People & Visions

Behind every innovation is an individual with a vision. Here we talk about the innovative thinkers behind scientific solutions and show how they are using their research to shape the future.

Dishwashing detergents

The potential of biosurfactants

The Unilever expert Bert Nijhuis about rhamnolipids and environmentally friendly products.

Corporate Foresight

The Development of Hygiene

From bacterial infections to COVID-19, advances in hygiene have always played a key role in the fight against disease.

In my Element

"Iron forms the basis of my collection"

Hermann Sicius collects chemical elements. What fascinates him about them, and which element is the most valuable one?

Resources

Burgers from Bacteria

The Finnish company Solar Foods has developed a food that could revolutionize our nutrition while protecting the environment.

Lithium-ion batteries

Nobel Prize 2019

The invention of the lithium-ion battery

How the recipients of this year’s Nobel Prize in Chemistry advanced the development of the lithium-ion battery.

Quantum computer IBM Q System One

Corporate Foresight

Beyond the supercomputer

Foresight Manager Björn Theis explains how quantum computers are opening up completely new possibilities to researchers.

Corporate Foresight

Extreme extremities

How can thoughts control a prosthesis? Polymers are becoming the “connectors” between human beings and prostheses.

Corporate Foresight

Cadmium and Nickel fresh from the field

A visionary approach: Can plants absorb harmful substances and thus detoxify soil?

Polyamide 12

People and visions: 3D Printing

In focus: Innovations in additive manufacturing – and the people who are driving this mega trend.

Innovation culture

People and visions: Innovations for daily life

In focus: Inspiring people whose innovative ideas have enriched our daily lives.

Element Gallium

In my element

“I’m a 14-year-old chemistry student”

Alexander Mottl is studying chemistry at the University of Bochum—at the age of 14. His special focus is on rare metals such as gallium.

In my element

“How we discovered Darmstadtium”

The nuclear physicist Prof. Sigurd Hofmann on a new element that he was allowed to name after his home town.

In my Element

“Gold was created in outer space”

This precious metal lies deep underground, but it originated in the depths of space. How? Professor Stephan Rosswog explains.

In my element

"Our molecule will make it in the textbooks"

How chemist Moritz Malischewski discovered a whole new side to carbon.

In my element

"Arsenic solves the riddle of hidden gold"

Dr. Christof Kusebauch has discovered the role played by arsenic in the accumulation of large gold deposits.

In my element

“I would like to get people hooked on physics”

Nitrogen ist very important for Matthias Salewski – not only as a researcher, but also an entertainer on stage.

In my element

“My fate depends on hydrogen”

Kurt Frieden likes to get carried away through the air by hydrogen – the lightest element on earth.

From YuMi to BINA48

Visions of a smart future

Find out why Astro Teller celebrates failed projects and how the robots Bina48 and YuMi get close to human beings.

Knowledge Storage

All issues of Elements in the archive

You will find an overview of the previous issues of Elements here.

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