Max Planck Graduate Center
Staudinger Weg 9 (Building 2413)
55128 Mainz / Germany
Phone: +49 6131 39-27283
Fax: +49 6131 39-22978
Solids Go Bio!
Enzymes belong to the most efficient catalysts known to man, but their high production costs and low stability cause severe problems. Inorganic nanoparticles on the other hand are readily available by cost-efficient synthesis and are more stable compared to their natural counterpart. In recent years, an enormous amount of inorganic nanomaterials with intrinsic enzymatic activities has been reported, which is summarized in this microreview with cover page and cover profile.
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.
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)