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Human skin emits much more ammonia than the breath. The sticky molecule can spread on all surfaces and change the chemistry of our house. more

Two research aircraft investigate reduced concentrations of pollutants in the air

Joint press release of the Max Planck Institute for Chemistry and the German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR) more

Reduced air pollution by the coronavirus lockdowns leads to less premature deaths and asthma cases amongst children more

Fast reacting volatile chemicals with short atmospheric lifetimes can be smelled more sensitively than persistent ones more

There are many common household materials which block particles and droplets, and which can reduce the risk of infection from the coronavirus more

A team of scientists discovered that people carry hazardous compounds from cigarette smoke into non-smoking environments more

Researchers calculate that the effects of air pollution shorten the lives of people around the world by an average of almost three years more

During a ship expedition around the Arabian Peninsula, scientists discovered unexplainably high levels of ethane and propane in the air above the Northern Red Sea. The mysterious source of the emissions was hidden deep under the water surface. more

The Director at the Max Planck Institute for Chemistry will take over the leadership of the National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina in March 2020 more

New method improves identification and quantification of nitrogen oxide sources by satellite more

Physicist at the Max Planck Institute for Chemistry in Mainz wins James C. McGroddy Prize for New Materials more

50 years ago, Max Planck scientists were among the first to analyze lunar rock samples more

Climate researchers solve mystery of extended aerosol layer in the atmosphere more

An international research team has found that the Tagish Lake meteorite, which hit Canada 19 years ago, contains abundances of carbonaceous material formed in the outer reaches of the solar system. The discovery sheds new light on the celestial body’s origin. more

The Max Planck Planck Institute for Chemistry mourns the loss of Prof. Dr. Peter Warneck more

Meteorite analysis shows that our solar system consists of twice as much supernova dust than previously thought. more

Scientists at the Max Planck Institute for Chemistry are developing a method that enables more accurate dating of petroglyphs more

A hydrogen-rich material becomes superconductive under high pressure and at minus 23 degrees Celsius. The discovery is another important step towards reaching zero electrical resistance at temperatures relevant for energy applications. more

Fossil energy is the main source of air pollution and related health burdens more

A re-evaluation of the health risks associated with air pollution shows an unexpected high mortality risk, especially due to cardiovascular diseases

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