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Universitätsgesellschaft awards promotion prize - two portraits

The Universitätsgesellschaft Münster e. V. awarded the promotion prize to junior research group leader Dr. Line Næsborg and junior professor Dr. Kai Schmitz on July 3. The chemist Dr. Line Næsborg is researching the sustainable and environmentally friendly use of light energy, while the particle physicist Dr. Kai Schmitz is devoting his work to gravitational waves.

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Faculty of Chemistry and Pharmacy honours pioneer of photocatalysis

David MacMillan, a professor of Chemistry at Princeton University, is a pioneer of photocatalysis with visible light. The Faculty of Chemistry and Pharmacy has now awarded the 56-year-old Scotsman an honorary doctorate for his outstanding research in this field.

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Fluorinated sugar molecules as vaccine leads against meningitis B and C

A team from the University of Münster and the Max Planck Institute (MPI) of Colloids and Interfaces in Potsdam has now developed a combined vaccine lead from synthetic fluorinated sugar molecules that is effective against meningococci B and C simultaneously.

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Interview with nobel laureate David MacMillan

David MacMillan is one of the most successful researchers of our time in the field of catalysis and molecular chemistry. He is also a pioneer of photocatalysis with visible light. For his outstanding research in this field, he will receive an honorary doctorate from the Faculty of Chemistry and Pharmacy on 11 June. Norbert Robers spoke with the exceptional researcher.

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New method for introducing fluorinated components into molecules

Researchers led by Prof Dr Armido Studer from the Institute of Organic Chemistry at the University of Münster presents a new strategy, with which the so-called difluoromethyl group can be precisely introduced at specific sites in pyridine derivatives. This method could potentially identify candidates for new drugs and agrochemicals.

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Evolutionary algorithm generates tailored “molecular fingerprints”

A team led by chemist Prof Frank Glorius has developed an algorithm that identifies molecular structures that are particularly relevant to a given problem. It uses these structures to encode the properties of molecules for various machine-learning models.

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European Research Council awards Armido Studer an Advanced Grant

The European Research Council has awarded an ERC Advanced Grant worth 2.5 million euros to Prof. Armido Studer. The grant will enable Studer to realise a project in the field of so-called radical water activation in the coming five years.

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New strategy for assessing the applicability of reactions

A team led by chemist Prof Frank Glorius from the University of Münster shows that a machine-based method prevents widespread “bias” in chemical publications.

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Chemist Ryan Gilmour receives "ERC Proof of Concept Grant"

Organic chemist Ryan Gilmour has received a 150,000 euro ERC Proof of Concept Grant. He is now exploring how a strategy to create fluorinated building blocks can be brought to the market.

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Chemical synthesis: new strategy for skeletal editing on pyridines

A team led by Prof. Armido Studer has introduced a strategy for converting carbon-nitrogen atom pairs in a frequently used ring-shaped compound into carbon-carbon atom pairs. The method has potential in the quest for active ingredients for new drugs, for example.

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"European Academy of Sciences" admits Armido Studer

The European Academy of Sciences (EurASc) has accepted the chemist Prof. Dr. Armido Studer as a new member in recognition of his outstanding achievements in the field of organic synthesis.

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Chemists develop new approach to inserting single carbon atoms

A team of chemists led by Prof. Frank Glorius have presented a new approach in which a single carbon atom is inserted into the carbon skeleton in order to adjust the ring size and to form a new ring. The method could be relevant, for example, for the production of active ingredients in new pharmaceutical products.

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Honorary doctorate for Professor Gerhard Erker

Nagoya University has awarded Gerhard Erker an honorary doctorate. The award recognizes his pioneering research achievements as well as his services to the promotion of international scientific cooperation and academic education. The certificate was presented on December 2 in Nagoya during one of the regular scientific meetings of the International Research Training Group IRTG 2678.

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

The chemists Prof. Dr. Frank Glorius and Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Zeier as well as the physician Prof. Dr. Oliver Söhnlein from the University of Münster are represented in the current citation ranking of the US company "Clarivate Analytics" and are thus among the most cited researchers worldwide.

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Chemists present method for the fluorination of enynes

A team led by chemist Prof. Ryan Gilmour shows how a metal-free organocatalytic platform can be used to fluorinate certain carbon compounds. The method creates molecular building blocks that can be candidates for new active substances.

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Researchers produce polymers from ballbot-type carbenes for the first time

Working together with Chinese researchers, Münster physicists and chemists have, for the first time, produced long-chain mobile polymers on metallic surfaces, doing so by means of ballbot-type molecules which glide over the surface. Details of the work have been published in the journal “Nature Chemistry”.

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Light regulates structural conversion of chiral molecules

A team of chemists from the University of Münster developed a novel concept in which a mixture of molecules that behave like mirror images is converted to a single form. To this end, they use light as external energy source. The conversion is relevant e.g. for the preparation of drugs. The study is now published in the journal “Nature”.

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Chemists develop reaction cascade to produce fluorinated molecules

A team led by Prof. Ryan Gilmour at the Organic Chemistry Institute has reported in “Nature Communications” on the rapid generation of new fluorinated molecular fragments for drug discovery using organocatalysis.

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Chemists develop new process for the production of ring-shaped molecules

An international team of chemists led by Professors Frank Glorius (University of Münster) and Kendall N. Houk (University of California, Los Angeles, USA) has succeeded for the first time in using structural editing to insert a four-membered molecular ring into a larger, aromatic ring. This resulted in a structurally complex bicyclic ring system.

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European Academy elects Ryan Gilmour of the Institute of Organic Chemistry

The "European Academy of Sciences" (EURASC) has elected Prof. Ryan Gilmour from the Institute of Organic Chemistry at the University of Münster as a "Fellow". Election into the Academy is a great honour and important recognition of his scientific accomplishments.

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Chemists develop new method for water splitting

A team headed by Münster University chemist Prof. Armido Studer has developed a photocatalytic process in which water is activated using an oxidised triaryl phosphine as a reagent. Activation is a precondition for splitting water into its components.

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Chemists develop new approach in cancer research

An American-German research team describes in the scientific journal "Nature" a new approach to switch off certain "cancer genes" via a targeted modification of RNA. Among the scientists is Prof. Frank Glorius from the Institute of Organic Chemistry at the WWU Münster.

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EU Research Council awards Frank Glorius with "ERC Advanced Grant

Award for top research: Chemist Prof. Dr. Frank Glorius from the University of Münster receives one of the prestigious "ERC Advanced Grants" from the European Research Council (ERC). The funding of 2.5 million euros is intended to enable the realization of an outstanding research project.

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The Organic-Chemistry Institute visits Groningen

At a symposium of the Organic Chemistry Institute of the University of Münster with the working groups of the Stratingh-Institut for Chemistry of the Rijksuniversiteit Groningen, their shared features were highlighted, discussed and celebrated through lectures and poster presentations on research topics at the overlap between the two facilities.

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Frank Glorius receives Otto Bayer Prize

Prof. Dr. Frank Glorius of the Institute of Organic Chemistry at the University of Münster (WWU) has been awarded the Otto Bayer Prize for Chemistry and Biochemistry 2022 by the Bayer Foundation in recognition of his pioneering achievements in catalysis research.

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Ryan Gilmour received the Research Prize 2022

On New Year’s Reception in the Schloss Prof. Ryan Gilmour received the Research Prize 2022 for his outstanding, internationally acclaimed research. The prize is awarded every two years and is worth 30,000 euros. In awarding this prize money, the Rectorate supports the recipients’ research.

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