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Max Planck Institute for Multidisciplinary Sciences

The Göttingen-based Max Planck Institutes (MPI) for Biophysical Chemistry and Experimental Medicine have merged as of January 1, 2022. This will establish a new MPI, the Max Planck Institute for Multidisciplinary Sciences. It will cover a much broader spectrum of research, thus promoting disciplinary diversity and collaboration. With a total of 16 departments and more than 25 research groups, the MPI for Multidisciplinary Sciences will be the largest institute in the Max Planck Society.

One focus of our research work is thus to develop special methods that allow insights into the world of molecules. Ultra-high resolution fluorescence microscopy, nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy, cryo-electron microscopy, and computer simulations are some of the methods that are successfully used to take a close look at proteins– the tiny nanomachines of living cells. The aim is to uncover the tricks that proteins use to perform their many functions in the cell, for example as molecular motors, chemical factories, photocells, or sensors. Our researchers are also developing novel experimental tools based on short, laser-induced electron pulses to study the structural and electronic dynamics in solids, nanostructures, and surfaces.

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