Academic Writing – July 4-5, 2017

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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Dr. Baumann, Monika – Experimental physics (Balbach, MLU)

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

Successful Defence of Monika Baumann (group of J. Balbach)

Congratulations to Monika. She defended here thesis successfully and completed the additional training program of our integrated research training group.

Title: Biophysikalische Untersuchungen an Amyloidfibrillen

Date: 19.06.2017 at 4.15pm
Location: SR 2.12, Von-Danckelmann-Platz 1, 06120 Halle

Official announcement

Talk by T. John at UL (June 13, 2017)

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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Talk by M. Schulz at MLU (May 16, 2017)

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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SOFT MATTER DAY at UL (June 23, 2017)

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.

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Dr. Jbeily, Mark – Physical chemistry (Kreßler, MLU)

Title of thesis: Fluorophilicity in Biologically Relevant Systems Studied with Fluorinated Rhodamines

Date of defence: April 21, 2017

Research topic: 
Amphiphilic block copolymers synthesis


  • Atom Transfer Radical Polymerization (ATRP)
  • Reversible Addition–Fragmentation Chain Transfer (RAFT)
  • Gel Permeation Chromatography (GPC)
  • Synthetic fluorophylic dyes

Successful defence of Mark Jbeily (group of J. Kreßler)

Congratulations to Mark. He defended his thesis successfully and completed the additional training program of our integrated research training group.

Title: Fluorophilicity in Biologically Relevant Systems Studied with Fluorinated Rhodamines

Date: 21.04.2017 at 1.00pm
Location: SR 5.09 , Von-Seckendorff-Platz 1, 06120 Halle

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