The Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry

The MPI for Multidisciplinary Natural Sciences was founded on January 1, 2022 through the merger of two existing Göttingen institutes, the MPI for Biophysical Chemistry and the MPI for Experimental Medicine. The two locations of the institutes remained as City Campus and Fassberg Campus.

At the institute, we explore scientific questions ranging from physics and chemistry to structural and cell biology, neuroscience and biomedical research. Basic research in the natural sciences can thus be linked even more effectively with bais medical research approaches.

We are guided by the conviction that great scientific discoveries can be achieved when scientists from different disciplines and research cultures - such as physics, chemistry and biology - work together and exchange ideas in an unbiased way.

This is one of the reasons why scientific breakthroughs have been achieved at our institute time and again, such as relaxation methods that allow extremely fast reactions to be measured (Nobel Prize to physical chemist Manfred Eigen 1967), the patch-clamp method for measuring ionic currents on cell membranes (Nobel Prize to physicist Erwin Neher and physician Bert Sakmann 1991), microscopy on the nanometer scale, which allows resolution down to a few nanometers (Nobel Prize to physicist Stefan W. Hell 2014) as well as nuclear magnetic resonance, nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy, optical spectroscopy or computer simulations.

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