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Quantum films on plastic

Press Release of 28.02.2024

A research team from the Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf (HZDR) and the University of Salerno in Italy has discovered that thin films of elemental bismuth exhibit the so-called non-linear Hall effect, which could be applied in technologies for the controlled use of terahertz high-frequency signals on electronic chips. Bismuth combines several advantageous properties not found in other systems to date, as the team reports in Nature Electronics (DOI: 10.1038/s41928-024-01118-y). Particularly: the quantum effect is observed at room temperature. The thin-layer films can be applied even on plastic substrates and could therefore be suitable for modern high-frequency technology applications.

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New Approach to Real-Time Monitoring after Pancreatic Surgery

Press Release of 26.02.2024

Complications after pancreatic surgery are common and can be life-threatening. One of the most serious yet common complications is postoperative pancreatic fistula. This condition is diagnosed based on increased concentrations of the pancreatic enzyme alpha-amylase in drainage secretions. Currently, the analysis of these enzymes is routinely conducted on the first and third postoperative day. Scientists at the Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf (HZDR) and the University Hospital Dresden (UKD) now report in the journal Biosensors and Bioelectronics (DOI: 10.1016/j.bios.2024.116034) on the development of a portable device that can carry out the enzyme determination continuously and in real time.

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For Solidarity and Respect – against Exclusion: HZDR supports civil society's call for democracy

News of 22.02.2024

Excellent science thrives on an open and tolerant society. It is only within such a society that we can explore innovative solutions to the major challenges of our time. For this reason, the HZDR supports the call of the non-partisan alliance "Wir sind die Brandmauer" for a large rally for democracy on February 25, 2024, starting at 3 p.m. at the Neumarkt in Dresden.

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Einblicke ins HZDR: BMBF-Abteilungsleiter informiert sich über die Forschung in den Bereichen Energie, Gesundheit, Materie

News of 23.02.2024

Rund vier Stunden lang informierte sich der Abteilungsleiter „Zukunftsvorsorge – Forschung für Grundlagen und nachhaltige Entwicklung" des Bundesministeriums für Bildung und Forschung (BMBF), Stefan Müller, am 23. Februar 2024 über die aktuelle Forschung und Zukunftsprojekte des Helmholtz-Zentrums Dresden-Rossendorf (HZDR). Begleitet wurde er von Dr. Babett Gläser, Leiterin der Abteilung 4 „Forschung“ im Sächsischen Wissenschaftsministeriums (SMWK) und Stellvertretende Kuratoriumsvorsitzende des HZDR.

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Krebs von innen bestrahlen: HZDR und DKFZ gründen Helmholtz-Verbund für Radiopharmazeutische Wissenschaften

News of 19.02.2024

Krebs mit radioaktiven Arzneimitteln besser zu bekämpfen und präziser aufzuspüren, ist das Ziel eines neu gegründeten Verbunds von Wissenschaftler*innen des Helmholtz-Zentrums Dresden-Rossendorf (HZDR) und des Deutschen Krebsforschungszentrums (DKFZ).

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Neuer Ansatz bei schweren Verläufen von Prostatakrebs

Press Release of 15.02.2024

Prostatakrebs ist bei Männern in Deutschland die häufigste Krebsart und die zweithäufigste Todesursache bei einer Krebserkrankung. Vor allem ältere Männer sind von der Krankheit betroffen, bei der sich ein bösartiger Tumor in der Vorsteherdrüse, der Prostata, bildet. Früh erkannt, sind die Aussichten auf eine erfolgreiche Therapie gut. Im späteren Stadium kann sich der Krebs jedoch ausbreiten. Über die Prostata wächst er dann in umliegendes Gewebe ein oder bildet Tochtergeschwülste, sogenannte Metastasen. Für metastasierenden Prostatakrebs gibt es bisher nur begrenzte Behandlungsmöglichkeiten. Wissenschaftler*innen am OncoRay – Nationales Zentrum für Strahlenforschung in der Onkologie haben nun eine Möglichkeit gefunden, um das Anspre-chen des Patienten auf die Strahlentherapie und deren Erfolg vorherzusagen. Dafür schauten sie sich besondere Gene an, wie sie im Fachjournal Theranostics berichten (DOI: 10.7150/thno.88057).

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Registration opens for the International Science Conference "Building Bridges for the Next Generations"

News of 13.02.2024

Building on last year's success, the Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf (HZDR), on behalf of the Saxon State Chancellery, is once again organizing the science conference Building Bridges for the Next Generations. This year's conference, focusing on the "Net Zero" theme, will be held on May 27 and 28, 2024, at the International Congress Center in Dresden.

