Technical University of Munich (TUM)
Technische Universit?t München (TUM)


The Technical University of Munich (TUM) is one of Europe’s leading universities in science and technology, and one of Germany’s Universities of Excellence. With our research agenda “human-centered engineering“ we put people and their lives at the heart of our scientific endeavours – whether we are investigating the origins of life, matter and the universe, or looking for solutions to the major challenges for our society.

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Portrait: Technical University of Munich – 150 Years culture of excellence

1 December 2018 - 30 November 2019

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 December 2018 - 30 November 2019 which are tracked by the Nature Index.

Hover over the donut graph to view the FC 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.

Count Share
564 147.10

Outputs by subject (Share)

Subject Count Share
Chemistry 143 63.35
Physical Sciences 238 54.46
Life Sciences 200 30.14
Earth & Environmental Sciences 35 8.85

Highlight of the month

Finding stardust in Antarctica

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? Gordon Wiltsie/Getty

Dust from a supernova explosion that occurred sometime in the last 20 million years has probably been deposited in Antarctic snow in the last 20 years.

Since iron-60, a rare isotope of iron, has a half-life of 2.6 million years, traces of it left over from when the Earth was formed should have long since vanished. Thus, any iron-60 found on Earth most likely originated from interstellar space.

Now, a team that included four researchers at the Technical University of Munich scooped up half a tonne of snow that fell within the last two decades. After transporting it back to Germany, they melted it and used mass spectroscopy to analyse solids present in it.

The researchers found about 73,000 atoms of iron-60 — far more than would be expected from terrestrial sources or sources within our Solar System. They concluded that it most likely came from a supernova in a nearby galaxy.

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  1. Physics Review Letters 123, 072701 (2019). doi: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.123.072701

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1 December 2018 - 30 November 2019

International vs. domestic collaboration by Share

  • 37.1% Domestic
  • 62.9% International

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

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

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