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Exciting short talks by female researchers - easy to understand, free of charge and open air - will be held on September 19, 2020, between 2 and 5 p.m. on Washingtonplatz at Berlin central station. more

Scientists at the Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces in Potsdam have developed a green and sustainable approach for selective p-xylene synthesis more

A team that is researching new concepts for biomaterials at the Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces in Potsdam won second prize of the Die Junge Akademie’s 2020 ideas competition in the category "Visions" more

Chemists at the Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces in Potsdam are developing improved methods for coupling reactions with light by targeted control of the catalyst activity. more

Mapping sugar

July 01, 2020

A new technique makes it possible to image the spatial structure of polysaccharides using a scanning tunnelling microscope more

Scientists are developing a procedure whereby vaccines can be absorbed through the skin more

Chemists at the Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces (Potsdam, Germany) have set a milestone by preparing the two largest carbohydrates ever assembled. Using an Automated Glycan Assembly (AGA) instrument originally developed at the institute they prepared a linear 100-mer and achieved the completion of a 151-mer multiply branched polysaccharide. Preparing defined polysaccharides provides the basis to understand how these ubiquitous biopolymers serve their roles as materials. more

Plants suck water from the soil by means of negative pressure. So far, it has been an unsolved mystery why the pressure value does not fall below about -100 bar. An interdisciplinary and international research group has now shown, using atomistic simulations and model calculations, that this is apparently due to the so-called lipid aggregates that are contained in the plant sap. The modeling shows that their presence leads to the formation of growing cavities in the water column if the negative pressure is too strong. The limited suction power affects how plants can get water from drying soil. more

The Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces, Potsdam (Germany) will collaborate with ArtemiLife Inc., a US based company and medical researchers in Denmark and Germany to test Artemisia annua plant extract and artemisinin derivatives in laboratory cell studies against the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19). more

Research Council ERC awards grants of up to 2.5 million euros each more

The Materials Chemist Markus Antonietti of the Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces in Potsdam-Golm received the rare distinction of an ERC Advanced Grant. In his case, he got the prize now for the second time for different research projects. more

A new automated, remotely accessible platform allows single- and multistep synthesis without requiring physical manipulation of the instrument between processes. Max-Planck Institute scientists in Germany achieve breakthrough more

Researchers find smart bones curve to protect against fracture more

Bacterium makes complex loops

February 24, 2020

Research team analyses flagellar locomotion more

Max Planck scientists uncover a novel and generic mechanism for the division of artificial cells into two daughter cells. more

Let’s build a cell

January 23, 2020

Dresden and Potsdam researchers engineer a minimal synthetic cellular system to study basic cell function more

The German Research Foundation (DFG) funds a new Emmy Noether junior research group within the Colloid Chemistry department at the Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces in Potsdam. more

Diagnostics for everyone

October 14, 2019

Researchers from the Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces in Potsdam present a cost-effective machine for the production of microarrays. These are indispensable for the research of new vaccines. more

Tacalyx, a spin-out of the MPI of Colloids and Interfaces, will use the proceeds to advance its discovery plattform, progress obtained leads towards candidate selection and start its preclinical development. more

"Form is function"

September 11, 2019

Liquid-like tissue behavior is a key principle for the formation of structures in biological systems. more

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