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George Kwesiga at the lab | Photo: Tobias Hopfgarten

The mediacal treasure trove of nature – Chemists from Potsdam and their African colleagues are researching new active substances from plants

Nature provides an abundance of medically effective substances. Only a fraction of them is known so far. Especially in poorer countries, where very... more
Dr. Matthias Hartlieb at the lab | Photo: Tobias Hopfgarten

Fighting Pathogens – Chemist Matthias Hartlieb develops substances that could replace antibiotics in the future

Since April 2019, Dr. Matthias Hartlieb has been a postdoc research fellow in the Open Topic Initiative of the University of Potsdam. His research... more
Bioreactor for cultivating microorganisms in the innoFSPEC lab | Photo: Ernst Kazcysnki

Not Without Alternatives – Bioplastic made from waste replaces conventional plastics

Plastic is a part of our everyday life. It has been made from oil, natural gas, and coal for over 100 years. The negative consequences of this flood... more
Prof. Amitabh Banerji. | Photo: Tobias Hopfgarten

DIY Science Experiments – Chemistry Education Lab Inducts Learners into Hot Research Topics

They measure, test, record, and present their results. In approximately 300 German student labs, as their national association estimates, about half a... more
Foto: Mike Thornton.

“Curiosity Is the Most Important Personality Trait of a Researcher” – Philip Wigge Is Interested in How Plants Sense Temperature

When we feel cold, we get goosebumps and put on warm clothes. When it’s very hot, we start to sweat. Plants, too, sense the temperature and use this... more
Brigitte Duvinage mit Studierenden im Labor. Foto: Karla Fritze.

Not without Experiments – Brigitte Duvinage prepares prospective chemistry teachers for everyday school life

The Chinese philosopher Confucius put it in a nutshell: “Tell me, and I will forget; show me, and I may remember; involve me, and I will understand.”... more
Foto: Dr. Claudia Pacholski im Labor. Foto: Thomas Hölzel.

All about Chemistry – Heisenberg Fellow Dr. Claudia Pacholski is at home in many laboratories

She is active, goal-oriented, welcomes new challenges, and enjoys teaching and research. Food chemist Dr. Claudia Pacholski has been teaching and... more
Stefanie Krüger und Prof. Dr. Andreas Taubert im Labor. Foto: Karla Fritze

SpiderMAEN – Prof. Andreas Taubert and his team of chemists “spin the silk” from gene to material

SpiderMAEN is the current project of Prof. Andreas Taubert – alluding to the well-known comic superhero. The professor and his research group are not... more
Foto: Tonis Pan

Off to New Systems

Biologists from Potsdam Think about Biotechnological Applications
Synthetic biology is among the latest technical developments in modern sciences. It has huge innovation potential and combines a broad spectrum of... more