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12-10-2020 Dr. Steffen Mühle receives Jan-Peter-Toennies Prize 2020

This year's Jan Peter Toennies Prize in the amount of 1000 € is awarded by the Faculty of Physics of the University of Göttingen to Dr. Steffen Mühle for his outstanding doctoral thesis. "We have developed a method that allows the quantitative determination of mechanical and hydrodynamic properties of individual proteins and their amino acids. Using modern fluorescence microscopy, we measured the nanoscale dynamics of disordered proteins experimentally, and efficiently interpreted the measured data by combining polymer theory and physical simulations. In addition to the above-mentioned material properties, new insights into the motional sequences of the few nanometer long molecule could be gained. In the future, proteins can thus be systematically investigated physically from new perspectives, which contributes to understanding biological processes on the nanoscale," says Steffen Mühle.

Biofuel, drug substance or glue: green algae are a promising model organism. A research team at the MPI for Dynamics and Self-Organization has deciphered interesting properties of the small unicellular organism (article in German). more

07-01-2020 Oliver Bäumchen accepts a call to the University of Bayreuth

Our group leader Oliver Bäumchen has accepted a call to the University of Bayreuth for a W3 professorship in experimental physics and has been appointed university professor as of October 1, 2020. With his group "Dynamics of fluid and biological interfaces" (https://www.ds.mpg.de/en/dcf/baeumchen) he has investigated the physical properties of motile cells in detail in recent years and has discovered novel, previously unknown effects especially in the microalgae Chlamydomonas reinhardtii. We congratulate Oliver on his new position!

Imagine a bus picking you up right where you are and taking you to your desired destination. What sounds elaborate and uneconomical is achieved by the EcoBus ride-pooling system, which we developed in theory. In the meantime, it has also proven itself in initial practical tests and could thus help to solve our mobility problems (article in German). more

20-05-19 Max Planck Partner Group in India extended

The Max Planck Partner Group of our alumni doctoral candidate Shashi Thutupalli has been extended for another 2 years. The cooperation with the Indian National Centre for Biological Sciences in Bangalore on the functionality of biological cells, which has been successful since 2017, is supported by the Max Planck Society until March 2022.

20-04-13 "Flexa for Heroes" starts in Leipzig

Flexa in Leipzig, the intermodal ride-pooling service with four minibuses, is currently a problematic concept due to contact restrictions. Since April, Flexa has therefore only been operating for hospital staff, but with a greatly expanded fleet (up to 19 vehicles) and throughout the entire Leipzig city area. This transport service, which was set up for the Corona period and mainly serves the night hours when no other public transport is operating, is appropriately named "Flexa for Heroes".

20-03-23 Otto Hahn Medal 2020 for Fabian Jan Schwarzendahl

Congratulations to Fabian Schwarzendahl on the award of the Otto Hahn Medal 2020, which will be presented in recognition of his outstanding scientific achievements in the field of "Collective microswimmer motility in complex environments".
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