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Research in and high above the Amazon rainforest

International team investigates chemical processes in the atmosphere in Brazil more

A Traveler from the Edge of the Solar System

Iron isotopes in samples from asteroid Ryugu suggest its origin to lie beyond the orbits of Jupiter and Saturn more

Expanding open access to scientific knowledge and discussion

Conference of the European Geosciences Union (EGU) at the Max Planck Institute for Chemistry to further develop and promote interactive open access publishing with transparent peer review and public discussion
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Yafang Cheng 2

Yafang Cheng is honored for outstanding scientific achievements with admission to the Earth & Cosmic Sciences Section of the Academia Europaea. more

dust over Middle East

In the Middle East, more than 90 percent of the fine aerosol particles that are detrimental to health and the climate originate from human-made sources more

Scientific Openness and Integrity: Two Decades of Interactive Open Access Publishing and Open Peer Review

From book printing to the free distribution of scientific publications on the internet developed in the City of Gutenberg: Celebrations at the Max Planck Institute for Chemistry in Mainz on 19 September 2022  more

artificial rainforest

Ecosystem changes can be more accurately predicted by emissions of chiral compounds more

Overall warming of up to 5°C in this century projected for the Eastern Mediterranean and Middle East

Unprecedented and societally disruptive extreme weather events, including heat waves, droughts, dust storms and torrential rains, will soon become a reality unless immediate, ambitious, and transboundary climate action is taken, warns latest scientific assessment of state-of-climate in the region. more

oxidation field between peple, graphic.

Rethinking indoor air chemistry

September 01, 2022

People generate their own oxidation field and change the indoor air chemistry around them more

Enhanced ocean oxygenation during Cenozoic warm periods

Earth’s past warm periods witnessed the shrinkage of the open ocean’s oxygen-deficient zones. more

The HALO research aircraft launched into an almost empty airspace during the Corona lockdown in May 2020. The aircraft investigated the influence of limited mobility on air quality during the Bluesky research campaign.

Lockdowns in early summer 2020 meant that the amount of soot in the atmosphere, which is harmful to the climate and to health, almost halved more

More supernova dust in the solar system

Ion probe studies and improved stellar nucleosynthesis models are providing new insights into our solar system’s stardust more

Particle phase chemistry enables soot to better seed clouds

New study challenges current understanding of the formation mechanism of atmospheric secondary organic aerosol – Particle chemistry appears to have a strong influence on the climate impact of soot and organic aerosols from wildfires or anthropogenic combustion sources  more

Resin leaks from a damaged conifer.

Researchers develop a highly sensitive novel technique capable of detecting chiral molecules within complex gas mixtures more

Looking forward to taking part in this year's Nobel Laureate Meeting: atmospheric chemist Clara Nussbaumer (on the left) and polymer scientist Tilmann Herberger.

PhD students from the two Max Planck Institutes in Mainz will be attending the Nobel Laureate Meeting in Lindau between June 26 and July 1 more

Honorary doctorate for fire ecologist

Greek University honors Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. mult. Johann Georg Goldammer for his fire ecological research more

Chemical triad forms seeds for clouds

Synergistic particle formation in the upper troposphere by nitric acid, sulfuric acid and ammonia more

Dust catchers: Biological crusts strengthen the soil in dry areas and play an important role for the climate

Study brings comprehensive facts and figures on the importance of biological soil crusts for the regional and global dust cycle more

Man and Woman in bed smiling at each other lovingly

Love is in the air

April 28, 2022

Sexual arousal can be determined from breath
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artificial hail

Vertical wind tunnel at Mainz University supplies important data to facilitate the prediction of heavy rain, hail, and graupel precipitation more

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