Heinz Maier-Leibnitz (FRM II)


Anyone who has seen the research neutron source FRM II knows that large machines and complex measuring instruments work here alongside the scientists who built them. A few hundred meters away from the large instruments, in a cube-shaped building, in a small office on the third floor, an ordinary 3D printer hums away.

The final stage for each fuel element at the Research Neutron Source Heinz Maier-Leibnitz (FRM II) is the storage pool. Here it waits several years before its onward transport. Taking advantage of this, one research team is using the remaining energy for valuable studies. For instance, they are examining salt crystals for the final disposal of radioactive waste – and…

Smart molecules can change their shape and properties depending on temperature or other parameters such as macromolecular architecture. In pharmaceutic applications, they release active ingredients in a targeted manner at the desired locations. Neutrons at the MLZ reveal these nanostructures and help specifically design new molecules with desired properties.

Neutron researchers from France and Germany have started a close collaboration with the International Research Project GeFR@NS. From February 15-16, more than 100 scientists from both countries exchanged ideas on current research topics and laid the foundation for concrete joint projects at the digital kick-off event.