 2013/10/04

    Constructive conservation: last chance for biodiversity?

    Naturforscher bei der Arbeit im Regenwaldgebirge. Bild: Christopher Kaiser-Bunbury

    Pragmatic approach to saving what can be saved

    How can biodiversity be preserved in a world in which traditional ecosystems are increasingly being displaced by “man-made nature”? Biologists at the TU Darmstadt and ETH Zurich have developed a new concept for conservation measures that incorporates current landscapes formerly considered ecologically “of little value”.

  • 2013/09/06

    Molecular mirror images assigned

    Im Vordergrund ist ein explodierendes Molekül mit Drehsinn zu erkennen. Die großen Kugeln zeigen die Struktur des Moleküls, die kleinen Kugeln stellen die Fragmentierungen nach der Explosion dar. Die Flugrichtung dieser kleinen Teilchen ist durch die Molekülstruktur vorgegeben, so dass die Wissenschaftler sie als Messpunkte verwenden können. Goethe-Universität Frankfurt

    Safer drugs thanks to a new solution to a 150-year-old chemistry problem?

    Just like gloves, molecules come in so-called left-handed and right-handed versions. Until now, however, it could be determined only with great difficulty whether a certain molecule is right-handed or left-handed. In medicine, this would be a big step forward because, for example, the unwanted side effects of drugs could be avoided. In the current issue of the journal Science, a team of researchers from Germany, Canada and Switzerland reports a new solution to a 150-year old problem.

  • 2013/08/01

    Bringing light to a halt

    Blick über den Laser-Aufbau zum Lichtspeicher-Experiment. Im Bild sind Lichtleitfasern zu sehen, die die orange Laserstrahlung an das Experiment (im Hintergrund) führen. Bild: Katrin Binner

    Physicists at the technical university freeze motion of light for a minute

    Physicists in Darmstadt have been able to stop something that has the greatest possible speed and that never really stops: light. The physicists, headed by Thomas Halfmann, stopped light for about one minute. They were also able to save images that were transferred by the light pulse into the crystal for a minute – a million times longer than previously possible.