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Activity of fuel cell catalysts doubled

Modelling leads to the optimum size for platinum fuel cell catalysts

04-Jul-2019

An interdisciplinary research team at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) has built platinum nanoparticles for catalysis in fuel cells: The new size-optimized catalysts are twice as good as the best process commercially available today. Fuel cells may well replace batteries as the power ...

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Tox "exhausts" immune cells

Molecular switch for reduced immune cell function discovered

19-Jun-2019

Tumors and certain viral infections pose a challenge to the human body which the immune system typically fails to hand. In these diseases it switches to hypofunctional state that prevent adequate protection. A research team from the Technical University of Munich (TUM) has achieved a major ...

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Efficient catalyst for water splitting

New hybrid semiconductor material for sustainable hydrogen production

20-May-2019

Chemists at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) have developed an efficient water splitting catalyst as part of a collaborative international research effort. The catalyst comprises a double-helix semiconductor structure encased in carbon nitride. It is perfect for producing hydrogen ...

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How plants defend themselves

Plant immune system detects bacteria through small fatty acid molecules

16-Apr-2019

Like humans and animals, plants defend themselves against pathogens with the help of their immune system. But how do they activate their cellular defenses? Researchers at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) have now discovered that receptors in plant cells identify bacteria through simple ...

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Black nanoparticles slow the growth of tumors

Melanin as a new diagnosis and treatment tool for tumors

08-Apr-2019

The dark skin pigment melanin protects us from the sun’s damaging rays by absorbing light energy and converting it to heat. This could make it a very effective tool in tumor diagnosis and treatment, as demonstrated by a team from the Technical University of Munich (TUM) and Helmholtz Zentrum ...

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Labeling proteins with ubiquitin paves new road to cell regulation research

Tipping the scales

04-Apr-2019

Human cells have a sophisticated regulatory system at their disposal: labeling proteins with the small molecule ubiquitin. In a first, a team from the Technical University of Munich (TUM) has succeeded in marking proteins with ubiquitin in a targeted manner, in test tubes as well as in living ...

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New approach facilitates spectroscopy on individual molecules

At the limits of detectability

08-Mar-2019

While spectroscopic measurements are normally averaged over myriad molecules, a new method developed by researchers at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) provides precise information about the interaction of individual molecules with their environment. This will accelerate the ...

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Salt could be a key factor in allergic immune reactions

Atopic dermatitis: elevated salt concentrations in affected skin

28-Feb-2019

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 ...

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Molecular Lego blocks

Chemical data mining boosts search for new organic semiconductors

18-Feb-2019

Organic semiconductors are lightweight, flexible and easy to manufacture. But they often fail to meet expectations regarding efficiency and stability. Researchers at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) are now deploying data mining approaches to identify promising organic compounds for the ...

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Photochemical deracemization of chiral compounds achieved

The vanished mirror image

20-Dec-2018

Enantiomeric molecules resemble each other like right and left hands. Both variants normally arise in chemical reactions. But frequently only one of the two forms is effectual in biology and medicine. Hitherto, completely converting this mixture into the desired enantiomer was deemed impossible. ...

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