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Fascinating quantum transport on a surface

Pict.: C. Hohmann (NIM)

Measurement with extremly high temporal resolution

The surface of topological insulators conducts electricity exceptionally well. NIM scientists now measured this with extremely high temporal resolution. They also could influence the direction of the surface currents with a polarized laser beam.

Travels in the laser lift

Pict.: C. Hohmann, NIM

Highly precise movement of nanoparticles

Tiny glass nanospheres coated on one side with a very fine gold film: LMU scientists have shown that particles modified in this way can be moved about with high precision using laser beams, creating an optically controlled micro-elevator.

Magnetic nanoparticles enhance performance of solar cells

Doping with magnetite

Magnetic nanoparticles can increase the performance of organic solar cells - provided the mix is right. NIM scientists now proved that adding about one per cent by weight makes the solar cells more efficient.

Unified theory for skyrmion-materials

The taming of magnetic vortices

Magnetic vortex structures, so-called skyrmions, could in future store and process information very efficiently. NIM physicists now characterized their electromagnetic properties and developed a unified theoretical description of their behavior.

Local treatment of lung cancer

Medical nanoparticles

Nanoparticles can function as carriers for medicines to combat lung cancer. In a joint project with other researchers NIM scienists have now developed nanocarriers that site-selectively release drugs at the tumor site in human and mouse lungs.

Labyrinths as crucibles of life

The origin of life

Water-filled micropores in hot rock may have acted as the nurseries in which life on Earth began. NIM scientists have now shown that temperature gradients in pore systems promote the cyclical replication and emergence of nucleic acids. Read more

Stretching and Twisting RNA molecules

Single-molecule experiments reveal surprising differences amongst the “molecular cousins” DNA and RNA when stretched and twisted.

The double-stranded structure of DNA carries our genetic information

ERC Starting Grant for Prof. Bettina Lotsch

A starting grant awarded by the European Research Council (ERC) has gone to Professor Bettina Lotsch (LMU Munich & MPI for Solid State Research). She received the award for her project "Covalent

NIM scientist Hendrik Dietz receives Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize

The NIM member Prof. Hendrik Dietz (TUM) has been awarded the Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, German Research Foundation). The 36-year-old biophysicist is

Research at the highest level in the heart of Munich

Haushaltsausschuss macht Weg für Neubau des Nano-Instituts und Erschließung des Entwicklungscampus der LMU an der Königinstraße frei – Wissenschaftsminister Dr. Spaenle: „Bestätigung für weltweite

Possible read head for quantum computers

Nitrogen-vacancy centers in diamonds could be used to construct vital components for quantum computers. But hitherto it has been impossible to read optically written information from such systems

More than 2000 visitors at the NanoDay 2014

„Nano – what does that mean exactly? How is it able to work on that tiny scale? What is the use of the research results?“

At the NIM NanoDay 2014 the many vistors got answers to these and many other

An important jigsaw piece to the Nobel prize

Credit JKU Linz

In 1999 this year´s Nobel laureate in Chemistry, Stefan Hell, disproved the dogma of the resolution limit of light microscopy. First author of the decisive publication was Thomas Klar, who later moved

NanoTemper wins the „Deutscher Gründerpreis 2014“

The NIM Spin-Off company NanoTemper Technologies was honored with the „Deutscher Gründerpreis 2014“, an award for german companies with an extraordinary growth rate and the potential to become a

Artificial cells take their first steps

Using only a few ingredients, the biophysicist Prof. Andreas Bausch and his team at the Technische Universität München (TUM) have successfully implemented a minimalistic model of the cell that can

Master thesis position

"Fabrication and testing of new materials for organo-metal halide perovskite solar cells"

Chair for Photonics and Optoelectronics (PhOG)Department of Physics, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München

Molecular shuttle speeds up hydrogen production

An LMU team affiliated with the Nanosystems Initiative Munich (NIM) has achieved a breakthrough in light-driven generation of hydrogen with semiconductor nanocrystals by using a novel molecular

DNA used as a lightswitch

A nanostructure made from two tiny gold rods reversibly changes its optical properties when specific DNA molecules are added.

