Press Releases of the Organic Chemistry Institute
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  • 2022

     Münster (upm) | 08.12.2022


    Uni MS - AG Glorius

    Study shows new way to produce important molecular entity

    Chemists at the University of Münster develop method for simple production of vicinal diamines.
    A team led by Prof. Dr. Frank Glorius of the Institute of Organic Chemistry at the University of Münster has now presented a new, direct way to produce vicinal diamines in the journal "Nature Catalysis".

     Medizinische Fakultät | 08.12.2022


    FSMed Münster

    Gustavo Fernández receives teaching award of the medical student council

    The Medical Student Council selected the Teachers of the Year. In the preclinical stage Prof. Gustavo Fernández from the Organic Chemistry Institute was awarded.
    He has managed in recent semesters to teach this subject of the first semester in a descriptive, interesting and motivating way.

     Fachbereich Chemie und Pharmazie | 25.11.2022


    Uni MS - Peter Dziemba

    Excellent Master's theses in chemistry

    The Department of Chemistry and Pharmacy at the University of Münster awarded Fritz Paulus (Organic Chemistry), Laureen J. Dahrendorf (Business Administration in Chemistry) and Marlen C. Becker (Food Chemistry) with the Master’s Theses Prize. The representatives of the sponsoring companies Grosse-Hornke Private Consult, Wessling and Thescon presented the certificates for the awards, which are endowed with 1,000 euros, at the Master's ceremony for the graduation year 2022.

     Ryan Gilmour | 24.11.2022



    Automated Synthesis of Complex, Fluorinated Carbohydrates

    Dr. Teschers and Prof. Gilmour of the Organic Chemistry Institute at the WWU Münster have developed an automated method to generate well-defined, site-selectively modified glycomimetics for applications in biomedicine and chemical biology which was published in Angewandte Chemie.

     Münster (upm) | 17.11.2022


    Uni MS - AK Studer

    Researchers at Münster University solve a problem in organic chemistry

    Scientists led by Prof. Armido Studer from the Organic Chemistry Institute at the University of Münster have developed a strategy that could give a boost to the development of pyridine-containing drugs and organic functional materials.

     Münster (upm) | 02.08.2022


    AK Glorius

    Light as a tool for the synthesis of complex molecules

    Chemists at the University of Münster present new method for β-amino acid derivatives from alkenes or (hetero)arenes. The results of the study are currently published in Nature Chemistry.
    "Visible light has proven to be a powerful tool for the synthesis of complex organic molecules," explains Prof. Dr. Frank Glorius. "With its energy, we succeed in breaking certain chemical bonds X-Y."

     Münster (upm/kn) | 20.07.2022


    Uni MS - Peter Dziemba

    Frank Glorius is a new member of the "Academia Europaea"

    The "Academia Europaea" has accepted Prof. Frank Glorius, chemist at the University of Münster, as a new member. With this membership, the Academia Europaea honors scientists who have demonstrated "sustained academic excellence."

     Münster (upm) | 25.05.2022


    Peter Bellotti

    Chemists use light energy to produce small molecular rings

    Team led by Frank Glorius finds new synthesis route for producing sensitive molecules under mild reaction conditions.
    The team’s work has been published in the journal “Nature Catalysis”.

     Neugebauer OC | 06.04.2022


    Johannes Tölle

    Peyerimhoff Prize for Theoretical Chemistry Münster

    The Sigrid Peyerimhoff Doctoral Award of the Arbeitsgemeinschaft Theoretische Chemie (AGTC) goes this year to a scientist from Münster. Dr. Johannes Tölle from the group of Prof. Johannes Neugebauer received this prize for his dissertation entitled "Subsystem-Based Modeling of Photo-Induced Processes".

     X-RAY OC | 28.03.2022


    C. Daniliuc

    News from the OC: X-ray structure analysis department!

    The Organic Chemistry Institute of WWU Münster is represented twice in the top 30 CSD authors (out of more than 450,000 unique author names) by the staff of the X-ray Structural Analysis Department.
    According to CSD Author Statistics published in January 2022, Dr. Roland Fröhlich (former head of the X-Ray Department) and Dr. Constantin G. Daniliuc (head of the X-Ray Department) are ranked 19th and 28th worldwide.

