Heinz Maier-Leibnitz (FRM II)


A team of German and Argentinian researchers has used neutrons in the FRM II research neutron source at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) to identify an animal species that has been extinct for 220 million years. Findings on the new species provide surprising insights into the evolution of mammals.

Their mission was to discover the neutron source, and the twelve motivated schoolgirls pursued this goal with a plan on August 2. As part of the “TUM Entdeckerinnen” program, the 13-15 year olds came to visit during summer vacation, looked behind the scenes at the research neutron source and asked plenty of questions.

New solid-state batteries promise to deliver more energy than their conventional sisters using liquid electrolytes and are attractive for e-mobility because of their longer ranges. A study using neutrons at the MLZ suggests developing a solid electrolyte while intentionally leaving the material disordered. This will lead to higher battery performance.

On June 27, FRM II presented itself at the student career fair IKOM. The four-day event at the Technical University of Munich is the largest student career fair in Germany and connects students and employers. Numerous internships, job offers and student thesis projects attracted more than 200 interested fair visitors to the FRM II booth.