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Mina Aleksanyan and Agustín Mangiarotti recording the membrane response at the confocal microscope

Imagine switching on a light and being able to understand and control the inner dynamics of a cell. This is what the Dimova group has achieved: by shining lights of different colors on replicates of cells, they altered the interactions between cellular elements. Controlling these complex interactions enables us to deliver specific drugs directly into the cells. more

Toward sugar origami

Researchers at the MPICI have designed a carbohydrate sequence capable of folding into a stable secondary structure. Until now, such self-folding biopolymers had only been developed for DNA and proteins, and sugars were previously considered too flexible to assume a stable conformation. more

Otto Hahn Medal for Dr. Susanne Reischauer

At its annual meeting in Göttingen, the Max Planck Society awarded the Otto Hahn Medal 2022 to the young scientist Dr Susanne Reischauer. The prize is awarded for outstanding scientific achievements during doctoral studies.

Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces celebrates its anniversary

The MPICI celebrated its 30th anniversary. After greetings from politicians and scientists, the guests looked back on the past three decades, during which the MPICI has developed into one of the world's leading basic research institutions with a staff of around 300. more

Anti-counterfeiting fluorescent marker developed

A method has been developed that could make it harder to counterfeit products in the future. The new and patented process makes it possible to produce unique, non-copiable fluorescent patterns quickly, environmentally friendly and at low cost. more

When a membrane meets a droplet

Little is known yet about the interaction between these biomolecular condensate droplets and the membrane-bound organelles. Researchers at the Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces in Potsdam developed synthetic membraneless organelles and visualized what happens when they meet a membrane. more

Rethinking a waste product of the timber processing industry

Team 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, e.g., 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

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