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Using targeted gamma radiation, researchers at the Institutehave revealed the appearance and the specific role of non-crystalline phases during the formation of mesocrystals. Their findings provide fundamental insights for the controlled development and design of new mesocrystalline materials. more

Soils are the basis of life and climate protectors at the same time - but things are not good for them. Due to overfertilization, deforestation, salinization and overgrazing, nearly two billion hectares of arable and pasture land worldwide are affected by moderate to severe soil degradation. more

As one of three award winners, Markus Antonietti receives the international research prize "Lombardia è Ricerca", endowed with 1,000,000 euros, at La Scala in Milan. The researchers have developed a process for clean energy production using "artificial photosynthesis" modeled on nature. more

Inauguration of the partner group between Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces (MPICI) and  University of Chemistry and Technology (UCT) Prague. Over a period of five years, the Max Planck Society will fund this research group led by Dr. Petra Ménová with a total of 100,000 euros.

Peter Seeberger received 500,000 euros grant from German Federal Ministry of Education and Research for his project proposal "Chemresilience". Now he is developing a viable concept for a new large-scale research center. If successful, the project will receive funding of 1.25 billion euros. more

Researchers at the Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces have developed a sustainable and "smart photocatalyst". As a so-called smart material, it can distinguish between the colors of light (blue, red and green) and, in response, enables a specific chemical reaction programmed into it. more

The German Chemical Society (GDCh) has awarded Max Planck Director Peter H. Seeberger the Emil Fischer Medal, worth 7,500 euros. He receives the prize for his pioneering contributions to the synthesis of complex carbohydrates. more

The members of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, German Research Foundation) elected Max Planck Director Peter H. Seeberger as Vice President. The biochemist will initially serve a four-year term on the Executive Committee of the largest research funding organization and central self-governing body for science and the humanities in Germany. more

Cutanos, a spin-off from the Max Planck Society, is developing novel vaccines and immunotherapies more

Chandradhish Ghosh is the recipient of this year's Hermann Neuhaus Prize of 25,000 euros. He is being honored for his outstanding achievements at the interfaces between basic research and practical application.


An interdisciplinary team presents for the first time a laser-driven technology that enables them to create nanoparticles such as copper, cobalt and nickel oxides. At the usual printing speed, photoelectrodes are produced in this way, for example, for a wide range of applications such as the generation of green hydrogen. more

Chemists have synthesized sugar chains that resemble the envelopes of the four major variations of the bacterium streptococcus suis. An important first step for the development of glycoconjugate vaccines against a pathogen that is a serious problem in pigs. more

Researchers developed a membrane composed of a bundle of nanometer-sized tubes using it as a nanoreactor to convert water marked with methylene blue into clear water in milliseconds using sunlight as a driver. more

This election is “a lifetime appointment” and "the highest honor bestowed on the world's most distinguished chemists". Antonietti is now one of 60 Honorary Fellows, 20 of whom are from Europe and five from Germany. more

Interdisciplinary breast cancer research more

From Research directly into Application more

More Women in Science, please!

February 11, 2021

International Women in Science Day more

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