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  • 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

    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.

  • 2013/07/22

    Moving towards electronically active threads

    Prof. Heinz von Seggern und Tobias Könyves-Toth blicken in eine Maschine. Bild: Katrin Binner

    Scientists at the TU Darmstadt are coating fibres with organic semiconductors

    We are just starting to develop smart textiles. So far the problem has always been that it was not possible to apply the electronic components, called organic semiconductors, to three-dimensional structures such as fibres in a reproducible way. But now Darmstadt’s material scientists have developed a machine with which electronically active materials can be vacuum deposited onto threads.

  • 2013/06/17

    “Autonomous sensors are the wave of the future”

    Prof. Dr.-Ing. Abdelhak Zoubir (right), and Prof. Dr.-Ing. Marius Pesavento. Picture: Katrin Binner

    A conversation about future sensors and the vision of a “smart city”

    Abdelhak Zoubir, spokesman of the LOEWE priority program Cocoon, and Marius Pesavento, head of the Communication Systems Group, conduct research and teach at TU Darmstadt’s Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology.

  • 2013/06/17

    Hunting for the Multitalent Sensor

    The sensor lab at work: Matthias Schulz, Professor Matthias Hollick, and Adrian Loch (from left to right) discuss the extension of the WARP test platform. Picture: Katrin Binner

    Sensor has to decide which paths are used for transmitting data

    Sensors are expected to be major players in the mobile communications networks of the future. Scientists at TU Darmstadt, together with colleagues at the University of Kassel, are seeking to endow these tiny devices with more robust features.

  • 2013/06/05

    Flexible for research

    Prof. Dr. Christian Bischof, head of the university computer center, shows the new Lichtenberg-high-performance computer of the TU Darmstadt. Picture: Jan Ehlers

    Darmstadt University inaugurates pioneering high-performance computer

    The Technical University Darmstadt has officially inaugurated its new “Lichtenberg” high performance computer. In a new building on the “Lichtwiese Campus” the computer will solve problems in a few hours, for which a normal office computer would take months or more, if he could cope with it at all.