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ERC Synergy Grant for former MPSD postdoc Eike C. Schulz

Former MPSD scientist Eike C. Schulz is part of a German-Danish-Swedish research team selected for an ERC Synergy Grant to shed light on the binding process of proteins. The time-resolved serial spectroscopy method he developed at the Institute will form part of an advanced tool kit to observe protein activity.  more

X-ray screening for Covid drugs

X-ray screening has revealed several promising candidates for drugs against the coronavirus. The collaborative DESY-led study, which involved the MPSD and many other organisations, discovered seven substances which inhibit the activity of the main protease and thus slow down the multiplication of the virus. Two of them are particularly promising candidates. more

Seeing protein crystals in a different light

Although they operate on very different timescales, synchrotrons and XFELs can produce data of equivalent quality as long as serial data collection is used in the imaging process, according to a new study. The findings open up a new avenue for collaborative applications. more

New method for diffraction of ultrathin water layer in the TEM

MPSD researchers develop a new method for water diffraction in transmission electron microscopes. Their work has appeared as a featured article in the Journal of Chemical Physics. more

Observing Hund's Rule in action

Electron spin is one of the most fundamental quantities defining the properties of molecules. A new study by a research team from Germany, Canada, Poland, and Lebanon offers a detailed understanding on how changes in spin states affect the nuclear configuration as a probe of the change in electron distribution by directly observing the atomic motions and changes in the molecular structure, driven by change in electron spin. more

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