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called ice nuclei trigger the formation of ice in clouds, many aspects of atmospheric ice nuclei remain unclear, including the frequency of their occurrence, size, and chemical composition. Drawing on research findings, the researchers want to simulate cloud processes to identify the roles of different types of ice nuclei and freezing modes. (Spokesperson: Prof. Joachim Curtius, Johann Wolfgang Goethe University in Frankfurt am Main)

Classical approaches to describing plasticity have proven inadequate in the increasingly important area of micro-scale components in micro-systems technology. The Research Unit "Dislocation-based Plasticity" will seek to bridge the divide between the various approaches to describing plasticity which has existed for decades. The Unit hopes to develop a new theory that will enable researchers to reliably predict the micro-plasticity of mono- and polycrystalline materials. Studies conducted by the Unit will combine a range of simulation processes with targeted experiments on nano-structured materials and thin layers. (Spokesperson: Professor Dr.-Ing. Peter Gumbsch, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology)

"INTERNANO" is the name of a new Research Unit which aims to assess the behaviour of nano-particles in soil and their interaction with sediments by studying four anorganic, synthetic nano-particles. The Unit hopes to identify processes that affect the flow of nano-particles in the aquatic-terrestrial ecosystem interface, and its research findings are expected to offer insights into the ecological impacts and potential contamination risks of nano-particles. Researchers from the fields of water science, soil research, ecology and microbiology will participate in research carried out by the Unit. (Spokesperson: Prof. Gabriele Schaumann, University of Koblenz-Landau)

The Research Unit "Unravelling the Prokaryotic Immune System" will bring together experts from the fields of microbiology, bio-informatics, structural biolog

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