     Münster (upm) | 21.03.2022


    Uni MS - Peter Dziemba

    Chemists discover new reactivity of strained molecules

    Light energy enables the reaction of double bonds with strained single bonds to produce three-dimensional molecules

    A team led by Prof. Dr. Frank Glorius from the University of Münster has now succeeded in performing an unconventional cycloaddition in which a carbon-carbon double bond reacts with a carbon-carbon single bond.

     Münster (upm) | 18.03.2022


    Uni MS - Peter Dziemba

    Janssen Prize for Frank Glorius

    Prof. Dr. Frank Glorius will receive the Janssen Prize for Creativity in Organic Synthesis. The award, endowed with 20,000 euros, recognises internationally outstanding achievements in the research field of organic synthesis, which are of particular importance for the development of new drugs. Frank Glorius is an internationally leading and particularly innovative scientist in the field of organic synthesis and catalysis.

     Fachbereich Chemie und Pharmazie | 31.01.2022


    JCF - Nils Rendel

    Evonik Preis 2022

    Timo Stünkel and Constantin Stuckhardt received this year's Evonik Award for outstanding achievements during their theses. Timo Stünkel was able to convince with his contribution to the iodine-catalyzed synthesis of trifluorinated tetralins as part of his master's thesis. Constantin Stuckhardt received the prize for the publication on photoclick reactions of acylsilanes with indoles, which he completed during his doctoral thesis.

     Münster (upm) | 12.01.2022


    AG Glorius - Uni Münster

    "Hand in hand in hand": three catalysts solve chemical problem

    The new method for arylation of unactivated alkenes is based on a ternary nickel(Ni)-hydrogen atom transfer (HAT) photodox (PC) synergy system (schematically shown in the middle). Left side: structural formula of an aryl group (top) and an unactivated alkene, right side: arylated alkene after synthesis.


  • 2021

     Münster (upm) | 22.11.2021


    Armido Studer / Peter Dziemba

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

    The chemists Prof. Dr. Frank Glorius and Prof. Dr. Armido Studer of the Organisch-Chemisches Institut and the biologist Prof. Dr. Jörg Kudla are represented in the current citation ranking of the US company "Clarivate Analytics" and are thus among the most cited researchers worldwide.

     Münster (upm/kk) | 28.06.2021


    AK Studer

    "Academia Europaea" admits chemists from the University of Münster

    Great honour for Prof. Dr. Armido Studer: The "Academia Europaea" has accepted the chemist from the Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität (WWU) Münster as a new member. The Academia Europaea awards membership to individuals who have demonstrated "sustained academic excellence".

     Münster (upm) | 21.06.2021


    Dr. Hazem Aldahhak und Dr. Martin Franz

    New method for molecular functionalization of surfaces

    Arbitrarily 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.

     Münster (upm) | 14.06.2021


    Dr. Manuel van Gemmeren

    Lecturer Award goes to chemist at the University of Münster

    Chemist Dr. Manuel van Gemmeren has received the Lecturer Award of the “Fonds der Chemischen Industrie”. He accepted the award, which is endowed with 75,000 euros, at a virtual conference. With his research group, the scientist has been studying so-called carbon-hydrogen C–H-functionalizations since 2016. These are chemical reactions with which stable C-H bonds can be converted into complex target structures.

     Münster (upm) | 21.05.2021


    Uni MS - Peter Dziemba

    National Academy Leopoldina admits chemists from the University of Münster

    Great honour for Prof. Dr. Frank Glorius: The chemist is a new member of the National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina. With this election, the oldest scientific-medical learned society in the German-speaking world honours his extraordinary scientific achievements in the field of catalysis chemistry and the development of functional molecules.

     Münster (upm/kk) | 10.05.2021


    Uni MS - AK Studer

    German Research Foundation approves new Research Training Group

    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.

     Münster (upm) | 30.03.2021


    Uni MS - privat

    Researchers first to link silicon atoms on surfaces

    Many reactions have been developed in surface chemistry and interesting materials have been produced for potential applications. Most reactions are based on the formation of carbon-carbon bonds. A team from various working groups in chemistry and physics has now used silicon-silicon bonds to construct a polymer - a premiere in surface chemistry.

     Münster (upm/jah) | 30.03.2021


    Uni MS - Robert Matzke

    Ryan Gilmour elected to the Royal Society of Edinburgh

    Prof. Dr. Ryan Gilmour has been elected to the Royal Society of Edinburgh (RSE). As one of seven personalities elected as „Corresponding Fellow“, 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.

