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  • 2015/05/07

    Better Quality of Life in Megacities

    Im April 2014 wurde in Qingdao, China die weltweit erste Referenzanlage eines semizentralen „Resource Recovery Center“ eröffnet. Bild: Cosalux und Susanna Neunast

    SEMIZENTRAL Project Receives GreenTec Award 2015

    SEMIZENTRAL, an international research project that is anchored at the TU Darmstadt, has received one of the GreenTec 2015 awards. Dr. Susanne Bieker’s team (at the Chair headed by Prof. Peter Cornel) was awarded the prize in the category “Urbanization” because it has made an impressive contribution to improving the quality of life in megacities.

  • 2015/03/31

    New pathways into the cell

    Symbolbild: Mit Hilfe zelldurchdringender Peptide Wirkstoffe in Zellen bringen. Bild: Sandra Junker

    Scientists gain fundamental insights into drug delivery processes

    Chemists, biologists and pharmacologists deal with the question of how complex active substances can be introduced into cells such that they are rapidly and easily available. Building on earlier research, interdisciplinary teams of scientists, with biology Professor M. Cristina Cardoso (TU Darmstadt), physics Professors Henry D. Herce (RPI, NY, USA and TU Darmstadt) and Angel E. Garcia (RPI, NY, USA), and chemistry Professor Christian P. R. Hackenberger (FMP, Berlin), have made some important advancements.

  • 2015/03/23

    Acoustics at Runway West

    TaxiBot schleppt Flugzeug. Bild: Lufthansa LEOS

    A research team is working on electrifying processes on the runway

    Manoeuvring aircraft on the ground in an environmentally-friendly and fuel-efficient manner – that is the aim of the project Airport eMove. Operating noise could also be significantly reduced.

  • 2015/03/17

    Active participation in fire safety

    Wissenschaftler tragen 3D-Brillen und schauen auf eine Gebäudesimulation auf einer Leinwand. Bild: Katrin Binner

    Building information models, indoor navigation systems and serious games

    They can help fire fighters orientate themselves more quickly in fires and practice for emergency situations more realistically: scientists supply the digital technology, as well as building simulations.

  • 2015/03/10

    Great conditions: beneath palm trees

    Drei Coco de Mer (Lodoicea maldivica) Nüsse an einem weiblichen Fruchtstand. Die Nüsse benötigen bis zu 7 Jahre zur Reifung. Bild: Dennis Hansen

    Coco de mer performs “parental care” and modifies its habitat

    Can plants take care of their offspring? A TU Darmstadt scientist has found that they can. The coco de mer palm manages to modify its extremely barren habitat in the Seychelles in such a manner that it produces the largest fruits of all plants, optimally supplying its offshoots and even protecting them from competition.

  • 2015/03/05

    Climate Change under Satellite Observation

     Dr.-Ing. Luciana Fenoglio-Marc sitzt in einem Raum, der mit Karten und Satelliten geschmückt ist. Bild: Katrin Binner

    Scientist from the TU Darmstadt investigates changing sea levels

    The sea level has been rising by an average of 3.1 millimetres a year since 1993. Long-term measurements recorded since the start of the 20th century indicate an acceleration in the averaged sea level change. Coastal flooding and land loss are just some of the severe consequences. Geodesist Dr.-Ing. Luciana Fenoglio-Marc, is currently using satellite data to analyse sea level change and its causes.

  • 2015/02/03

    Rapid conversion of sulfites

    Prof. Jörg Simon und Dr. Melanie Kern. Bild: Katrin Binner

    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.

  • 2015/01/16

    “Fantastic Support”

    Rajarshi Biswas. Bild: Sandra Junker

    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.

  • 2014/12/04

    Fine Tuning Your Campaign

    Trend Crowdfunding: Welche Faktoren sind für eine erfolgreiche Kampagne wichtig? Bild: Patrick Bal

    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.

  • 2014/12/02

    Green meets Nano

    From left: Professor Wolfgang Ensinger, Eva-Maria Felix, Dr. Falk Münch. Image: Sandra Junker

    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.

  • 2014/11/17

    MOOC@TU9: Discover Excellence in Engineering

    Eine Studentin sitzt mit Kopfhörern vor ihrem Laptop. Bild: Katrin Binner

    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.

  • 2014/10/06

    Driving by pointing

    Test im Fahrsimulator: Michaela Kauer und Benjamin Franz haben "pieDrive" am Institut für Arbeitswissenschaft entwickelt. Bild: Paul Glogowski

    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.

  • 2014/09/26

    Fundamentals of physics confirmed

    Speicherring ESR (ExperimentierSpeicherRing) am GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung. Bild: GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung / A. Zschau

    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.

  • 2014/09/25

    Innovation secures growth and survival

    Das Modell einer Rakete vor blauem Himmel. Bild: Katrin Binner

    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.

  • 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.