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News from our Campus and about our Research - N° 4 - March 2015

© TU Berlin/PR/Ulrich Dahl

The President's Editorial

Dear Sir or Madam, dear Alumni of TU Berlin,

Through NewsFlash we wish in a clear and informative way to keep you up to date with important news and developments at our university. Here, I would like to introduce to our alumni who work at universities and research institutions in Germany and around the globe some of the challenges that we are currently facing.

In research we are working to consolidate the results of the Excellence Initiative by the German Federal Government and the Federal States. In the last year, as one success in this endeavor, the first Einstein Center for Mathematics Berlin, the 'ECMath', was approved. The center is a new platform for the former German Research Foundation center 'MATHEON', the Berlin Mathematical School, and the German Center for Mathematics Teacher Education (DZLM). At the same time, the application for a further Einstein Center, which is supposed to succeed the 'UniCat' cluster of excellence, has been submitted. Furthermore, the next round of the Excellence Initiative 2017 is being prepared meticulously. In addition to research, the focus will also be on teaching and our international competitiveness.

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Research News

The Stuff That Surprises Are Made Of

TU Berlin scientists decode new properties of graphene

Among scientists, graphene has long been regarded as a material with a promising future. Florian Wendler, Ermin Malic and Andreas Knorr of TU Berlin's Institute of Theoretical Physics, in cooperation with scientists from the Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf (Martin Mittendorff, Stephan Winnerl and Manfred Helm), have achieved a breakthrough in researching the properties of this 'magic material'


Accident Blackspot: Turning

Visual obstructions are one of the most serious accident risks

A comprehensive study by the Working Group for Street Planning and Operation, which is headed by Professor Dr. Thomas Richter and belongs to TU Berlin's Institute of Surface Transport (Institut für Land und Seeverkehr – ILS), has investigated accidents between right-turning cars and bicycles going straight ahead. Commissioned by the German Insurers Accident Research (UDV), the scientists are now drawing up general recommendations from the findings.


Unimagined Diversity of Shapes

For the first time, free nanoparticles were imaged in free flight and 3D

Cooperation between scientists at TU Berlin, the University of Rostock, the US-based SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, and the DESY (German Electron Synchrotron), Hamburg, in using an X-ray laser to image silver nanoparticles in free flight has led to the discovery of an unexpected diversity of geometrical shapes.



1.5 Million Euros for Professor Dr. Shigeyoshi Inoue

Funded by an ERC Starting Grant, Professor Dr. Shigeyoshi Inoue is carrying out research on silicon in order to make it usable for building catalysts.


New Antibiotics on the Horizon

Scientists from TU Berlin and the CIRAD Institute in Montpellier have elucidated the structure of albicidin, a highly potent antibiotic and pathogenicity factor.


Internationally Influential Scientists

In their respective fields of research, TU Berlin's Professor Dr. Guiseppe Caire and Professor Dr. Thomas Wiegand rank among the world's most frequently cited scientists.


Milestone in Catalysis Research

Chemists at TU Berlin have elucidated the atomic growth processes of platinum-nickel octahedron particles. A paper on this work by a research team led by Professor Dr. Peter Strasser was published in the scientific journal Science on 19 December 2014.


Robot Hands With Feeling

With its innovative approach to designing soft robot hands the 'SOMA' project of TU Berlin's Faculty IV has successfully received funding from the European Commission's Horizon 2020 program.


European Commission's Horizon 2020 Program Supports 'Film265'

Funding for the further development of efficient software for the transmission of large data volumes has been secured for another four years from the European Commission's Horizon 2020 program.


High Honor for TU Berlin's Professor Schwarz

The WATOC Schrödinger medal 2015 has been awarded to Professor Dr. Drs. h.c. Helmut Schwarz of TU Berlin's Institute of Chemistry, who is also the President of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation.

Hydrogen Source on Trial

For the first time, a demonstration reactor developed by Professor Dr. Reinhard Schomäcker's research group at TU Berlin's Institute of Chemistry is proving its functionality under real-life conditions. The photoreactor with a solar-radiation surface of one square meter generates an astonishingly large amount of hydrogen.




Prof. Dr. Christian Thomsen, President of the TU Berlin
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Editorial Staff: Stefanie Terp, (Editor in Chief), Katharina Jung, Christiane Petersen
Translation: Jennifer Feldman
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