     Münster (upm/kk) | 29.03.2021


    Uni MS - Robert Matzke

    Münster University receives two new research associations

    The German Research Foundation (DFG) has approved two new Priority Programmes (SPP): 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 is coordinating the project "Use and Development of Machine Learning for Molecular Applications - Molecular Machine Learning".

     Münster (upm) | 25.03.2021


    AK Glorius

    Breakthrough in the production of three-dimensional molecular structures

    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. Chemists led by Prof. Frank Glorius, Prof. M. Kevin Brown and Prof. Kendall N. Houk have now succeeded in converting several classes of flat nitrogen-containing molecules into the desired three-dimensional structures. This study has now been published in the journal “Science”.

     Münster (upm/jah) | 04.01 2021


    Uni MS - Glorius Group

    Chemists succeed in synthesis of aminoalcohols by utilizing light

    Vicinal aminoalcohols are high-quality organic compounds that are found in many everyday products. 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 have found a solution for the production of a special variant of aminoalcohols.


  • 2020

     Alexander von Humboldt-Stiftung | 24.12.2020


    Dr. Peter Dziemba, Uni MS

    First Humboldt Scouts selected for the Henriette Herz Scouting Program

    The 33 scouts - 23 men and ten women - from 26 universities and research institutions were selected in the first round from a total of 78 applications. People from 46 institutions applied. The Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität in Münster provided three scouts.

     Münster (upm/kk) | 27.11.2020


    Melissa Pernice

    Over 20 million euros for two new research alliances

    The German Research Foundation (DFG) is funding two new Collaborative Research Centres (CRC). The two research alliances – entitled “inSight – Multiscale imaging of organ-specific inflammation” and “Intelligent matter: From responsive to adaptive nanosystems” – will together be receiving funding of more than 20 million euros. The projects will be starting in January 2021, running initially for four years.

      FilmLAB Uni Münster | 19.11.2020


    FilmLAB Uni Münster

    Chemistry is cult(ure)!

    Chemistry is anchored in our everyday lives in many different ways - from beer brewing, dyes and detergents to the energy transition. In their show lecture "Chemistry is cult(ure)!", Prof. Frank Glorius, Felix Strieth-Kalthoff and Peter Eggert use exciting experiments to show where we encounter chemistry every day. The chemists also explain how we make use of chemical reactions in everyday life - and what can go wrong in the process.

     Münster (upm/kk) | 03.09.2020


    Dr. Manuel van Gemmeren

    ERC Starting Grant for Manuel van Gemmeren

    The European Research Council (ERC) has awarded Dr. Manuel van Gemmeren an ERC Starting Grant worth 1.5 million euros. The EU-funded research project that van Gemmeren will lead over the coming five years, belongs to the field of organic chemistry. Since 2016, the researcher and his working group at Münster University have been studying so-called C-H-functionalizations.

     Münster (upm) | 05.08.2020


    Uni MS - Peter Leßmann

    Battery Research Centre: new international research school opened

    Longer ranges for electric vehicles and the effective storage of electricity from renewable energies – these are research topics for the future which doctoral students in Münster will be working on in a new international Graduate School. The research centre for “Battery Chemistry, Characterization, Analysis, Recycling and Application” (BACCARA) was set up with the participation of the Department of Chemistry and Pharmacy and the Helmholtz Institute Münster and is funded by the state of North Rhine-Westphalia with 9.5 million euros for over five years.

     Münster (upm/kn) | 03.08.2020


    AK Studer

    Münster University chemist admitted to "Leopoldina" Academy

    A chemist at the University of Münster is awarded a great honour: the National Academy of Sciences, “Leopoldina”, recently appointed Prof. Armino Studer as a new member. In doing so, the Academy acknowledges his outstanding scientific achievements. “For me, it is a very special accolade to be part of the oldest society of scientific and medical scholars in German-speaking countries,” says Armido Studer.

     Münster (upm/sr) | 21.07.2020


    Dr. Peter Dziemba, Uni MS

    Frank Glorius receives award for catalysis science

    For his work in the field of catalysis science, the chemist Prof. Frank Glorius has received the "2020 Mitsui Chemicals Catalysis Science Award". The prize, endowed with 5 million yen (almost 41,000 euros), is awarded every two years to outstanding chemists under 47 years of age. This year's focus is sustainability, to highlight the social issues including plastic waste management.

