Press Releases and short notes from the Organisch-Chemisches Institut at WWU Münster
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International award for Frank Glorius

Münster University organic chemist receives Gay-Lussac Humboldt Prize
Prof. Frank Glorius
© WWU - Peter Dziemba

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
© AK Studer

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

© WWU - Peter Leßmann

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.


Münster University researchers publish study in "Nature Chemistry"

© Frank Glorius

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.

© AKW NRW - Andreas Endermann

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)


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
© WWU - Bart Jan Ravoo

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.

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"ERC Advanced Grants” for Ralf Adams and Frank Glorius

Researchers at Münster University and MPI Münster receive 4.7 million euros of funding from the European Research Council
Ralf Adams and Frank Glorius
© MPI Münster, J. Müller-Keuker / WWU, P. Dziemba

Two “Advanced Grants” from the European Research Council (ERC) go to researchers at the University of Münster and the Max Planck Institute (MPI) of Molecular Biomedicine in Münster. Biochemist Ralf Adams, Professor at the Medical Faculty of the University and at MPI, and Frank Glorius, Professor at the Institute of Organic Chemistry at the University, each receive one of the grants.

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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”

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Professor Frank Glorius and his coworkers have developed a new and simple method for the formation of previously difficult to access fluorine-substituted three-dimensional cyclic molecules. Since these molecules are interesting for the development of new drugs or functional materials, this work was selected for publication in the renowned journal Science.
(upper link to German press release)

Awards for PhD student and supervisor

Ernst - Glorius
© Prof. Frank Glorius

PhD student Johannes Ernst and his supervisor, Prof. Frank Glorius, from the Organic Chemistry Institute will receive two awards from the International Precious Metal Institute (IPMI) in Florida in June. Johannes Ernst will be awarded a "Student Award" for the excellent research on the modification of transition metal catalysts with organic molecules (N-heterocyclic carbenes), while Prof. Glorius will receive an award for his dedicated and outstanding supervision.
(upper link to German press release)

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Radical Coupling Reaction published in Science

Studer et al., Science 2017
© WWU - AK Studer (photo: lt)

Within the Science magazine the Studer Research Group has published a unique concept for the transition metal-free formation of three C-C-bonds starting from vinylboron ate complexes. The presented method complies to the Suzuki-Miyaura cross-coupling reaction. This work has been supported and funded by the European Research Council (ERC).
Publication in Science (free access)

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Chemist Manuel van Gemmeren leads new Otto Hahn Junion Research Group

Award by the Max Planck Society/Basic Research on the Control of Chemical Reactions
van Gemmeren
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Since January 2017, Dr. Manuel van Gemmeren from the Organic Chemistry Institute of the Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster (WWU) heads an Otto Hahn Junior Research Group of the Max Planck Society (MPG). He teaches and conducts his research at the WWU and is at the same time affiliated to the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Energy Conversion in Mülheim an der Ruhr.
(upper link to German press release)

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EU Funds WWU-Chemist with 1.5 Million Euros

Starting Grant for Prof. Dr. Gustavo Fernández Huertas
Gustavo Fernández
© Prof. G. Fernández

Good news from Brussels: Prof. Dr. Gustavo Fernández Huertas from the Organic Chemistry Institute of the Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster (WWU) receives one of the prestigious European research grants – the “Starting Grant” of the European Research Council (ERC), worth almost 1.5 million Euros.
(upper link to German press release)

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Million-Euro-Funding for Chemist

European Research Council Awards Prof. Armido Studer with an “Advanced Grant”
Armido Studer
© Prof. Armido Studer