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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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

Official announcement

Talk by F. Hoffmann at MLU (April 4, 2017)

Competition between Electrostatic and Hydrophobic Forces in the Central Core Region of Amyloid β Fibrils

Amyloidogenic peptides aggregated to large molecular assemblies are a hallmark of several diseases including Parkinson’s, Huntington’s, and Alzheimer’s disease as well as type II diabetes. Although each of these diseases gives rise to a very distinctive clinical picture, amyloid fibrils share the cross-β structure as a common structural motif. Within this motif, the peptide strands are linked via lateral β-sheet-turn-β-sheet structures that result in fiber-like aggregates with diameters of a few nanometers and lengths up to several micrometers.

The central question that will be addressed is how electrostatic and hydrophobic interactions compete within the central core region of Aβ(1-40) fibrils. Continue reading “Talk by F. Hoffmann at MLU (April 4, 2017)”

iRTG Program SoSe 2017 – Overview

Doctoral students seminars

April 4th at MLU (VDP3, SR 1.09):

Felix Hoffmann on “Competition between Electrostatic and Hydrophobic Forces in the Central Core Region of Amyloid β Fibrils” (abstract)

May 16th at MLU (VDP3, SR 1.09):

Martha Schulz on “Effects of molecular dynamics on morphology and properties of αc-relaxation” (abstract)

June 13th, at UL (Linnéstr. 5, SR 225):

Torsten John on “Amyloid peptide aggregation near gold interfaces and membranes”

July 18th at MLU (VDP3, SR 1.09):

Mareen Schäfer on “NMR investigations of dynamics in the different phases of semicrystalline polymers”

August at UL:

Tobias Thalheim on “Applying principal components analysis to single DNA molecules in a thermophoretic trap”

September 5th at MLU (VDP3, SR 1.09):

Chanita Sungkapreecha on “Phase behavior of biopolymer/volatile insect repellent systems”

 Advanced Training Modules


Soft skill seminars

Supplementary Study

Career workshop: How to write a persuasive job application – how to convince it in the job interview (June 19-20, 2017)

Scientists make a lot of mistakes as soon as they start to apply outside science. This workshop will help you to write a convincing application and to be successful in the job interview.

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