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MSCEC 2019 on May 17th 2019

MSCEC 2019
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The Collaborative Research Center SFB 858 celebrates the 10th anniversary of the "Münster Symposium on Cooperative Effects in Chemistry" in the University Schloss on May 17th 2019. This year's plenary speakers are Lee Cronin (Glasgow, UK), Hendrik Dietz (TU München, GER), Gregory C. Fu (Caltech, USA), and Markus Reiher (ETH Zürich, SUI). For further announcements click here.

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International award for Frank Glorius

Münster University organic chemist receives Gay-Lussac Humboldt Prize
Prof. Frank Glorius
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Prof. Frank Glorius, an organic chemist at the University of Münster, has been awarded the Gay-Lussac Humboldt Prize for his outstanding research and his close links to France in his work. He received the prize in Paris on 7 May. The French Ministry of Higher Education and Research awards the prize to excellent German researchers, in all disciplines, who are seen as examples of special collaboration between the two countries. Once a year, two researchers are chosen who each receive 60,000 euros for the purpose of further extending the collaborations they have.

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"Royal Society of Chemistry" awards Armido Studer

Pedler Award of the RSC 2019 for Outstanding Contributions in Method Development within the Field of Radical Chemistry
Prof. Armido Studer
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International Award for Organic Chemist at the Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster (WWU): Prof. Dr. Armido Studer is this year's winner of the "Pedler Award", which is awarded by the British "Royal Society of Chemistry". He receives the prize for his "outstanding contribution to method development in the field of radical chemistry," the organization emphasizes. The award commemorates the British chemist Alexander Pedler and is awarded annually for important scientific contributions in organic chemistry to internationally established researchers. In addition to a medal Armido Studer receives the invitation to lecture at various universities in England.

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Our trainees should use the opportunities they are given here

Karin Hassels and Peter Eggert look after tomorrow’s chemical laboratory assistants

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So far, instructors Karin Hassels and Peter Eggert have supervised 43 chemical lab assistants during their training.

In addition to providing facilities for studies and research, the University of Münster offers apprenticeships and vocational training in 19 different occupations – from gardener to IT systems technician. One example of this vocational training is that for chemical laboratory assistants at the Institute of Organic Chemistry, where the two people responsible for this training are Karin Hassels (since 2009) and Peter Eggert (since 2001). Kathrin Nolte spoke with the two instructors about educational requirements and about the development away from practical working towards a greater demand for specialist knowledge.

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Münster University researchers publish study in "Nature Chemistry"

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Pressure vessel (autoclave) for the hydrogenation of fluorinated pyridines. The reactions are carried out at a hydrogen pressure of 50 bar (normal atmospheric pressure is 1 bar).

Synthetic molecules are essential for many products in our lives: medicines, crop protection agents or special materials such as Teflon. These molecules have several components, which can be combined in a variety of ways, resulting in different properties. Both so-called piperidines and fluorinated groups are particularly important. Piperidines are small, ring-shaped chemical compounds. Since, as a result of their particular properties, fluorine atoms bring about dramatic changes in the properties of certain products –they are often integrated in pharmaceuticals. Hence around twenty percent of all medicines sold worldwide contain fluorine. Up to now, however, combining fluorine atoms and piperidines has always been an extremely laborious process. Now, for the first time, chemists at the University of Münster have developed a new, easy to do synthesis method for producing such fluorine-bearing piperidines. The study – written by Dr. Zackaria Nairoukh, Marco Wollenburg, Dr. Christoph Schlepphorst, Dr. Klaus Bergander and Prof. Frank Glorius – has just been published in the online edition of the Nature Chemistry journal.

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Two WWU Scientists Become Members of the Junges Kolleg

The NRW Academy has welcomed the two scientists Manuel van Gemmeren and Raphael Wittkowski.

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WWU-Prorektorin Prof. Monika Stoll (l.), NRW-Wissenschaftsministerin Isabel Pfeiffer-Poensgen und Akademiepräsident Prof. Wolfgang Löwer (r.) gratulierten Dr. Manuel van Gemmeren (2.v.l.) und Dr. Raphael Wittkowski.

On Tuesday evening (January 15th), the two outstanding junior scientists Manuel van Gemmeren and Raphael Wittkowski from the University of Münster have been welcomed by the North Rhine-Westphalian Academy of Sciences, Humanities and the Arts (AWK NRW) in Düsseldorf as new members of the Junges Kolleg. The physicist Dr. Raphael Wittkowski and the chemist Dr. Manuel van Gemmeren are amongst twelve new members of the NRW-Kolleg that have been chosen from all over the state.
(see German press release here)

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Niels Petersen and Ryan Gilmour awarded Consolidator Grants by the European Research Council
Prof. Ryan Gilmour
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Two Consolidator Grants for 2018, awarded by the European Research Council (ERC), go to researchers at the University of Münster: Prof. Niels Petersen, a lawyer at the Faculty of Law, and Prof. Ryan Gilmour, a chemist at the Institute of Organic Chemistry, each receive one of the coveted grants, which are together worth 3.6 million euros.

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Chemists develop new method for selective binding of proteins

“Key-and-lock recognition” through co-assembling points of contact on a nanoscale / Potential for diagnostics, imaging and active ingredients in medicines
Prof. Bart Jan Ravoo
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A new method of selectively binding proteins to nanoparticles has been described by a team of German and Chinese researchers headed by Prof. Bart Jan Ravoo, a chemist at the “Center for Soft Nanoscience” at the University of Münster. The nanoparticles automatically recognize specific peptides, i.e. small proteins, and enter into highly selective binding with them. Among the model peptides which the researchers examined were amyloids. Deposits of amyloids, for example, play a major role in Alzheimer’s disease, so the researchers are hoping that the mechanism they have discovered might provide a new approach to treating diseases in which such deposits occur. The study has been published in the latest issue of the “Nature Chemistry” journal.