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Just a spoonful of sugar: Peter Seeberger has founded nine start-ups to date. With these companies, the Director of the Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces in Potsdam wants to put the results of his basic research into practice. One goal is to introduce sugar-based vaccines against multi-resistant bacteria. more
The beginnings of the biobattery: The energy supply of the future has a storage problem.The ability to store surplus power from wind turbines and solar panels for times when it is in short supply relies on powerful batteries and capacitors, which should be made of materials that are as non-toxic and sustainable as possible. more
Material mix from the food processor
Valerio Molinari and his team at the Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces in Potsdam have equipped their laboratory with a pasta machine, pizza oven and mixer. What‘s more, the scientists often use waste from the forestry or food industries in  their experiments. more
Self-healing seed pods
In plants of the Australian genus Banksia,  
special waxes seal small fissures in the fruit wall more
How cells get their shape
Some time around four billion years ago, life started to become encapsulated. The first cells emerged – protected spaces that facilitated the bonding of complex molecules. more
Fibers Spun from Slime
Under the influence of shear forces, nanoparticles from the secretion of velvet worms form stiff polymer threads that can be recycled in water more
Deceptive Teeth
Although the jaws of the wedgefish are designed only
to crush shellfish, it also eats stingrays
Drugs for Developing Nations
Process for cost-effective production of pharmaceutical ingredients licensed
Green Chemistry from the Mussel Foot
The chemical industry can learn a lot from the common mussel. Not only is the mollusk’s mother of pearl remarkably tough, but the byssal threads with which it clings to the seafloor are also particularly tear-resistant, and their ends adhere under water better than any other material. Furthermore, the way in which the mussel spins the complex threads in its foot could serve as a blueprint for an environmentally friendly production process for synthetic composite materials.
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Actuators That Mimic Ice Plants [more]
Customized Carbon [more]
Sweet Vaccines on Track for Application [more]
Customized Carbon [more]
An Incisive Bite [more]
Monorhaphis chuni produces a spicule with a perfect periodic
arrangement of nanopores [more]
A Prescription for New Drugs [more]
A Quick Test for the Black Death [more]
More than Just Sweet [more]
Bone Scaffold Covers All Angles [more]
Celebration of superlatives delights over 320,000 visitors in Essen [more]
Building Blocks for Nanotransporters [more]
The Incisive Design of the Spider Claw [more]
Microlenses - Formed Naturally [more]
Origami on a Seed Capsule [more]
Mussel Plastic [more]
A Spray to Replace Injections [more]
Turning Over a New Leaf [more]
Magnets - Made by Microbes [more]
Firm Footing for Mussels [more]
The Lessons of Nature [more]
A Powder to Prevent Energy Waste [more]
We’re making biocoal economically viable [more]
The Miracle of Space in the Tank [more]
Made-to-Measure Sugar Chains [more]
A Water-Splitter in a Double Role [more]
Max Planck Research Prize for Peter Fratzl [more]
Trees Flex Their Muscles [more]
Strength through Gel [more]
Magic Coal - Cooking Again [more]
Magic Coal from the Steam Cooker [more]
Mother of Pearl's Strength Shines Through [more]
Secrets of the Venus' Flower Basket [more]
Synergy Ensures Energy [more]
The Bones of the Matter [more]
Personal Portrait Dirk G. Kurth [more]
Changing Tracks on the Molecular Rail Network [more]
Cells Like It Soft [more]
Hard Work on Soft Matter [more]
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