NRW nanoconference 2018

The NRW Nano Conference is Germany’s largest conference with international appeal in the field of nanotechnologies. It takes place every two years at changing locations. More than 700 experts from science, industry and politics meet for two days to promote research and application of the key technology at the network meeting.

The Fraunhofer IAF is coordinating the joint project »DiaPol«. As part of the project, researchers combine the classical MRI method with a nanodiamond polarisator. romaset –

With nanodiamond the tumor tissue can be detected sooner and distinguished better from the healthy surrounding tissue. Aiming at an improvement of the MRI procedure in the joint project »DiaPol« Fraunhofer IAF cooperates with the University of Ulm, the company NVision Imaging Technologies GmbH, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and the Israeli Center for Advanced Diamond Technologies (ICDAT). The novel technology offers great opportunities: the extremely precise and quickly available results make it possible to adjust the treatment of the tumor tissue to the patient in a significantly more efficient way than it has ever been possible with previous methods.

Moss plants on a Petri dish. Photo: Sigrid Gombert (University of Freiburg)

Scientists find proteins important for plant development, DNA repair and gene targeting. All living cells have invented mechanisms to protect their DNA against breaks during duplication and against damage by UV-light or chemicals. A team of biologists led by Prof. Dr. Ralf Reski from the Faculty of Biology of the University of Freiburg, Germany has now found that members of the RecQ family function in development, DNA repair and gene targeting in the moss Physcomitrella patens.

The OptisCell process is designed for fully automated operation and works without any markers or contact. © Fraunhofer ILT, Aachen, Germany.

At this year’s analytica trade fair in Munich, three Fraunhofer Institutes will be presenting a project from pre-competitive research. Biologists, computer scientists and laser experts have developed a process to analyze and select cells and then examine their protein production. In pharmaceutical research, this will make it possible to develop active ingredients much faster than before.