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News and views on research at the Helmholtz Association - this is the place to look for all the press releases issued by the Helmholtz Research Centres and the Helmholtz Head Office. A comfortable search function helps you to view specific news items from the Helmholtz Research Centres in chronological order. Older press releases can be found in our archive or on the website of the relevant Helmholtz Research Centre.

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  • 29. July 2021, Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf (HZDR)
    HZDR team works on air purification concepts to reduce viruses

    Full classrooms, travel on public transportation, relaxed shopping in malls – since the outbreak of the Corona pandemic, these are not things to be taken for granted. In order to explore how virus transmission by aerosols and droplets can be avoided, seven Helmholtz centers, three universities and numerous business partners have come together in the CORAERO project which is receiving around six million euro from the Helmholtz Association’s Initiative and Networking Fund for a period of 4.5 years, starting in summer 2021. A research team at the Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf (HZDR) has been granted 1.2 million euro for experimental and numerical analyses of aerosol dispersion indoors and the development of special air purification technologies to reduce virus transmission indoors.

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  • 28. July 2021, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)
    Synthetic Fuels: Successful Coupled Operation of Container Plant System at KIT

    Power-to-liquid Plant with Optimized Reactor Design at Energy Lab 2.0 - Synthesis Gas Production from CO2 Combined with Fuel Production

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  • 28. July 2021, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)
    Synthetic Fuels: Successful Coupled Operation of Container Plant System at KIT

    Power-to-liquid Plant with Optimized Reactor Design at Energy Lab 2.0 - Synthesis Gas Production from CO2 Combined with Fuel Production

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  • 28. July 2021, Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin für Materialien und Energie (HZB)
    Water as a metal - detected at BESSY II

    Under normal conditions, pure water is an almost perfect insulator. Water only develops metallic properties under extreme pressure, such as exists deep inside of large planets. Now, an international collaboration has used a completely different approach to produce metallic water and documented the phase transition at BESSY II. The study is published now in Nature.

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  • 27. July 2021, Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf (HZDR)
    Paving the way for machine learning with medical data

    The Center for Advanced Systems Understanding (CASUS) at the Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf (HZDR) has joined PIONEER, a 12.8m euro project funded by the public-private partnership Innovative Medicines Initiative 2 (IMI2). The HZDR is PIONEER's 36th member. The European consortium aims to transform the field of prostate cancer care by unlocking the potential of big data and big data analytics.

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  • 26. July 2021, Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin für Materialien und Energie (HZB)
    Lead-free perovskite solar cells - How fluoride additives improve quality

    Tin halide perovskites are currently considered the best alternative to their lead-containing counterparts, which are, however, still significantly less efficient and stable. Now, a team led by Prof. Antonio Abate from HZB has analysed the chemical processes in the perovskite precursor solution and the fluoride compounds in detail. Using a clever combination of measurement methods at BESSY II and with NMR at the Humboldt-University Berlin, they were able to show that fluoride prevents the oxidation of tin and leads to a more homogeneous film formation with fewer defects, increasing the quality of the semiconductor layer.

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  • 26. July 2021, Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin für Materialien und Energie (HZB)
    Battery research - SkaLiS project funded with 2.2 million euros

    Powerful, compact, and affordable batteries are needed for the energy transition. Groups at the Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin (HZB) led by Prof. Yan Lu, Dr. Ingo Manke, and Dr. Sebastian Risse are conducting this research. They are investigating and developing novel types of electrode materials based on sulphur and silicon. Risse is now also coordinating a large project involving teams from HZB as well as from the University of Potsdam near Berlin, the Technische Universität Berlin, the Technische Universität Dresden and the Fraunhofer Institute for Material and Beam Technology IWS Dresden.

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  • 26. July 2021, German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ)
    Vaccination against hereditary colorectal cancer successful in mice

    Scientists from the German Cancer Research Center and Heidelberg University Hospital have for the first time been able to delay the development of hereditary colorectal cancer with a protective vaccination. Mice with a hereditary predisposition to colorectal cancer survived significantly longer after vaccination than unvaccinated animals. Combining the vaccination with an anti-inflammatory drug increased the protective effect.

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  • 26. July 2021, Helmholtz Zentrum München – German Research Center for Environmental Health (HMGU)
    Researchers engineer an organoid on chip platform to recapitulate pancreatic organoids

    A newly engineered organoid on chip platform mimics robustly key features of human pancreas development. This is a stepping stone towards reliable diagnostic solutions for early-stage pancreatic cancer. The study was carried out by an interdisciplinary team of researchers from Helmholtz Zentrum München, the Technical University of Munich (TUM) and Ulm University Medical Center.

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  • 23. July 2021, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)
    KIT Science Week: Dedicated to AI

    Science, Industry, Politics, and the Society Will Meet under the Heading “The Human Being in the Center of Learning Systems”

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