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Researchers develop chip-scale optical abacus

Calculating with light pulses / Towards the computer of tomorrow
Illustration of a chip-scale optical abacus with integrated optical waveguides. The memory cells are located at the crossings. The abacus is shown for demonstration – the colours of the digits are reflected in four of the memory cells.<address>© WWU/Johannes Feldmann</address>
© WWU/Johannes Feldmann

A team of researchers led by Prof. Wolfram Pernice from the Institute of Physics at Münster University has developed a miniature abacus on a microchip which calculates using light signals. With it they are paving the way to the development of new types of computer in which, as in the human brain, the computing and storage functions are combined in one element.

Excellence Strategy: Threefold success for the University of Münster

Experts select three applications from Münster for the final round / Rector Johannes Wessels: “A very pleasing result”
<address>© WWU - Judith Kraft</address>
© WWU - Judith Kraft

A threefold success for the University of Münster in the Excellence Strategy: in a preliminary decision, an international committee of experts has assessed three of the four draft proposals submitted by the University for Clusters of Excellence as being promising. The committee has called on each of the research teams to submit detailed applications for funding by 21 February 2018.

New method of analysing lymphoedema

Münster researchers develop a new diagnostic imaging technique for lymphoedema
3D computer reconstruction of a healthy human skin biobsy. Spatial arrangement of blood vessels (white) and lymphatic vessels (red) is distinctly visible.<address>© JCI Insight</address>
© JCI Insight

Researchers at the Cells-in-Motion Cluster of Excellence have developed a new method for producing digital 3D reconstructions of blood and lymphatic vessels from tissue samples and then creating images of them for analysis. The study has been published in the “JCI Insight” journal.

Münster University’s Professor Frank Glorius receives Arthur C. Cope Scholar Award

Recognition for research undertaken in the field of organic chemistry
Prof. Frank Glorius<address>© Dr. Peter Dziemba</address>
© Dr. Peter Dziemba

A major honour for Frank Glorius: the Professor of Organic Chemistry at the University of Münster has been accorded an Arthur C. Cope Scholar Award by the American Chemical Society (ACS). The award is conferred for outstanding achievements in organic chemistry and is worth $45,000.

Chemists of the University of Münster develope a new method for the formation of fluorinated molecular rings

Sought-after compounds readily accessible for the first time / Science publication as “breakthrough”
Prof. Frank Glorius, Dr. Wei Li, Dr. Zackaria Nairoukh, Mario Wiesenfeldt<address>© Dr. Peter Dziemba</address>
© Dr. Peter Dziemba

Chemists led by Prof. Frank Glorius from the University of Münster have developed a new and practical synthetic method for the formation of fluorinated three-dimensional “saturated” molecular ring structures. This development can have great importance for the efficient production of new molecules and, consequently, new drugs, crop protection agents and functional materials.

New study on the regulation of seed dormancy in plants

Researchers decode function of protein / Published in “Nature Communications”
Dr. Guillaume Née and Prof. Iris Finkemeier hold up the objects of their research: specimens of the thale cress (the small plants) which they have been analysing. Growing in the large pots are rapeseed plants. The DOG1 protein is conserved in rapeseed as well.<address>© WWU - Peter Grewer</address>
© WWU - Peter Grewer

Seed dormancy helps to determine whether plants successfully reproduce. An international team of researchers around Prof. Iris Finkemeier from Münster University, now has some new findings on molecular control. One of the things the researchers show is how two signalling pathways which lead to seed dormancy are connected with each other.

University closes non-approved facility for laboratory mice

By order of the local Veterinary Office after tip-off from within Faculty / Rector: "We are appalled at this breach of trust"
The main building of the Faculty of Medicine<address>© WWU/Peter Grewer</address>
© WWU/Peter Grewer

The Faculty of Medicine at the University of Münster has, by order of the local Veterinary Office, closed with immediate effect a non-approved facility for laboratory mice at one of the Faculty’s institutes.

Jupiter is the oldest planet of the Solar System

Cosmochemists from Münster precisely date Jupiter’s formation for the first time
Close-up view of Jupiter from &quot;Voyager 1&quot;<address>© NASA</address>
© NASA

Jupiter is the oldest planet of the Solar System, as scientists from the University of Münster now found out. They determined Jupiter’s age using meteorites and showed: At four million years after Solar System formation Jupiter was fully formed.

A protein that degrades nerve processes

How does the nervous system develop? / Study at “Cells in Motion” Cluster of Excellence
Left: Sensory neuron of a drosophila larva. Centre: In the pupal phase cell processes normally degenerate. Right: Nerve cells lacking the protein PAR-1 exhibit strong dendrite degeneration defects.<address>© Svende Herzmann et al./Embo Journal</address>
© Svende Herzmann et al./Embo Journal

During development, some of the connections between nerve cells disappear. Researchers at the Cells-in-Motion Cluster of Excellence have discovered a physiological process that plays an important role in this. The study has appeared in the “Embo Journal”.

"Blumenberg Lectures“: Metaphors of Community Spirit – Contesting Common Ground

International experts will address various social and political issues in the exhibition
Blumenberg Lectures 2017<address>© WWU</address>
© WWU

The University of Münster (WWU), in cooperation with the artistic directors of the Skulptur Projekte, will present the “Blumenberg Lectures” during the exhibition period. In this series of ten lectures international experts will address various social and political issues in the exhibition and discuss them from the perspective of their own disciplines.

Chemists receive Awards

International Precious Metal Institute honors Prof. Dr. Frank Glorius and PhD-student Johannes Ernst
PhD-student Johannes Ernst (l.) und Prof. Frank Glorius<address>© WWU/AK Glorius</address>
© WWU/AK Glorius

Two chemists from Münster receive awards from the International Precious Metals Institute: Prof. Frank Glorius, from the Organic Chemistry Institute, will receive the Faculty Advisor Award. His PhD-student Johannes Ernst will be awarded a Student Award.

Cells-in-Motion Cluster of Excellence funds five innovative projects by young researchers

50,000 euros for junior researchers
Chemist Rebecca Buchholz (left) and physician Dr. Max Masthoff (right) are receiving funding for their first independent research project. They are developing a new contrast agent for MRI images<address>© CiM/Jean-Marie Tronquet</address>
© CiM/Jean-Marie Tronquet

Usually, interdisciplinary research is especially innovative. This is why the Cells-in-Motion Cluster of Excellence is funding five new pilot projects. Young researchers from several different disciplines have to apply for and implement the projects, for which they are themselves responsible.

"And keep your trousers on, Maximilian!"

Psychologist Prof. Regina Jucks reports on the opportunities and challenges of being a parent at the University of Münster
Prof. Regina Jucks<address>© WWU - Benedikt Weischer</address>
© WWU - Benedikt Weischer

Regina Jucks is Professor and Mother of two children. She reports on the daily challenges between work and family.