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United in vigilance

News of 12.02.2024

On Tuesday, February 13, people in and around Dresden commemorate the destruction of the city in 1945 and the millions of victims of National Socialist tyranny with its misanthropy, anti-semitism and intolerance. A human chain will form at 6 p.m. under the slogan "United in vigilance". Several thousand people will then surround the entire city center of Dresden, hand in hand. The opening event will start at 5:15 p.m. at the "Goldene Pforte" (Rathausplatz 1, Dresden). At 6 p.m., the human chain will close for ten minutes.

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„Ich will die nächste Generation mit meiner Begeisterung anstecken“

News of 09.02.2024

Anlässlich des Internationalen Tags der Frauen und Mädchen in der Wissenschaft am 11. Februar stellen sich HZDR-Mitarbeiterinnen in Forschungsberufen vor: In Teil eins der Serie erzählt Stefanie Sonntag, Technikerin und Ausbilderin am HZDR, was sie an ihrem vielseitigen Beruf begeistert und warum sie ihre Sturheit zur persönlichen Superkraft auserkoren hat.

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HZDR Team develops a new approach for fast and cost-effective pathogen detection

Press Release of 07.02.2024

The ability to detect diseases at an early stage or even predict their onset would be of tremendous benefit to doctors and patients alike. A research team led by Dr. Larysa Baraban at the at the Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf (HZDR) develops intelligent, miniaturized biosensor devices and systems using nanomaterials to determine biomolecules and cells as well as biochemical reactions or processes as disease markers. The team’s current publication in Biosensors and Bioelectronics (DOI: 10.1016/j.bios.2023.115701) describes the development of a portable, palm-sized test system that can simultaneously carry out up to thirty-two analyses of one sample.

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Für mehr Wissenschaft und Forschung im Unterricht: HZDR schreibt Lehrkräftepreis aus

Press Release of 05.02.2024

Um Schüler*innen für Naturwissenschaften zu begeistern, braucht es qualitativ anspruchsvollen Unterricht und damit auch engagierte Lehrkräfte. Um entsprechende Initiativen und Ideen zu fördern, vergibt das Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf (HZDR) in diesem Jahr zum zweiten Mal den HZDR-Lehrkräftepreis. Die Schirmherrschaft hat diesmal der Sächsische Kultusminister Christian Piwarz übernommen. Die Preisverleihung wird am 6. Juni 2024 stattfinden.

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Tracking unconventional superconductivity: Research team presents heavyweight champion

Press Release of 31.01.2024

At low enough temperatures, certain metals lose their electrical resistance and they conduct electricity without loss. This effect of superconductivity is known for more than hundred years and is well understood for so-called conventional superconductors. More recent, however, are unconventional superconductors, for which it is unclear yet how they work. A team from the Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf (HZDR), together with colleagues from the French research institution CEA (Commissariat à l'énergie atomique et aux énergies alternatives), from Tohoku University in Japan, and the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Physics of Solids in Dresden, has now gained new insights. The researchers report their recent findings in the journal Nature Communications (DOI: 10.1038/s41467-023-44183-1).

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Innovative computational method unveils high-performance ceramics for extreme environments

Press Release of 29.01.2024

An international research team has developed a method for rapidly discovering new types of materials that function at extremely high temperatures of several thousand degrees Celsius. These high-performance ceramics could one day form the basis for more robust coatings, batteries and radiation-resistant devices.

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Four more years of open access electron and x-ray microscope use for sustainability research

News of 25.01.2024

The EXCITE project (Electron and X-ray microscopy community for structural and chemical imaging techniques for Earth materials) has been bringing together the most important national and regional electron and X-ray microscopy facilities with European researchers from academia and industry at European level for four years in order to ensure their optimal use and joint development. Funding for the EXCITE network, in which the Helmholtz Institute Freiberg for Resource Technology (HIF) of the HZDR also provides its equipment, has now been extended under the name EXCITE² for four years by the European Union (EU). With a clear focus on the EU's sustainability goals, the microscopy equipment will now be available to researchers from all disciplines from April 2024 instead of just geoscientists.

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Plenty of Innovation at HZDR Transfer Day: Awarding the winners of the 7th HZDR Innovation Contest

News of 23.01.2024

A project from the Center for Advanced Systems Understanding (CASUS) has emerged victorious in the HZDR Innovation Contest 2023. With their idea "XR-microscopy" Dr. Ulrik Günther and Jan Tiemann prevailed among 15 submissions and received a prize money of 1,500 euros.

