In Memory of Otto Schärpf, SJ

On 13 June 2019 Prof. Dr. Otto Schärpf, a gifted experimental physicist, universal scholar and priest in the Jesuit Order, passed away at the age of 89. In the community of neutron scatterers he gained international fame as a pioneer of polarization analysis. Since 1991 he was a member of the European Academy of Sciences and Arts.[more]


From Garching to Sweden: 15 million euros for the construction of measuring instruments at the European neutron source

The Technical University of Munich (TUM) is participating in the construction of two measuring instruments at the European Spallation Neutron Source (ESS) in Sweden. The Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) is funding this project, with material and human resources, to the tune of around 15 million euros. Now the people responsible at...[more]


Measure faster, higher and hotter: 13 million euros for research with neutrons and positrons

The Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) is funding 16 projects at the Heinz Maier-Leibnitz Zentrum (MLZ) with around 13 million euros. The funding is awarded for joint research projects that will construct and expand measuring instruments for neutron and positron research over a period of three years. [more]


Working together on the path to conversion

Technische Universität München as operator of the neutron source Heinz Maier-Leibnitz (FRM II) actively participates in international fuel research with the aim to develop new nuclear fuels with lower enrichment and increased uranium density for high performance research reactors such as the FRM II. The working group “High density fuels” works on...[more]


Discussion meeting on the new water rights application of the TUM

The two TUM institutes, Forschungs-Neutronenquelle Heinz Maier-Leibnitz (FRM II) and Radiochemie München (RCM), have applied to the District Office of Munich for a higher water law permit. In a public hearing on 23 July 2019 in the Ismaninger Bürgersaal, objectors and affected parties were able to express their concerns and discuss them openly...[more]


Open letter of the KFN on the use of FRM II

A scientist prepares his instrument for the neutron measurements.

The elected representation of neutron researchers in Germany (German Committee Research with Neutrons, KFN) descibes the importance of neutron research at FRM II for the whole society in an open letter. It asks for a quick solution of the present transport problem to allow the use of FRM II, which will be the only neutron source in Germany.


Spraying nanopaper

With a new spray coating process, very uniform layers of cellulose nanofibers (CNF) can be produced on an industrial scale. X-ray investigations at DESY as well as investigations with an atomic force microscope and neutron scattering at the MLZ, show how the layer is structured and can be tailored for different purposes. A Swedish-German research...[more]


Roadmap for the MLZ

At this year's internal workshop in Grainau, the focus was on an extensive exchange with colleagues on the future perspectives and strategies of the MLZ. The conference was also characterised by a broad spectrum of exciting lectures and discussions. The picturesque surroundings invited to excursions and sportive hikes.[more]


What makes an Argentinean come to Garching?

An exciting research question, a highly regarded fellowship, some very cool neutrons, and of course the prospect of a big mug of German beer. This is what drove Dr. Sergio Raul Soria from his study site in Bariloche, Argentina, to the MLZ in Garching. [more]


Bad times for truffle counterfeiters: Neutrons detect trace elements in popular edible mushrooms

Truffles are among the most expensive foodstuffs worldwide. One kilogram of white truffles from Italy can be sold for as high as 9,000 euros. Until now, it was not possible to verify the origin of this exquisite edible mushrooms with absolute certainty. However, scientists at the research neutron source Heinz Maier-Leibnitz (FRM II) of the...[more]

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