An exciting research project with current relevance and a wide range of possible applications is currently underway at Hof University of Applied Sciences: The Institute for Material Sciences (ifm) is doing research on antibacterial surface coatings. In the future, these paint compounds are going to be used in hospitals, doctors' surgeries or even in public transport systems in particular and will inhibit the spread of bacteria and viruses. For the first time, a natural substance, which can be obtained by the remains of crustaceans that has been little used so far, will help.
With an innovative research project, Hof University of Applied Sciences has declared war on one of the biggest annoyances of German motorists: marten damage. At the Institute for Applied Biopolymer Research (ibp) at Hof University of Applied Sciences, headed by Prof. Dr. Michael Nase, in cooperation with the automotive supplier UNIWELL Rohrsysteme GmbH & Co. KG, materials are currently being investigated and tested that are expected to withstand the bite of the common marten far better than the materials currently used in standard hoses. The market for these materials is huge - as is the interest of the automotive industry.
Dr.-Ing. Thomas Ritter receives Bayernwerk AG’s Kulturpreis Bayern for his dissertation at Functional Materials engineering research group at the University of Bayreuth. He was nominated for the prize by his doctoral supervisor, Prof. Dr.-Ing. Ralf Moos, who describes the prizewinner not only as a “highly skilled and very interdisciplinary thinking engineer”, but also as an outstanding team player. Consequently, according to Chair Prof. Moos, the prize is just as much an award for the entire team of the sensor technology working group.
They look like microscopic bottle brushes: Polymers with a backbone and tufts of side arms. This molecular design gives them unusual abilities: For example, they can bind active agents and release them again when the temperature changes. With the help of neutrons, a research team from the Technical University of Munich (TUM) has now succeeded to unveil the changes in the internal structure in course of the process.
Chemists at the University of Bayreuth have developed a material that could well make an important contribution to climate protection and sustainable industrial production. With this material, the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide (CO₂) can be specifically separated from industrial waste gases, natural gas, or biogas, and thereby made available for recycling. The separation process is both energy efficient and cost-effective. In the journal "Cell Reports Physical Science" the researchers present the structure and function of the material.