BrightnESS-2: MLZ participates in European neutron science project

The Heinz Maier-Leibnitz Zentrum (MLZ) is one of 14 international research organisations participating in a European neutron science project bringing together a neutron ecosystem for sustainable science with ESS (BrightnESS-2). The three-year programme funded by the EU Research and Innovation programme Horizon 2020 started with its kick-off...[more]


August Föppl-Medal for Jens Krüger

Jens Krüger, head of the instrument control group at the Heinz Maier-Leibnitz Zentrum and instructor at the Technical University of Munich (TUM), was awarded the August Föppl-Medal during the dies academicus for his extraordinary work as a trainer.[more]


Improved Membranes for Platinum-free Fuel Cells

Scientists from Jülich together with colleagues from Japan have discovered how fuel cell membranes can be improved without the use of rare and expensive precious metals such as platinum. The anion-exchange membranes studied are a key component of certain polymer electrolyte fuel cells and serve to transfer charged particles (anions) while at the...[more]


Transport and storage cask for fuel elements approved

The Federal Office for the Safety of Nuclear Waste Management (BfE) granted the transport approval certificate for the transport and storage cask CASTOR® MTR3 on 17 January 2019. The cask has been specifically designed by GNS Gesellschaft für Nuklear-Service mbH for spent fuel elements from research reactors. The cask will initially be used for...[more]


Research at high pressure reveals details on phase transition

Unlike ice and other inorganic substances, most polymers do not show sharp phase transitions. Instead of melting at a well defined temperature, they gradually soften without significantly changing their microscopic structure. Yet some so-called thermoresponsive polymers show a drastic and discontinuous phase transition with rapid structural...[more]


Materials research: Oxide ceramics with reversible properties

A new approach to achieving targeted and at the same time reversible material design using oxygen has now been presented by scientists at Forschungszentrum Jülich. The ceramic material they examined at the MLZ-instrument MARIA is able to absorb, store and release oxygen, in the same manner as a sponge does with water.[more]


MaMaSELF: International students visit the FRM II

Apply now for the ERASMUS Mundus programme MaMaSELF (Master in Materials Science for Energy application and use of Large Scale Facilities). The deadlines are February 10th 2019 for Non-European students, March 24th 2019 for European students, and May 15th 2019 for self-funded students. [more]


Festive Greetings and a Happy New Year

We wish you a merry Christmas and a happy, healthy New Year 2019!


Preventing Clumping: How to Keep Proteins Active

Small angle neutron scattering at KWS-1 has enabled scientists of Forschungszentrum Jülich and the University College London to look at the arrangement of proteins inside nanocavities. They showed for the first time, that the molecules do not clump despite limited space and even found the reasons for this behaviour.[more]


Trapped antimatter

For the first time, scientists of the Technical University of Munich (TUM) and the Max Planck Institute for Plasma Physics (IPP) have trapped positrons in a magnetic cage without losses. This is an important step towards a matter-antimatter plasma of electrons and their antiparticles, the positrons, which are assumed to occur in the vicinity of...[more]

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