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During a visit by the Ministries for Science, Research and Art as well as for Environment, Climate and Energy Industry Baden-Württemberg on 31st March 2014, the Chairman of the California Energy Commission, Robert B. Weisenmiller, was a guest at the University of Stuttgart. Weisenmiller, whose position within the US State corresponds to that of an energy minister, inspected together with the Minister of Science Theresia Bauer the Stuttgart driving simulator, the research fuelling station for electric mobility, a gas-hybrid vehicle, as well as the vehicle wind tunnel. A flying visit to the student “Green-Team“ with its electric racing car as well as to the students of the Drive-E academy taking place at the same time was on the agenda as well. The attention of the visit was focused on the strengths of Baden-Württemberg in science and business in the fields of the energy turnaround and electric mobility as well as identifying cooperation possibilities.
Together with three companies the Institute for Aircraft Construction (IFB) at the University of Stuttgart researched the automated conversion of components for aeronautical applications with a high lightweight potential, such as for example structures of aircraft seats or reinforcements of window frames. The efficiency of the automation process as well as the quality and functionality of the products resulting from this is to be increased through a number of further developments. The objective of the project going by the name of “3D TFP“ is the material-efficient manufacturing of the products as well as a sustainable reduction in CO2 emissions in flight operations.
Tumour cells shut down certain genes in the course of the progressing degeneration or mutate these, a process that considerably accelerates the growth of the tumour. An important role in this process is played by epigenetic factors and thereby in particular DNA methyl transferase (Dnmts), i.e. enzymes that transmit methyl groups on nucleic bases of the DNA. A research group at the Chair for Biochemistry at the University of Stuttgart (Head Prof. Albert Jeltsch) is now investigating in a new project the influence of mutations in the DNA methyl transferase Dnmt3a, that are observed in many leukaemias. The scientists want to elucidate how these modifications contribute towards cancer developing.
In 2013 the Federal President for Technology and Innovation honoured the further development of ultra-short laser pulses (UKP lasers) from a research tool into a successful tool in series production with the German Future Prize. A team of researchers at the Institute for Beam Tools (IFSW) at the University of Stuttgart has now succeeded in taking a further quantum leap in this field of technology that has become so important for highly precise material processing: for the first time the scientists processed carbon fibre-reinforced plastics (CFRP) with a laser of pulse length eight picoseconds with a mean power of up to 1.4 kilowatt and pulse energies of up to 4.5 millijoules (mJ). This combination was able to be achieved for the first time worldwide. The high pulse energies are more favourable than a high pulse frequency for many applications and especially for processing CFRP.