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13.03.2019

An elevator with millimeter precision - How to lift a 20-meter long pipe

There is a lot of excitement in the neutron guide hall. The instrument KWS-2, which weighs about 5 tons, is about to be lifted up. It is a Hercules task to move this colossal stainless steel pipe, not only because of its weight but rather due to the coordination needed to do it. By around 10 o’clock in the morning about half of the task was done....[more]

12.03.2019

Scientists study method for researching magnetic materials

Physicists from the University of Luxembourg, the Heinz Maier-Leibnitz Zentrum (MLZ) and a team of research partners have demonstrated for the first time in a comprehensive study how different magnetic materials can be examined using small-angle neutron scattering. The scientists around Dr. Sebastian Mühlbauer (MLZ, Technical University of Munich)...[more]

02.03.2019

A lighthouse of innovation – 15 years of FRM II

For exactly 15 years the research neutron source Heinz Maier-Leibnitz (FRM II) of the Technical University Munich has been providing neutrons for research, industry and medicine. Today, and from the beginning, the neutron source is one of the most powerful and modern sources worldwide. Each year around 1000 international customers come to Garching...[more]

28.02.2019

Neutrons help understand the cause of amyloidosis – a rare but, so far, incurable disease

New research published in Nature Communications may help scientists understand the cause of the rare and incurable disease transthyretin amyloidosis. A team of scientists based at Keele University (UK) and the Institut Laue-Langevin (France) has been trying to understand the mechanism by which the disease is caused. Neutron crystallographic...[more]

21.02.2019

Salt could be a key factor in allergic immune reactions

Salt apparently affects allergic immune reactions. A team working with Prof. Christina Zielinski at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) has demonstrated in cell cultures that salt leads to the formation of Th2 cells. These immune cells are active in allergic conditions such as atopic dermatitis. The team also detected elevated salt...[more]

15.02.2019

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]

01.02.2019

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]

31.01.2019

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]

28.01.2019

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]

24.01.2019

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]

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