For many young scientists writing is the most difficult part of research work. Poor structure, breakneck formulations and unclear argumentation lead to texts which are not too user friendly. However, for the success of academics it is essential that the content is successfully conveyed to the relevant target groups – from the subject community to the wider public.
The methods and instruments of scientific writing can be learnt. With a few select mechanisms for structuring and techniques for building arguments, it becomes possible to articulate even complex data clearly and comprehensibly. Coherently built up and convincingly formulated, even academic texts can be an exciting read!
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Research topic: NMR investigations of the self-organization and dynamics of amyloid fibrils
- Solution Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR)
Title of thesis: Biophysikalische Untersuchungen an Amyloidfibrillen
Date of defence: June 19, 2017
- Solution Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR), 1H, 15N, 13C, High-pressure NMR, Protein expression and purification, DNA modification, Circular Dichroism (CD) spectroscopy
Amyloid peptide aggregation near gold interfaces and membranes
The aggregation of peptides into amyloid fibrils, desired or undesired, plays an important role in biological systems. Amyloid-forming peptides are soluble in its native state and aggregate under certain circumstances via intermediates to insoluble fibrils with characteristic cross-β-sheet structure. This aggregation is believed to be connected with several neurodegenerative disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease (AD). However, it is not yet clear if the oligomeric intermediates or the mature fibrils are the toxic species or if amyloid fibrils are just a side product in the development of these diseases.
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Effects of the αC-relaxation for PEO and POM: Impact on Crystallization Process, Morphology and Reorganization Behavior
Depending on the presence or absence of an αC-relaxation it is possible to distinguish between crystal-mobile and crystal-fixed semi-crystalline polymers. Only crystal-mobile polymers own a certain chain mobility in the crystalline phase. In contrast to the crystal-fixed polymer Polycaprolactone (PCL), we analyze the impact of the αC-relaxation for two representatives of αC-mobile polymers, Polyethylenoxide (PEO) and Polyoxymethylene (POM), using different methods like SAXS and Flash-/DSC.
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The second Soft Matter Day, organized by the Peter Debye Institute for Soft Matter Physics, will take place on 23 June 2017 at the Theoretical Lecture Hall of the Faculty of Physics and Earth Sciences, Linnéstr. 5, Leipzig. It aims at stimulating scientific exchange and interactions among the groups of the institute and the Leipzig groups that do related work in this field.
Title of thesis: Fluorophilicity in Biologically Relevant Systems Studied with Fluorinated Rhodamines
Date of defence: April 21, 2017
Amphiphilic block copolymers synthesis
- Atom Transfer Radical Polymerization (ATRP)
- Reversible Addition–Fragmentation Chain Transfer (RAFT)
- Gel Permeation Chromatography (GPC)
- Synthetic fluorophylic dyes