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Three scientists from the University of Münster are "highly cited"

"Clarivate Analytics" publishes ranking 2021
Studer Glorius
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The chemists Prof. Dr. Frank Glorius and Prof. Dr. Armido Studer of the Organisch-Chemisches Institut and the biologist Prof. Dr. Jörg Kudla from the Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität (WWU) Münster are represented in the current citation ranking of the US company "Clarivate Analytics" and are thus among the most cited researchers worldwide.
(Linked press release only in German.)

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New method for molecular functionalization of surfaces

Stable and ordered single molecule layers on silicon through self-assembly / Publication in "Nature Chemistry"
© Dr. Hazem Aldahhak und Dr. Martin Franz

Vergleich der theoretisch berechneten Struktur (DFT, rechts) der geordneten NHC-Einzellage mit dem experimentellen Rastertunnelmikroskopie-Bild (STM, links). N: Stickstoff-, C: Kohlenstoff-, Si: Silizium-, B: Bor-Atom
One vision that is currently driving material scientists is to combine organic molecules (and their diverse functionalities) with the technological possibilities offered by extremely sophisticated semiconductor electronics. Thanks to modern methods of micro- and nanotechnology, the latter designs ever more efficient electronic components for a wide variety of applications. However, it is also increasingly reaching its physical limits: Ever smaller structures for functionalizing semiconductor materials such as silicon cannot be produced using the approaches of classical technology. Scientists have now presented a new approach in the journal Nature Chemistry: They show that stable and yet very well-ordered molecular single layers can be produced on silicon surfaces - by self-assembly. To do this, they use N-heterocyclic carbenes. These are small reactive organic ring molecules whose structure and properties vary in many ways and can be tailored by different "functional" groups. Researchers led by Prof. Dr. Mario Dähne (TU Berlin), Prof. Dr. Norbert Esser (TU Berlin and Leibniz Institute for Analytical Sciences), Prof. Dr. Frank Glorius (University of Münster), Dr. Conor Hogan (Institute of Structure of Matter, National Research Council of Italy, Rome) and Prof. Dr. Wolf Gero Schmidt (University of Paderborn) were involved in the study.

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German Research Foundation approves new Research Training Group

Five million euros for chemistry doctoral program at the Universities of Münster and Nagoya (Japan)

Many researchers from Münster and Nagoya will supervise the future Research Training Group.
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The University of Münster is establishing a new Research Training Group funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG). The bilateral doctoral program "Functional pi-Systems: Activation, Interaction and Application" will start in May and will receive funding of around five million euros for four and a half years.

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Researchers first to link silicon atoms on surfaces

Interdisciplinary team develops highly efficient surface reactions / Results published in “Nature Chemistry”

Chemist Dr. Henning Klaasen, physicist Lacheng Liu and chemist Melanie C. Witteler (from left) were instrumental in the study.
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Chemist Dr. Henning Klaasen, physicist Lacheng Liu and chemist Melanie C. Witteler (from left) were instrumental in the study.
Materials such as gallium arsenide are extremely important for the production of electronic devices. As supplies of it are limited, or they can present health and environmental hazards, specialists are looking for alternative materials. So-called conjugated polymers are candidates. These organic macromolecules have semi-conductor properties, i.e. they can conduct electricity under certain conditions. One possible way of producing them in the desired two-dimensional – i.e. extremely flat – form is presented by surface chemistry, a field of research established in 2007.

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Ryan Gilmour elected to the Royal Society of Edinburgh

Chemist becomes Fellow of Scotland's National Academy of Science and Letters
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Prof. Dr. Ryan Gilmour from the Institute of Organic Chemistry at Münster University has been elected to the Royal Society of Edinburgh (RSE), Scotland´s national academy of science and letters. As one of seven personalities elected as corresponding fellows, the chemist joins the ranks of distinguished Fellows resident abroad. “This is the greatest honour of my professional career to date and I look forward to strengthening the bonds between the two countries that I call home”, says Ryan Gilmour.

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Münster University receives two new research associations

German Research Foundation funds priority programmes in biology and chemistry
© WWU - Robert Matzke

The German Research Foundation (DFG) has approved two new Priority Programmes (SPP) coordinated by the University of Münster: Bioinformatician Prof Erich Bornberg-Bauer from the Institute of Evolution and Biodiversity is leading the project "Genomic Basis of Evolutionary Innovations (GEvol)", and Chemist Prof Frank Glorius from the Institute of Organic Chemistry is coordinating the project "Use and Development of Machine Learning for Molecular Applications - Molecular Machine Learning". Both programmes focus on informatics technologies in the natural sciences.
Cf. NEWS - Highlights on the Glorius webpage

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Breakthrough in the production of three-dimensional molecular structures

New dimensions in organic chemistry through light-mediated synthesis / Publication in "Science"
Experimental setup for photochemical reactions
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A major goal of organic and medicinal chemistry in recent decades has been the rapid synthesis of three-dimensional molecules for the development of new drugs. These drug candidates exhibit a variety of improved properties compared to predominantly flat molecular structures, which are reflected in clinical trials by higher efficacy and success rates. However, they could only be produced at great expense or not at all using previous methods. Chemists led by Prof. Frank Glorius (University of Münster) and his colleagues Prof. M. Kevin Brown (Indiana University Bloomington, USA) and Prof. Kendall N. Houk (University of California, Los Angeles, USA) have now succeeded in converting several classes of flat nitrogen-containing molecules into the desired three-dimensional structures. Using more than 100 novel examples, they were able to demonstrate the broad applicability of the process. This study has now been published in the journal “Science”.

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Chemists succeed in synthesis of aminoalcohols by utilizing light

New method for generating the least accessible form of vicinal aminoalcohols / Study published in “Nature Catalysis”
Mowpriya Das (left) and Dr. Tuhin Patra (right)
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Whether in beta-blockers to treat high blood pressure or in natural products: So-called vicinal aminoalcohols are high-quality organic compounds that are found in many everyday products. However, their production is difficult. For a long time, chemists are trying to develop efficient methods of synthesizing them. In their recent study published in the journal Nature Catalysis, scientists led by Prof. Dr. Frank Glorius of Münster University have found a solution for the production of a special variant of aminoalcohols. "The new method helps to study the properties of the substance and to find applications for these new compounds in the future", emphasizes Frank Glorius from the Organic Chemistry Institute at Münster University.