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Prof. Dr. Ilko Bald

Tracing Single Molecules – Potsdam researchers use nanoengineering for diagnostic procedures and to study chemical reactions

Since 2018, chemist Prof. Ilko Bald and his team have been researching how to place single molecules precisely within artificial DNA nanostructures. …
Prof. Henrike Müller-Werkmeister

Shorter than the blink of an eye – Prof. Henrike Müller-Werkmeister can watch molecules in action with ultrashort laser beams


The sun was one of the first objects to be studied spectroscopically. As early as the 19th century, the researchers Robert Bunsen and Gustav Robert …
Freigeist Fellow Felix Lang at Campus Golm

The Ultimate Semiconductor – Felix Lang develops solar cells and radiation detectors for outer space and medicine

Dr. Felix Lang prefers to work in the lab rather than at the computer. „When we test our solar cells, you can see immediately whether they are good or …
Prof. Michael Lenhard in the Botanical Garden

To the left or to the right? – Geneticist Prof. Michael Lenhard investigates how plants can tell left from right

In the course of evolution, plants have developed various strategies to prevent self-pollination. The marsh butterfly lily, which originates from …
Data collection with a field spectrometer

Understanding Tipping Points in Savannas – Ecologist Prof. Anja Linstädter Researches How Humans Affect the Development of African Savannas and Grassland


Since September 2020, Anja Linstädter has been Professor for Biodiversity Research and Systematic Botany at the University of Potsdam and Director of …
By helicopter through the Canadian Arctic. Photo: Ulrike Herzschuh

When it gets warmer – Species extinction in the Arctic - 9,000 years ago and today

The tundra is turning green. As climate change proceeds, bushes and shrubs are advancing into the barren Arctic regions. It is the same everywhere, …
Simulation of a neutron-star/black-hole coalescence in which the neutron star is tidally disrupted during the merging process.

Einstein Put To the Test – Gravitational Wave Researcher Prof. Tim Dietrich Is Dealing With Heavy Weights In Space

Tim Dietrich is only 34 years young and has already had a remarkable scientific career: In 2017, PhD thesis with distinction at Friedrich Schiller …
Prof. Gert Zöller

Computing Earthquakes – Mathematician Prof. Gert Zöller Develops Probability Models for Earthquakes and Other Disasters

The province of Groningen in the Netherlands is not generally considered a seismic hotspot. Nevertheless, an earthquake measuring 3.6 on the Richter …
Prof. Dr. Carsten Beta

Cell Physics in the Land of the Rising Sun – Japanese Research Professorship for Carsten Beta

End of September, Prof. Carsten Beta, biophysicist at the Institute of Physics and Astronomy, will leave for a research stay of several weeks at the …
Prof. Michael Hofreiter

AlterEco – Tracing the Ecological Footprint of the Neanderthal

Humans live large. The rainforest, which is so important for the world, is dwindling, as are the polar caps and the permafrost. The goal, agreed upon …