Anything that destroys bacteria or suppresses their growth or their ability to reproduce. This is an industry segment where nanotechnology is expected to play a big role.

  • For Bacteria, the Neighbors Co-determine Which Cell Dies First: The Physiology of Survival

    Co-author Elena Biselli at the microscope. Image: A. Heddergott / TUM

    Bacteria do not simply perish in hunger phases fortuitously; rather, the surrounding cells have a say as well. A research team from the Technical University of Munich (TUM) has now discovered that two factors, above all, decide over life and death: the energy required to continue living and the efficiency with which surviving cells can recycle biomass from dead cells.

  • Insect Antibiotic Provides New Way to Eliminate Bacteria

    The spined soldier bug Podisus maculiventris produces thanatin. (nrpphoto/

    An antibiotic called thanatin attacks the way the outer membrane of Gram-negative bacteria is built. Researchers at the University of Zurich have now found out that this happens through a previously unknown mechanism. Thanatin, produced naturally by the spined soldier bug, can therefore be used to develop new classes of antibiotics.

  • Nanofarbriken zum Schutz vor bakterieller Besiedlung

    Prof. Dr. Sebastian Polarz.

    Forschungspreis der Dr. Karl Helmut Eberle-Stiftung vergibt 300.000 Euro Fördermittel an der Universität Konstanz für das Jahr 2016. Die Dr. Karl Helmut Eberle-Stiftung vergibt erstmals ihren Preis für herausragende wissenschaftliche Vorhaben an Wissenschaftlerinnen und Wissenschaftler der Universität Konstanz. Die im Jahr 2016 mit 300.000 Euro dotierte Auszeichnung erhalten der Chemiker Prof. Dr. Sebastian Polarz und der Biologe PD Dr. David Schleheck für ein gemeinsames interdisziplinäres Projekt zum Schutz vor bakterieller Besiedelung auf Oberflächen. Dazu werden sie sogenannte Nanofabriken entwickeln.