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in2science #6

The moving strand and sleepless in the laboratory

Issue #6 of in2science has been published. The Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht’s magazine contains original concepts for protecting the environment and inventive ideas for moving polymer strands.


Biomaterial Science

Turning and buckling, stretching and unfurling: for once this isn’t about the Football World Cup, but about a polymer strand, which the scientists at the Teltow location have made to move. Actuators, as these shape-memory polymers are called, change their shape. In several articles, we present the lively ideas stemming from the researchers at the Institute of Biomaterial Science. The Photo Feature provides readers a glimpse into the institute’s laboratories. The Italian robotics expert Dr Barbara Mazzolai discusses in an interview what plants and soft robots have in common and what role the polymer materials from Teltow play in the matter.


Karl Ulrich Kainer, the “Godfather of Magnesium” is a man with ideas. The director of the Magnesium Innovation Centre (MagIC) is considered a luminary in the magnesium scene. We have dedicated one “Portrait” section to him, and another to coastal researcher Johannes Bieser, a man on on the move in the expanses of science.

Coastal Research

For in2science, three experts from the Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht present their special perspectives on offshore wind farms and explain the successes and setbacks in research for the energy transition.

Materials Research

Using a clever idea, corrosion expert Sviatlana Lamaka aims to develop chromate-free replacements for magnesium coatings. She has already spent many sleepless nights at the microscope in pursuit of her environmentally friendly protective coatings.

In the article on research at our beamlines in Hamburg, you can read about how materials research always strives toward the stronger, tougher, and harder. Dr Christina Krywka and Dr Jozef Keckes have developed a globally unique combination of measurement methods to examine the behaviour of materials.

Read online

Here you can find the entire issue: in2science – The Magazine about People with Ideas