Electronics now has a competitor. Information is increasingly being

How it all began…

The aim of the American Simons Foundation is to promote research in mathematics and on the fundamental questions of natural sciences. In 2014 the foundation set up a new program to support innovative

One million times better

Trotz aller Fortschritte gibt es noch immer nicht für alle gewünschten Frequenzen geeignete Laser-Systeme. Manche dieser Frequenzen kann man mit Frequenzverdopplern erzeugen, die nichtlineare optische

More pores for more power

When can we expect to drive the length of Germany in an electric car without having to top up the battery? Chemists at the NIM Cluster at LMU and at the University of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada have

Cellular team players

Many enzymes work only with a co-trainer, of sorts. Scientists at the NIM-Cluster show what this kind of cooperation looks like in detail using a novel methodology applied to the heat shock protein

Academy Prize for Andreas Bausch

This year the academy prize, endowed with 50,000 Euro, was awarded to NIM member Andreas Bausch from TU München. In his research he successfully combines physics, chemistry and biology to investigate

Special award for Peter Hänggi

The election of NIM member Peter Hänggi into the prestigious society honors his outstanding research in Theoretical Physics. Current members of the academy include 29 Nobel Laureates amongst other

Nano-imaging probes molecular disorder

Using a newly developed imaging method, NIM researchers show that thin-film organic semiconductors contain regions of structural disorder that could inhibit the transport of charge and limit the

Full professorship for Ulrich Gerland at TU München

NIM member Ulrich Gerland is appointed as Full Professor at Physik-Department. He succeeds Roland Netz, leading the reoriented chair for “Theory of complex biosystems”. 

Professor Ulrich Gerland

Molecules and their comfort temperature

Only two mechanisms can move molecules in a fluid. They can follow a temperature gradient or an electrical potential. LMU physicists have modeled how migration of DNA molecules is affected by their

Swarms: It is getting tight

A swarm’s behavior completely changes when increasing the density of particles within. NIM-scientists succeeded in developing a universal model to study the emergent phenomena at high densities.

Diamonds with useful defects

NIM scientist Dr. Jose A. Garrido (TUM) and his colleagues have developed a transistor-type architecture to control the properties of diamond defects. Read more

Adventurous bacteria

Reproduce or rather conquer the world? Surprisingly also bacteria have to face this question. Theoretical biophysicists of the NIM cluster now calculated how the organisms should decide to optimally

NIM on the front page

Left picture

NIM physicists have developed a “planet-satellite model” to precisely connect and arrange nanoparticles in three-dimensional structures. Inspired by the photosystems of plants and algae,

The thousand-droplets test

In the future, an entire chemistry lab could be accommodated in a tiny little droplet. NIM scientists have now for the first time succeeded in establishing and investigating a complex biochemical

Wandering heat

According to Fourier’s law, heat spreads evenly throughout a system. For two- and one-dimensional objects such as films or the finest of wires, however, other rules seem to apply. NIM scientists have

Gay-Lussac-Humboldt-Award for Oliver Eickelberg

Der NIM-Wissenschaftler Oliver Eickelberg wird mit dem Gay-Lussac-Humboldt-Forschungspreis 2013 ausgezeichnet. Der mit 60.000 Euro dotierte Preis wird in Zusammenarbeit mit der Alexander von

Alexander von Humboldt award for Victor Klimov

The German government grants the award to Victor Klimov in recognition of a researcher whose discoveries, theories or insights have had a significant impact on his own discipline and who is expected

Lasers from nanowires

The smallest lasers in the world are about ten times thinner than a spider's thread. They consist of a perfect crystalline semiconductor nanowire, which after excitation emits light with a defined

Science Rocks!

Speaker: Nina Mauser, AG Prof. Achim Hartschuh (LMU)

Time: Thursday, 9 January 2014, 17:45h Venue: Seminarraum N110, Altbau der Fakultät für Physik

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Dr. Klaus Römer grant for NIM graduate student

On 13 December 2013, the Departments of Chemistry and Biochemistry (LMU) awarded 28 young scientists with grants of the Dr. Klaus Römer-foundation. One of the winners is Dr. Frauke Mickler, a former

Friedrich Simmel new member of acatech

The deputy coordinator of NIM, Professor Friedrich Simmel, has been elected as a new member of the German National Academy of Science and Engineering (acatech). The physicist holds the chair of

Nanoparticles and their orbital positions

NIM physicists have developed a “planet-satellite model” to precisely connect and arrange nanoparticles in three-dimensional structures. Like photosystems of plants and algae, the model might in

Thursday, 02 April, 2015

Forum Lung Research

Comprehensive Pneumology Center & Institute of Lung biology


Wednesday, 27 May, 2015

CFP / NIM Workshop on Functional Photonics and Nanosystems

City University of Hong Kong


Wednesday, 18 March, 2015

New NIM-GP Student Board



Thursday, 26 March, 2015

Histidine-rich stabilized polyplexes for cMet-directed tumor-targeted gene…

Nanoscale 7 (2015), 5350



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