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A “gold standard” for computational materials science codes

Press Release of 18.01.2024

Physicists and materials scientists can choose from a whole family of computer codes that simulate the behavior of materials and predict their properties. The accuracy of the results obtained by these codes depends on the employed approximations and chosen numerical parameters. To verify that the results from different codes are comparable, consistent with each other, and reproducible, a large group of scientists did the most comprehensive verification study so far. Published in the first 2024 issue of Nature Reviews Physics (DOI: 10.1038/s42254-023-00655-3), it provides a reference dataset and a set of guidelines for assessing and improving existing and future codes.

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HZDR-Schülerlabor schaltet live zur Neumayer Station am Südpol

Press Release of 16.01.2024

Eisig und spannend zugleich wird es am Mittwoch, 17. Januar 2024, wenn das Schülerlabor DeltaX am Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf bei der nächsten Experimentiersafari zur Neumayer Station des Alfred-Wegener-Instituts in die Antarktis schaltet. In der Safari geht es diesmal um „Forschung im Eis“.

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Von Grund auf neu denken: Mit CITADEL sollen energieintensive Industrien grün werden

Press Release of 15.01.2024

Unter Leitung des Instituts für Fluiddynamik am Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf (HZDR) sucht ein internationales Team nach Möglichkeiten, energieintensive Industriezweige auf regenerativen Strom umzustellen. Insgesamt 14 Forschungseinrichtungen und Unternehmen aus sieben europäischen Ländern fokussieren sich dabei auf die Produktion von feuerfesten Materialien, Glas, Stahl, Kupfer sowie auf das Betonrecycling. Das von der Europäischen Union mit 13,5 Millionen Euro geförderte Projekt startet im Januar 2024, ist auf vier Jahre angelegt und soll in den Bau von fünf Demonstrationsanlagen münden.

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Focused ion beam technology: a single tool for a wide range of applications

Press Release of 11.01.2024

Processing materials on the nanoscale, producing prototypes for microelectronics or analyzing biological samples: The range of applications for finely focused ion beams is huge. Experts from the EU collaboration FIT4NANO have now reviewed the many options and developed a roadmap for the future. The article, published in “Applied Physics Review” (DOI: 10.1063/5.0162597), is aimed at students, users from industry and science as well as research policy makers.

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The world’s first Prototype for High-Contrast Live Imaging in Proton Therapy

Press Release of 09.01.2024

On January 9th, 2024, a scientific prototype for MRI-guided proton therapy was inaugurated in Dresden. With this installation, experts from the fields of medicine, medical physics, biology and engineering are embarking on the scientific testing of a new form of radiotherapy for treating cancer. For the first time globally, a full-body MRI device for real-time imaging is combined with a proton therapy system in the form of a prototype. The inauguration ceremony was held at OncoRay – National Center for Radiation Research in Oncology with Saxony’s Minister-President Michael Kretschmer present. After demonstrating the technical feasibility using a compact MRI device without real-time imaging with a predecessor prototype financed by the Sächsische Aufbaubank in 2019, the Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf (HZDR) has now financed the development of a pioneering full-body MRI device with real-time imaging. The infrastructure as well as a number of the personnel are provided by the Dresden University Medical Center.

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How to capture water from air: Researchers decipher the underlying adsorption mechanism of special microporous material

Press Release of 05.01.2024

Researchers from the Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf (HZDR) and Dresden University of Technology (TUD) have unraveled the water adsorption mechanism in certain microporous materials – so-called hierarchical metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) – while probing them on the atomic scale. Discovered only about 25 years ago, their special properties quickly led to a reputation as “miracle materials” – which, as it turned out, can even harvest water from air. In the journal ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces (https://doi.org/10.1021/acsami.3c10974), the researchers describe how the material achieves this.

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Using satellite data to improve mining safety: EU research project MOSMIN to monitor and secure mining-related deposits launches

Press Release of 02.01.2024

Mining remains essential to meet the growing demand for raw materials. But there are potential environmental risks associated with mining, such as the instability of tailings dams or the contamination of soil and water. In order to prevent these risks and optimize the efficiency of resource extraction, twelve international partners within the framework of the European research project MOSMIN have set themselves the task of using Copernicus satellite and ground-based data to geotechnically and environmentally monitor mine waste deposits and evaluate their potential as ore deposits. Coordinated by the Helmholtz Institute Freiberg for Resource Technology at the Helmholtz Center Dresden-Rossendorf, the project partners will develop and test Earth observation (EO)-based techniques over the next three years. The European Union Agency for the Space Programme (EUSPA) funds the project with almost three million euros.

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