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Fight every droplet: HZDR team develops new drugs against viral infections

Press Release of 11.11.2021

Prof. Michael Bachmann and his team from the Institute of Radiopharmaceutical Cancer Research at the Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf (HZDR) will receive a total of 350,000 euros over the next three years for their research project “Viroprotect: Inhalation Drug Against Infection”. It is one of four projects funded through the Else Kröner-Fresenius Foundation’s competition “Ideas to fight droplets”, as the foundation announced at a press conference today (November 11th, 2021).

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Elektronik-Nachwuchs lötet in den Ferien: Talente-Entwicklungsprogramm JUNIORDOKTOR startet die 14. Runde

Press Release of 19.10.2021

Ab sofort können Schülerinnen und Schüler der Klassen 3 bis 12 wieder am JUNIORDOKTOR-Programm teilnehmen und bei rund 100 Veranstaltungen in Dresden ihre Talente testen. Besonders nachgefragt ist auch diesmal das Schülerlabor am Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf (HZDR). Auftakt der neuen JUNIORDOKTOR-Staffel ist der Start des Herbstferienprogramms „Löten – Platinen bestücken – Radios bauen“ am 19. Oktober 2021 im HZDR. Hier lernen Schülerinnen und Schüler die Grundlagen der Mikroelektronik.

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An X-ray view of carbon: New measurement method promises spectacular insights into the interior of planets

Press Release of 05.10.2021

At the heart of planets, extreme states are to be found: temperatures of thousands of degrees, pressures a million times greater than atmospheric pressure. They can therefore only be explored directly to a limited extent – which is why the expert community is trying to use sophisticated experiments to recreate equivalent extreme conditions. An international research team including the Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf (HZDR) has adapted an established measurement method to these extreme conditions and tested it successfully: Using the light flashes of the world’s strongest X-ray laser the team managed to take a closer look at the important element, carbon, along with its chemical properties. As reported in the journal Physics of Plasmas (DOI: 10.1063/5.0048150), the method now has the potential to deliver new insights into the interior of planets both within and outside of our solar system.

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International team improves efficiency of liquid metal batteries

Press Release of 15.09.2021

Climate protection means increasingly turning to renewable energies. But in order to store the energy produced by solar, wind and other regenerative processes, sophisticated systems are required. Today’s storage options are still too expensive and hardly or even impossible to recycle. Scientists at HZDR’s Institute of Fluid Dynamics have been working on liquid metal batteries for several years and are now in the European vanguard. Together with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), HZDR’s scientist Dr. Norbert Weber has managed to decisively optimize a novel lithium lead battery. As reported in the Journal of Energy Chemistry (DOI: 10.1016/j.jechem.2021.08.015), thanks to an improved electrolyte formulation, the team was able to increase the power efficiency to nearly 100 percent and the energy density by 45 percent at the same time.

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