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Prototyp des UVC-LED-Strahlers ©FBH/P. Immerz


Fighting hospital germs with UVC light-emitting diodes

A novel LED irradiation system developed by the Ferdinand-Braun-Institut aims to kill microorganisms with ultra-short wave UV light – without side effects:

According to the Robert Koch Institute, 400,000 to 600,000 infections with hospital germs occur in Germany every year – about 10,000 to 20,000 people die from them (source: RKI). Since multidrug resistant (MDR) pathogens...

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Why permafrost might thaw sooner than expected

In a new study, experts (HU, AWI, University of Oslo) simulate various climate warming scenarios in northeast Siberia:

Experts from the Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research (AWI), the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (HU) and the University of Oslo have determined that much of the permafrost that is currently...

Analyse Proteinkristalle im MX-Labor BESSY II © C. Feiler/HZB


Corona research: Consortium of Berlin research and industry seeks active ingredients

The HZB is making all existing infrastructures available to the joint project:

The Berlin biotech company Molox GmbH and a team at the Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin (HZB) have initiated a consortium of regional research groups and BASF. Together, they want to identify a starting point for the development of...

Guido Heinrich, Berlin-Chemie AG © WISTA Management GmbH


Fostering young talent

Chemist Guido Heinrich evaluates medication and young researchers:

Some things you just never forget. Like that test kit used to detect traces of blood in food. Back then, the initial question was: how can vegetarians be sure that there is no meat on their plate? The solution was found by a...