An interdisciplinary team of scientists from Stuttgart, Heidelberg, and London developed miniature magnetic nanopropellers that can deliver genetic material to cells. They used a magnetic material that outperforms the strongest known micromagnets, yet is chemically stable, non-toxic and biologically compatible. Such new nanopropellers hold great potential for biomedical applications and minimally invasive surgeries of the future.
Researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems have discovered a new mechanism of self-organization of active matter. When photochemically active nanoparticles are enclosed at high density within a drop and are exposed to UV light, a self-organized flow pattern emerges by spontaneous symmetry breaking. Furthermore, each drop communicates with neighbouring drops by exchanging chemicals, and coordination of their internal flows occurs – even when far apart.
Eunjin Choi has won the 2020 Athanasiou Student Paper Award for the work, "A High-Fidelity Phantom for the Simulation and Quantitative Evaluation of Transurethral Resection of the Prostate" published in the journal Annals of Biomedical Engineering. The authors of the work are Eunjin Choi, Stefano Palagi, Peer Fischer, Tian Qiu, and collaborators from the University Hospital Freiburg.
Vincent Kadiri, PhD student in the Micro Nano and Molecular Systems Lab, has been selected by the Lindau Meeting to participate in the 2020 Meeting of Nobel Laureates, which will be held in June.
The scientist working in the Micro, Nano, and Molecular Systems Lab at the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems in Stuttgart will be supported by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation for two years to continue his research on micro- and nano-particles manipulation, on microfluidics and high-frequency ultrasound.
Peer delivers the CMTI lecture as part of the Distinguished Lecture Series of the Centre for Nano Science and Engineering (CeNSE), at the Indian Institute of Science.
A team of scientists headed by Dr. Tian Qiu, leader of the Cyber Valley Biomedical Microsystems research group, and Professor Peer Fischer from the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems in Stuttgart have made a decisive contribution to improving complex surgical training by developing a very realistic prostate phantom. They then gave the 3D printed model to a medical team from the University of Freiburg, which practiced the surgical removal of the gland. To quantitatively evaluate the results, the group of scientists developed an automatic system to provide feedback to the trainee surgeon immediately after the training session – something that would be impossible with real tissue.
Prof. Fischer delivered the Nianqiang Lecture at the State Key Laboratory of Molecular Vaccinology and Molecular Diagnostics, and the Center for Molecular Imaging and Translational Medicine, School of Public Health, Xiamen University, Xiamen, P.R. China.
Tian Qiu has been appointed Cyber Valley Research Group Leader. He will lead the "Biomedical Microsystems" group at the University of Stuttgart. We wish him all the best!