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Colourful, not blue: the colour palette of the sea

Whether a child or artist: water is depicted in blue. Water, however, is colourless. Sometimes lakes, rivers or coastal waters appear rather green, brown, grey, black or even red. Scientists in the Remote Sensing department use the varying colours of water to address exciting research questions, as it is from its colour that certain water properties can be derived. The researchers travel to, on and over the water and take water samples with them to the laboratory. In addition to the “colour” of the water, they measure concentrations of different particulate matter, algae (chlorophyll) and organic degradation products, such as gelbstoff and the optical properties. more

Magnesium: Solutions in Medicine

The photostory from in2science #9 about research on biodegradable magnesium implants.

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The Artificial Leaf

When it comes to renewable energies, hydrogen as an energy carrier can't be ignored. HZG scientists are working on a climate-neutral method of producing hydrogen in which sunlight is directly utilised to split water: this is known as photoelectrochemical water splitting. more

The Hall of the Multi-Talented

The most improbable composites are researched here: metal with plastic, carbon with aluminium or titanium with steel. more

Actuators: Shape-memory polymers with the ability to switch back and forth

Scientists at the Institute of Biomaterial Science in Teltow teach specific polymers, so-called shape-memory
polymers, to move. These are also called actuators. How they work exactly is shown in the photo story in in2science #6. more

Mission: searching for pollutants in the Baltic Sea

44 stations, eight ports and one ship:
Scientists from the Department for Environmental Chemistry at the Institute of Coastal Research are on a ten-day sampling campaign from Peenemünde to Flensburg – on the HZG research ship LUDWIG PRANDTL. The researchers are taking samples along the coast of the Baltic Sea and the important riverine inflows to investigate levels and distribution of pollutants. more

From Small Metal Granules Comes Medical Technology

Materials researchers produce small screws based on a magnesium-titanium alloy using powder metallurgical methods. The staff in the Department of Materials Design and Characterisation at the Institute of Materials Research develop these implant prototypes and determine the alloys’ material properties. They need to be particularly clever when it comes to magnesium. The procedure itself is called metal injection moulding (MIM). [i]All photos: HZG/Christian Schmid[/i] more

The Perfect Polymer

Between molecular kitchen and thermal mixer: The Geesthacht polymer researchers have some good recipes for new materials. more

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Lightweight engineering with magnesium

Magnesium sheet metals can be produced with the institute’s own casting-rolling unit (“RollMag”) and can subsequently undergo scientific study. We are thus moving closer to the economic application of magnesium sheet metals. more

groundbreaking ceremony Biomedical Technology Centre III

The Institute of Biomaterial Science of the Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht in Teltow will hold its groundbreaking ceremony for the construction of the new Biomedical Technology Centre III on June 13th, 2014. The event marks the third phase of construction at the Teltow research campus and will be attended by Brandenburg’s Research Secretary Dr. Sabine Kunst and by Chairman of the Board at the Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht, Assistant Secretary Wilfried Kraus. more

Live Experiment: Detective Work with X-rays

Measurement devices with which materials can be processed and characterised live within the synchrotron beam. more