Heinz Maier-Leibnitz (FRM II)


Hydrogen is not only a sustainable fuel in the energy mix, but also plays a key role in neural networks. German and Argentinian researchers at the MLZ have now demonstrated that neutrons are more sensitive than ever before to hydrogen atoms in thin layers and can thus reduce the energy consumption in neural networks in the future.

On April 28, more than 90,000 girls did not go to school. Instead, they went to Girls’ Day! FRM II also participated in this nationwide event, welcoming 18 interested girls at its gate once again. Everyone who is at the neutron source for the first time has many questions: What do you need neutrons for? Where do they come from? And what does radiation do?

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.