Basic Concepts in Molecular Spectroscopy – March 16/17 2017


This module for physicists and chemists introduces the basic concepts in molecular spectroscopy, i.e. Infrared (IR), (surface enhanced) Raman- with imaging options and Broadband Dielectric Spectroscopy (BDS), Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy, Optical Microscopy, Superresolution Microscopy and Single Molecule Fluorescence Detection. Continue reading “Basic Concepts in Molecular Spectroscopy – March 16/17 2017”

Talk by A. Korn at UL (February 21, 2017)

Serine substitution in Amyloid-β – a possible link between β-Methylamino-L-alanine and Alzheimer’s disease?

In 1944 Guam was recaptured and fortified by US forces. Decades later soldiers that were stationed at Guam developed ALS-PDC (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis–parkinsonism/dementia complex) 50-100 times the incidence of ALS. Also Guam’s natives, the Chamorro, are plagued by severe neurodegenerative diseases. When looking for a possible cause for this phenomenon, scientists soon focused on the neurotoxin BMAA, found in cycad tree fruits, an important food source in Guam. BMAA is a non- proteinogenic amino acid produced by cyanobacteria that can be enriched via the food chain in plants, seafood and higher animals. This is a critical factor because cyanobacteria are known for their excessive blooms not only in marine ecosystems but also in lakes that are used as fresh water source for millions of people.

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Academies release joint guidelines on good science publishing (13.12.2016)

The number of scientific publications and journals is increasing constantly. Researchers have to stay current with ever more new scientific literature in their field and are also under increasing pressure to visibly publish their own findings in competition with their colleagues in the field. At the same time, it is become increasing difficult, particularly for non-scientists, to identify which journals are serious scientific publications. The large number of new online journals also includes “pseudo-journals” where the selection, editing and review of the submitted articles is often not transparent or does not meet scientific standards.France’s Académie des sciences, the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina, and the UK’s Royal Society are drawing attention to this situation and have developed joint guidelines for high-quality publications in scientific journals. These were presented to the EU Commissioner for Science and Innovation, Carolos Moedas, in Brussels.

Source: Academies release joint guidelines on good science publishing (13.12.2016)

Dr. Roos, Matthias – Experimental physics (Saalwächter, MLU)

Title of thesis: “Brownian Dynamics of Globular Proteins under Macromolecular Crowding as Studied by NMR”

Date of defence: December 16, 2016

Research topic: 
Concentrated protein solutions and molecular dynamics via NMR


  • Solid-state Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR)
  • Spin relaxation
  • Spin diffusion
  • Pulse Field Gradient (PFG) NMR
  • Micro-viscometer

Successful defence of Matthias Roos (group of K. Saalwächter)

Congratulations to Matthias Roos. He defended his thesis (Brownian Dynamics of Globular Proteins under Macromolecular Crowding as Studied by NMR) successfully on December 16th, 2016. As he has completed the additional training program Matthias has been awarded the certificate of our integrated research training group “Polymers: random coils and beyond”.


Project management in & outside academia

New, time limited and complex – such are the tasks generally undertaken as projects. A work environment without project work is almost unimaginable nowadays. And this is not only true for the non-academic sector: Even the doctorate is a project!

Proven project management tools pave the way for the professional development and planning of projects, for competent guiding of their implementation and for their successful completion. With the help of these tools even difficult steps in the project journey can be safely navigated.

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Talk by E. Schreck at MLU (6th December 2016)

Polymers on Surfaces – or how to catch them all

The talk  will feature recent developments in the lab. It focuses mainly on the preparation of thinnest polymer films / single molecules under UHV condition. It introduces the techniques quadrupole mass spectrometry (QMS), quartz microbalance (QMB) and scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) and how their results should lead to a successful preparation. A short overview of what is coming next will be given at the end of the talk.

Location: MLU Halle-Wittenberg, Von-Danckelmann-Platz 3, SR 1.03, 06120 Halle (Saale)
Date and time: 06.12.16 at 3.30pm

Scientia Halensis: 40 Jahre Polymerforschung in Halle

Atlas Polymers G. Michler
Atlas Polymers G. Michler

Erst die Vergrößerung zeigt: Viele Gegenstände, wie Displays oder Verpackungen, bestehen aus langkettigen Molekülen, den Grundbausteinen der Polymere. Die Forschung an diesen Stoffen hat in Halle eine lange Tradition. Der emeritierte Polymerforscher Prof. Dr. Goerg H. Michler gibt in seinem „Atlas of Polymer Structures“ eine zusammenfassende Übersicht über vier Jahrzehnte der Polymerforschung in Halle.