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DFG establishes 4 new research units
Date:4/21/2011

This release is available in German.

The Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, German Research Foundation) establishes four new Research Units. This decision has just been made by the Senate of the DFG at its meeting in Bonn in April. In Research Units, outstanding researchers work together on a current research topic, often at different locations and across disciplines. The DFG funding thereby secures the necessary staff and material equipment for the medium term. In addition, Research Units also pursue the goal of establishing new directions in research.

One of the approved Research Units deals with novel synthesis methods in chemistry, another works on "quantum diamonds". In medicine, researchers are developing new, minimally invasive surgical procedures, and an economics group is dedicated to the mechanisms in firms and markets.

In the first funding period, the new Research Units will receive a total of 10.2 million euros over a period of three years. With these, the DFG funds a total of 224 Research Units.

The new Research Units in detail (alphabetically ordered by host university):

The goal of Research Unit "Twin Polymerisation of Organic-Inorganic Hybrid Monomers into Nanocomposites" is to produce new functional hybrid materials for modern technologies and future applications in catalysis or for storing gases. In concrete terms, this involves a new synthesis concept intended to make available such materials in large quantities and with precisely defined molecular, structural and morphologic properties. For this purpose, the Research Unit builds on the "twin polymerisation" of complex hybrid monomers developed in Chemnitz. It is hoped that the findings will lead both to the improvement of established processes as well as make possible entirely new syntheses. The Research Unit thereby combines synthesis, analysi
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Contact: Dr. Eva-Maria Streier
em.streier@dfg.de
49-228-885-2250
Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft
Source:Eurekalert

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