Technical University of Munich (TUM)
Technische Universität München (TUM)

Germany

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The Technical University of Munich (TUM) is one of Europe’s leading research universities. Its unparalleled range of disciplines covers engineering and natural sciences, life sciences and medicine, management and social sciences – a combination found nowhere else in Germany.

Interdisciplinary solutions to future challenges

TUM draws on this unique breadth in fostering an interdisciplinary approach to research and teaching. TUM focuses on the following strategic areas for tomorrow’s society: energy & natural resources, environment & climate, health & nutrition, mobility & infrastructure, information & communication. At the same time, the university addresses the crucial societal aspects of new technologies.
www.tum.de

Excellence in research

TUM has an excellent track record in research, both in basic science and in application-oriented technologies. It is one of Germany's top-ranked universities and places among the top five technical universities in Europe. Consistently strong results in international university rankings, awards at the EU level, and statistics on third-party research funding all substantiate TUM’s success.
www.tum.de/rankings

Promoting talent diversity

TUM focuses on promoting the diversity of individual talents on all levels, from first-semester students to world-renowned scientists. Its outstanding course offering is strongly oriented toward research and, at the same time, tightly coupled to practical experience. TUM gives its students room to live out their passion for science: Students work on developments such as space elevators, robots, and gas turbines in autonomous research groups that carry on for generations.

In Europe, only Cambridge and Oxford surpass TUM when it comes to producing high-quality graduates – according to the 2015 “Global Employability University Ranking.” This outstanding performance is partly attributable to individual support measures including mentoring and career advice.
www.tum.de/studies

Awakening the entrepreneurial spirit

Ever since 1870, when Carl von Linde invented his refrigeration machine at TUM and founded the company that went on to become Linde AG, technology transfer has been one of TUM’s central aims. TUM cultivates intensive exchanges with a number of companies oriented toward common interests – through a wide variety of cooperation programs, targeted research projects, and jointly run laboratories.

Furthermore, the university inspires and empowers its students and researchers to think and act entrepreneurially. It also systematically supports patent applications and spin-offs. Since 1990, TUM has been the launch pad for over 800 companies.
www.tum.de/entrepreneurship

A global university

TUM is an international university with a high proportion of foreign students and researchers as well as more than 150 partner universities around the globe. With the founding of TUM Asia in 2012 in Singapore, it became the first German university to establish an overseas campus. TUM also has offices in Brussels, Cairo, Mumbai, Beijing, San Francisco, and São Paulo. By 2020, most of its Master’s programs will be conducted in English – today's international language of science.
www.tum.de/global

Driving the advance of science in Germany

TUM is an entrepreneurial university. Instead of relying solely on the German state, it takes responsibility for its own success, confronts international competition, and develops new ideas in the area of science management. TUM has been driving reforms in Germany's science system for the past 20 years. For instance, its tenure track system, unique in Germany, offers young professors who meet the highest performance standards a clear path to attractive career prospects.
www.tum.de/tenure-track

Recipient of top awards

TUM was awarded the title of “University of Excellence” in 2006 and 2012 in recognition of its innovative, dynamic culture. Far from resting on its laurels, though, TUM remains entreprenturial – constantly striving to reach new heights.
www.exzellenz.tum.de

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1 October 2016 - 30 September 2017

Region: Global
Subject/journal group: All

The table to the right includes counts of all research outputs for Technical University of Munich (TUM) published between 1 October 2016 - 30 September 2017 which are tracked by the Nature Index.

Hover over the donut graph to view the WFC output for each subject. Below, the same research outputs are grouped by subject. Click on the subject to drill-down into a list of articles organized by journal, and then by title.

Note: Articles may be assigned to more than one subject area.

AC FC WFC
443 118.09 111.52

Outputs by subject (WFC)

Subject AC FC WFC
Physical Sciences 238 55.47 48.89
Chemistry 116 52.88 52.88
Life Sciences 119 23.63 23.63
Earth & Environmental Sciences 9 1.52 1.52

Highlight of the month

Another twist on DNA origami

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© KTSDESIGN/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY/Getty

Combining DNA origami technology with colloidal science could lead to new materials with unique optical properties.

Researchers at the Technical University of Munich in Germany, and colleagues in the US, used folded DNA filaments in suspension to assemble ribbons, two-dimensional membranes, and liquid crystals with helical structures. A DNA double helix is formed by compounds in each strand binding with a complementary compound in the other strand. This makes single DNA strands a useful scaffold for holding molecules in place and for constructing materials from the bottom up.

So far, organizing these structures into macroscopic materials has been challenging. By treating the DNA filaments as colloids in suspension, the team was able to combine methods of two scientific fields to construct fine-tunable shapes whose properties can be measured.

Their method could be extended to assemble origami-based plasmonic materials that might have interesting photonic properties related to the detection, generation and manipulation of light.

Supported content

  1. Nature Materials 16, 849–856 (2017). doi: 10.1038/NMAT4909

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1 October 2016 - 30 September 2017

International vs. domestic collaboration by WFC

  • 38.81% Domestic
  • 61.19% International

Note: Hover over the graph to view the percentage of collaboration.

Note: Collaboration is determined by the weighted fractional count (WFC), which is listed in parentheses.

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