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Rethinking a waste product of the timber processing industry

Interdisciplinary team of researchers has investigated how the natural properties of native tree bark can be used to create a standardized product for long-term use without the addition of adhesives. They have created bark panels by peeling and drying via hot pressing, which could be used in interior design or furniture and packaging, for example, through industrial production. more

Second funding period for Lukas Zeininger's Emmy Noether project

The German Research Foundation is supporting the research on novel artificially intelligent emulsion systems in Dr. Lukas Zeininger's Emmy Noether Junior Research Group for another three years with additional funding of about one million euros. more

Change of Managing Director

Change of Managing Director

January 01, 2023

In accordance with the rotation principle, chemist Professor Markus Antonietti will hold the position as Managing Director at the Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces (MPICI) for two years, starting on January 1, 2023. He replaces the physicist Professor Peter Fratzl. more

Silvia Vignolini appointed as new and first female Director of MPICI

Prof Silvia Vignolini, Ph.D. is establishing the new Department "Sustainable and Bio-inspired Materials". She is working at the interface of physics, chemistry, biology and materials science and perfectly complements the institute's profile of research on chemistry, materials and sustainability. more

ERC Starting Grant goes to Max Planck chemist

Dr. Martina Delbianco was selected to receive a grant of 1.5 million euros from the European Research Council (ERC). Over a period of five years, the EU will fund the development of programmable carbohydrate architectures, which in the long term may result in the creation of new materials from sugar. more

Peter Fratzl elected to Chinese Chemical Society

Prof. Dr. Peter Fratzl has been appointed honorary life member by the Chinese Chemical Society (CCS). The CCS describes this nomination as "the highest honor bestowed on the world's most distinguished chemists and materials scientists". more

First online database on photocharged materials developed

Aleksandr Savateev has developed a unique online database. To do so, he has analyzed and standardized research data from 300 papers published over the past forty years in the field of photocharged semiconductors. more

Center for the Transformation of Chemistry (CTC) to become new major research center in the Central German Mining District

Concept initiated by Potsdam's Max Planck Institute wins federal and state competition for 1.25 billion euros in funding more

Max Planck Director Peter H. Seeberger receives honorary doctorate

Peter H. Seeberger received an honorary doctorate from the UCTechnology in Prague on September 23. The ceremony took place during the University’s 70th anniversary at the Strahov Monastery. more

Founding director Reinhard Lipowsky was granted emeritus status

The ceremonial farewell of Reinhard Lipowsky as director of the Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces (MPICI) has taken place today during the "Biomembrane Days" conference. more

Heading for automated drug synthesis

Within the next six months, the chemists Professor Peter H. Seeberger and Professor Andrei K. Yudin will conduct joint research on the automated synthesis of highly active substances. more

Natural super glue from mistletoe berries

Researchers discovered strong adhesive properties of white-berry mistletoe. Its flexible fibers adhere to both skin and cartilage as well as to various synthetic materials and could find application in many fields, such as wound sealant in biomedicine. more

839,000 euros to overcome the limits of photocatalysis

Group Leader Dr. Bartholomäus Pieber is receiving a grant from the Boehringer Ingelheim Foundation for research into novel ways of using light to synthesize important chemicals. more

Black and white image showing a bundle of collagen fibres running horizontally. The very small deposits of nanoparticles can be seen on the collagen fibres.

Incorporating various minerals in collagen puts these composite materials under stress and makes them particularly hard and strong more

Max Planck Researchers Discover Why Tendons Are Strong as Wire Ropes

Researchers have discovered new properties of collagen: During the intercalation of minerals in collagen fibers, a contraction tension is generated that is hundreds of times stronger than muscle strength. more

Potsdam participation in international research collaboration

On February 3, the virtual inauguration of the first Max Planck Center on the Australian continent will take place. At the MPQC, project teams will explore biological materials known as extracellular matrices. more

Max Planck Director elected as AAAS Fellow

The AAAS, the world’s largest general scientific society and publisher of the Science family of journals, has elected Prof. Peter H. Seeberger from Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces to the newest class of AAAS Fellows. more

Gamma radiation helps to understand the mesocrystal formation

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

Artificial humic matter: a salvation for our soils

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

Big award for the development of artificial photosynthesis

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

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