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News

Ice crystals: Max Planck researchers discovered that certain bacteria can affect the ordering and the dynamics of water molecules in water droplets. Thus, ice crystals develop already at zero degrees Celsius or just below, and not at minus 37 degrees Celsius as in pure water. Protein molecules at the surface of the bacteria are responsible for this process.

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Ice crystals: Max Planck researchers discovered that certain bacteria can affect the ordering and the dynamics of water molecules in water droplets. Thus, ice crystals develop already at zero degrees Celsius or just below, and not at minus 37 degrees Celsius as in pure water. Protein molecules at the surface of the bacteria are responsible for this process. [more]
Tanja Kling won the Audience Poster Prize at the CECAM Workshop 'Liquid/Solid interfaces: Structure and dynamics from spectroscopy and simulations - 3rd edition', which was held at CECAM-HQ-EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland from 25 to 27 January 2016.

Poster Award

Tanja Kling won the Audience Poster Prize at the CECAM Workshop 'Liquid/Solid interfaces: Structure and dynamics from spectroscopy and simulations - 3rd edition', which was held at CECAM-HQ-EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland from 25 to 27 January 2016. [more]
Markus Scharfenberg won a Student Poster Competition Award at the International Chemical Congress of Pacific Basin Societies 2015 (Pacifichem 2015) in Honolulu.

Poster Award

Markus Scharfenberg won a Student Poster Competition Award at the International Chemical Congress of Pacific Basin Societies 2015 (Pacifichem 2015) in Honolulu. [more]

Welcome to the Max Planck Graduate Center Mainz

PhD and research in an interdisciplinary environment

You aim at doing a PhD thesis in a highly interdisciplinary research environment in science? You would like to study in Germany but your field of interest does not really fit with the traditional categorisation into subjects like biology, chemistry, physics or medicine?

The MPGC is a virtual department across two Max Planck Institutes and four faculties of the Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz, created for interdisciplinary projects. We offer an advanced PhD program in these research topics to excellent candidates from all over the world. The Graduate Center has its own doctoral degree regulations, promoting interdisciplinary research, and awards the young scientists after a successful defense with the degree "Doktor rerum naturalium" (Dr. rer. nat.) of the University of Mainz complemented by the logo of the Max Planck Society.

The participating departments are:

  • Medicine (FB 04)
  • Physics, Mathematics and Computer Science (FB 08)
  • Chemistry, Pharmaceutical Sciences and Geosciences (FB 09)
  • Biology (FB 10)

The participating Max Planck Institutes are:

  • MPI for Chemistry (MPI-C)
  • MPI for Polymer Research (MPI-P)
 
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