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    Der neuartige topologische Isolator aus der Würzburger Physik: An seinen Kanten entlang fließt ein Strom aus Exziton-Polaritonen (rot), der sich kontrollieren lässt. (Bild: Karol Winkler)

    For the first time, physicists have built a unique topological insulator in which optical and electronic excitations hybridize and flow together. They report their discovery in "Nature".

    Frau, die einer anderen Frau eine Suppenschüssel reicht.

    Mental training can effectively cultivate care, compassion and even altruistically motivated behaviour psychologists from Würzburg and Leipzig have shown in a recent study.

    Harald Reinhart

    Harald Reinhart trained and completed his residency as a medical doctor in Würzburg. Today, he alternately works as a hospital doctor and as the CEO of a consulting firm, travelling between Jordan and the USA.


    A top-notch Chemist

    Zusammenschnitt: Dr. Kazunori Sugiyasu und ein Chemiegebäude der Universität Würzburg

    He received a prestigious award from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. The renowned chemist, Kazunori Sugiyasu, will now join the University of Würzburg to do research with Professor Frank Würthner.

    Fahnen der Universität Würzburg. (Foto: Daniel Peter)

    The University of Würzburg has been successful with a proposal for a research cluster in the Excellence Competition. This allows new projects to be launched in an important field of physics with great future promise.

    Blick auf die Prometheus-Figurengruppe auf dem Hauptgebäude der Universität Würzburg. (Foto: Daniel Peter)

    Upward trend continues: The latest Times Higher Education World University Ranking puts the University of Würzburg in 159th place worldwide, which is another improvement over last year.

    Eine Hand streichelt eine andere Hand

    Pain-relieving interventions trigger a learning effect in the brain which reduces pain. A new study shows that pain relief is more effective when it is provided by a stranger.

    Quinoablatt mit Blasenhaaren

    Barely heard of a couple of years ago, quinoa today is common on European supermarket shelves. The hardy plant thrives even in saline soils. Researchers from the University of Würzburg have now determined how the plant gets rid of the excess salt.

    Fluoreszenzaufnahme aus der Nierenbiopsie der DRESS-Patientin

    Human herpesviruses such as HHV-6 can remain dormant in cells for many years without being noticed. When reactivated, they can cause serious clinical conditions. Researchers from Würzburg have now found a way of differentiating between active and inactive viruses.

    Das neue Katalysatorsystem funktioniert wie ein Multifunktionswerkzeug, das die Bindungen im Wassermolekül trennt. (Bild: C. Hohmann, Nanosystems Initiative Munich NIM)

    Solar-powered water splitting is a promising means of generating clean and storable energy. A novel catalyst based on semiconductor nanoparticles has now been shown to facilitate all the reactions needed for “artificial photosynthesis”.

    Grafik Funktionsweise der Sensoren

    Researchers of the University of Würzburg have developed a method that makes it possible to measure the activation of receptors in a very short time. This might speed up the development of new drugs.

    Valérie Guérin-Sendelbach

    Valérie Guérin-Sendelbach studied political science, economics and history in Würzburg. At the age of 52, the teacher has taken a break from her job to go to Kenya with a volunteer service.

    Porträtfoto von Kenji Fukushima. (Foto: privat)

    The evolution biologist Dr. Kenji Fukushima is awarded a prize money of about 1.6 million euros by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. He will use the money to build up a new working group at the University of Würzburg.

    Blick auf das Hauptgebäude der JMU am Sanderring. (Foto: Robert Emmerich)

    The prestigious Shanghai Ranking has placed the University of Würzburg among the world’s top 200 universities – as one of three Bavarian and 14 German universities.