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March 2015

JKU Study: Business Start-Ups: Success Begins with Self-Discipline

One of the main objectives of economic policy is to spur the number of successful and sustainable new businesses. This also requires people who dare to take the next step. Many people would like to start their own business but what kind of personality traits determine who can really put their plan into action? Together with researchers at universities in Finland and the Netherlands, researchers at the Johannes Kepler University (JKU) Linz have been exploring this question. The compelling findings have now been published in the renowned “Journal of Business Venturing” and “Entrepreneurship, Theory & Practice”.

Please see the press release and attachment below for more information. Photo free of charge, credit: JKU.

Register Online for the Medical Degree Program at the JKU by March 31, 2015

Register online to apply for a spot in the Human Medicine degree program at the Faculty of Medicine, Johannes Kepler University (JKU) Linz by March 31, 2105. Prospective applicants can sign up at: www.jku-medizin.at.

Research at the JKU: The “Random Laser” – An Optical Pinball Machine

When the laser was invented during the middle of the last century, the trade press bemoaned, “The laser seems to be a solution searching for a problem.” Meanwhile, it is impossible to even count how many areas lasers are involved in, be it in medicine, material processing, as part of a printer, in CD players, or inside of barcode readers. Laser research in the field of laser physics is also being conducted at the Johannes Kepler University (JKU) Linz, and with great success.

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Photo 1: DI Claudia Gollner
Photo 2: Schematic representation of the amplification mechanism based on AFM (atomic force microscopy) image

Atomic force microscopy of a sample surface in which light (violet arrow) is multiply scattered on an irregular surface (cracks) until it is reinforced and then exits the surface. The enlargement shows a scanning electron microscope image of colloidal quantum dots with an average radius of 6.5 nanometers.

DI Gollner’s research presentation is one of three projects nominated for the "Wilhelm Macke Award". The presentations, including selection of the winner, will take place at the JKU on Thursday, April 9, at 2:00 PM in HS 16. Detailed information is available in the invitation (second attachment).

JKU Researchers Resolve the Mystery of Cellular Water Transport

Ancient Greek philosopher Heraclitus believed "Panta rhei" – "everything flows", which is especially true when it comes to the water in our bodies. The question, however, has always been just how exactly is water transported in and out of cells. A new study by the Institute for Biophysics at the Johannes Kepler University (JKU) Linz has figured out how water bearing proteins function. The findings were published for the scientific community in the renowned scientific journal “Science Advances”.

Surface Analysis Technology at the JKU: Keeping the Paint On

Can surface and coating technology be considered an exciting field of study? A sphere 1 cm in diameter has just ten-thousandth per mil of atoms on the surface. Why bother focusing on the “few”? The team at the Center for Surface and Nanoanalytics at the Johannes Kepler University (JKU) Linz, however, pays great attention to surface technology as the right treatment determines whether or not paint or implants hold well.
 
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Photo 1: DI Theresia Greunz
Photo 2: Treated surface

Fishing for Happiness – Research on “Happiness Hormone”

Serotonin. It is found in walnuts, bananas, and chocolate. Popularly referred to as the "happiness hormone", serotonin can be found in our cardiovascular system, gastrointestinal tract, and even in our brain. A lack of serotonin can often lead to moodiness, depression, and anxiety. Serotonin is a neurotransmitter that transmits signals across a synapse from one nerve cell to another. The amount is controlled by highly specific protein molecules (serotonin transporters) in the cell membrane, an important target for medications so they can be effective. In this regard, researchers at Johannes Kepler University (JKU) Linz are working hard to learn more about these molecules.

DI Karner’s research presentation is one of three projects nominated for the "Wilhelm Macke Award". The presentations, including selection of the winner, will take place at the JKU on Thursday, April 9, at 2:00 PM in HS 16

Photos free of charge

Credit Photo Andreas Karner: Raphael Hobbinger/Macke Foundation
Credit Photo Molecules: Fotolia

Global Digital Hydraulics Workshop at the JKU

60 of the world’s leading academic, scientific, and industrial experts in the field of digital hydraulics attended this year’s “Digital Fluid Power” workshop at the Johannes Kepler University (JKU) Linz. The participants came from Brazil, Bulgaria, Denmark, Germany Finland, France, Japan, Russia, Sweden, England, and the USA, making Linz the world center of digital hydraulics from February 26-27, 2015.

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Photo free of charge, credit: LCM/Eder; from left: Univ.Prof. Dr. Gabriele Anderst-Kotsis (Vice-Rector for Research at the JKU), DI Dr. Bernd Winkler (Linz Center of Mechatronics Ltd.), Univ. Prof. DI Dr. Rudolf Scheidl, head of the Institute for Machine Design and Hydraulic Drives (JKU)

JKU Researcher Successfully Prints Electronic Components

Producing geometrically simple conductors (such as those used in sensors, for example, antennas, and other electronic components) can be time consuming. DI Christoph Beisteiner (Institute for Measurement Technology, Johannes Kepler University (JKU) Linz) found it to be too time-consuming and has developed a method to print frequently used electronic components using a normal commercial inkjet printer.

See the press release below for detailed information. Photos free of charge, credit: JKU.