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Alfried Krupp-Förderpreis für Prof. Dr. Karsten Borgwardt

  • 02 July 2013

Tübinger Forscher für Analyse großer Mengen biologischer Daten geehrt

Der mit 1 Mio. Euro dotierte Alfried Krupp-Förderpreis zeichnet in diesem Jahr die herausragenden Leistungen des Tübinger Wissenschaftlers Prof. Dr. Karsten Borgwardt aus. Der 32-Jährige leitet seit fünf Jahren eine Forschungsgruppe an den Max-Planck-Instituten für Entwicklungsbiologie und für Intelligente Systeme. Vor zwei Jahren wurde Borgwardt zusätzlich zum Professor für „Data Mining in den Lebenswissenschaften“ an der Universität Tübingen ernannt.


StEM Gewinner 2012 EMS Outstanding Paper Award

  • 17 April 2013

StEM gewinnt Preis der European Microscopy Society in der Kategorie Materials Science

Autor: Dr.Wilfried Sigle, StEM, Max-Planck-Institut für Intelligente Systeme “Toroidal Plasmonic Eigenmodes in Oligomer Nanocavities for the Visible” B. Ögüt, N. Talebi, R. Vogelgesang, W. Sigle, and PA van Aken Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems, Stuttgart Center for Electron Microscopy, Heisenbergstr. 3, 70569 Stuttgart, Germany


A folding ceramic

  • 27 March 2013

A sophisticated nanostructure renders a wafer-thin paper made of electrically conductive vanadium pentoxide fibres both tough and pliable

Scientists in Stuttgart are currently doing things to a ceramic, which would normally result in a pile of shards. They were the first to produce a paper-like material from a vanadium pentoxide ceramic which is as hard as copper, yet flexible enough to be rolled up or folded. The material is also different from other ceramics, as it is electrically conductive. In a project funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG), the scientists from Stuttgart University, the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems and the Max Planck Institute for Solid State Research produced the ceramic paper consisting of conductive nanofibres of vanadium pentoxide in a straightforward and simple way. The ceramic paper’s special mechanical properties are derived from its structure, which resembles that of mother-of-pearl. The material looks promising for applications in batteries, flat and flexible gas sensors and actuators in artificial muscles.


Ein Roboterarm lernt Dart werfen und jonglieren

  • 27 March 2013

Preis für die beste europäische Doktorarbeit 2012 in der Robotik für ehemaligen Doktorand am MPI für Intelligente Systeme

Dr. Jens Kober´s Doktorarbeit mit dem Titel: "Learning Motor Skills: From Algorithms to Robot Experiments" (Prüfung im April 2012 an der TU Darmstadt), wurde zur besten europäischen Doktorarbeit im Forschungsgebiet der Robotik gekürt. Dafür wurde Jens Kober am 20. März 2013 während des European Robotic Network-Forums EURON mit dem Georges Giralt Award ausgezeichnet. Er ist erst der vierte deutsche Robotiker, der diesen Preis entgegen nehmen durfte.


Training Immune Cells To Combat Disease

  • 05 March 2013

Immunology: Researchers trap immune cells in droplets of water in oil in hopes of reprogramming them


IEEE RAS Early Career Award for Prof. Jan Peters

  • 22 January 2013

Prestigious Award in Robotics Research for Scientist of the MPI for Intelligent Systems

Jan Peters, head of the Robotics Learning Laboratory at the Tübingen site of the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems and since 2011 Professor of Intelligent Autonomous Systems at the Technical University of Darmstadt, receives the IEEE RAS Early Career Award for his contributions to robot learning.

Jan Peters


Deuterium from a quantum sieve

  • 05 December 2012

A metal-organic framework separates hydrogen isotopes more efficiently than previous methods.

In future it may be easier for chemists, biologists and physicists to obtain the ideal substance with which to clarify numerous research issues. For the first time, a team of scientists from the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems in Stuttgart, Jacobs University Bremen and the University of Augsburg have been able to apply a new method to separate hydrogen and its heavier isotope deuterium more efficiently than before. To this effect, they use a metal-organic framework as a quantum sieve to separate the isotopes. Deuterium serves to determine the structure of unknown substances, for example. Chemists also use it to investigate how reactions involving hydrogen proceed and thus create the basis on which to optimise the conversion. Biologists use deuterium to analyse metabolic processes, among other things.

Michael Hirscher


Deuterium from a quantum sieve

  • 05 December 2012

A metal-organic framework separates hydrogen isotopes more efficiently than previous methods

In future it may be easier for chemists, biologists and physicists to obtain the ideal substance with which to clarify numerous research issues. For the first time, a team of scientists from the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems in Stuttgart, Jacobs University Bremen and the University of Augsburg have been able to apply a new method to separate hydrogen and its heavier isotope deuterium more efficiently than before. To this effect, they use a metal-organic framework as a quantum sieve to separate the isotopes. Deuterium serves to determine the structure of unknown substances, for example. Chemists also use it to investigate how reactions involving hydrogen proceed and thus create the basis on which to optimise the conversion. Biologists use deuterium to analyse metabolic processes, among other things.


Quantum stress in nanofilms

  • 12 September 2012

Electrons confined in an aluminium film of a few atomic layers thick create mechanical stress equivalent to up to one thousand times the standard atmospheric pressures

Read heads in hard drives, lasers in DVD players, transistors on computer chips, and many other components all contain ultrathin films of metal or semiconductor materials. Stresses arise in thin films during their manufacture. These influence the optical and magnetic properties of the components, but also cause defects in crystal lattices, and in the end, lead to component failure. As researchers in the department of Eric Mittemeijer at the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems in Stuttgart have now established, enormous stresses in the films are created by a quantum-mechanical mechanism that has been unknown until now, based on an effect by the name of quantum confinement. This effect can cause stresses equivalent to one thousand times standard atmospheric pressure, dependent of thickness. Knowledge of this could be helpful in controlling the optical and mechanical properties of thin-film systems and increase their mechanical stability. Additionally, very sensitive sensors might also be developed on the basis of this knowledge.


Tübingen scientist honored for excellent research

  • 27 June 2012

Bernhard Schölkopf receives the Academy Award 2012 of the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy.

Detailed information in the German press release.

Bernhard Schölkopf