     Münster (upm/sr) | 17.07.2020


    Prof. R. Gilmour

    Researchers solve a long-standing problem in organic chemistry

    They occur in nature, are reactive and play a role in many biological processes: polyenes. Scientists headed by Prof. Ryan Gilmour succeeded in constructing complex polyenes such as retinoic acid from simple, geometrically well-defined alkene building blocks. To do this, the scientists used small molecules as "antennas" which they excited with light, thereby enabling difficult chemical reactions to proceed via a process known as “Energy Transfer Catalysis”.

     Münster (upm/bhe) | 01.07.2020


    Uni MS - Brigitte Heeke

    Complicated, sensitive and time-consuming

    Dr. Patrick Zeni, together with his colleague Dr. Ludger Tebben and many others involved, is organizing a move of superlatives. The Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry building is the newest new building at the WWU. Highly sensitive technology, fragile materials, hazardous substances, complex ventilation concepts: Due to the special requirements for a chemical institute, it is also a particularly complicated move.

     Münster (upm/bhe) | 01.07.2020


    Uni MS - Peter Leßmann

    We have prepared meticulously

    Describing the handling of each individual substance in such detail that it can be transported to the other building in accordance with safety regulations would fill entire books. No one here has enough time to write this down for third parties, despite their commitment. The working groups are therefore better off moving their own things themselves. Our employees are trained to handle sensitive substances. A molecule that you have spent three years researching for your dissertation is something you know best yourself and don't entrust to anyone else.

     Münster (upm) | 27.04.2020



    WWU-Cast Special: Research in times of Corona

    Maximilan Koy is a doctoral student in the Glorius group at the Institute of Organic Chemistry. In the podcast, he talks about how he experiences the current situation as a scientist, how his working group is organized and how he uses the time for his doctorate effectively.

     Münster (upm) | 24.03.2020


    Bill Oxford/Unsplash

    Activating palladium catalysis by light: teaching an old transition metal new tricks

    In the production of compounds, chemists have the fundamental goal of finding strategies that are most selective and avoid waste products. In this context, allylic substitution reactions using catalysts have already led to significant advances in science. The catalysts cause that in a molecule a functional group is replaced by another group in allylic position, i.e. in direct proximity to a carbon-carbon double bond.

     DECHEMA e.V. | 10.02.2020


    Dr. Peter Dziemba, Uni MS

    Highly innovative and efficient synthesis methods Otto-Roelen-Medal for Frank Glorius

    Prof. Frank Glorius from Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster / Germany receives the Otto-Roelen-Medal 2020. This prize will be awarded by DECHEMA and the German Catalysis Society in recognition of his developments in the field of chemo- and stereoselective hydrogenation of aromatics.

     Münster (upm) | 17.01.2020


    Kalipada Jana

    Chemists allow boron atoms to migrate

    Organic molecules with atoms of the semi-metal boron are among the most important building blocks for synthesis products that are needed to produce drugs and agricultural chemicals. Chemists have now succeeded in significantly expanding the range of applications of commercially and industrially used boron compounds, so-called allylboronic esters. The study has been published in the scientific journal "Chem".


  • 2019

     Münster (upm/sr) | 06.12.2019


    Dr. Manuel van Gemmeren

    Emmy Noether Programme: 1.7 million euros for chemist

    Dr. Manuel van Gemmeren, a chemist, convinced with his science: The German Research Foundation funds the junior scientist from the University of Münster with almost 1.7 million euros. This will enable him to set up his own research group at the Institute of Organic Chemistry over the next six years.

     Münster (upm/sr) | 29.11.2019



    Technion in Israel awards Ryan Gilmour

    Prof. Ryan Gilmour has been appointed "Prof. David Ginsburg Lecturer" at the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology for the academic year 2020/21.

     Dr. Mück-Lichtenfeld | 12.10.2019


    Dr. Mück-Lichtenfeld

    Knowledge for tomorrow

    In the first two weeks of October, a workshop funded by the Volkswagen Foundation was held in Mauritius for young scientists from Central and Southern African countries. Dr. Christian Mück-Lichtenfeld (Institute of Organic Chemistry) from the WWU was involved and organized the daily practical exercises on the PC.

     Münster (upm/sr) | 08.05.2019


    Uni MS - Peter Dziemba

    International award for Frank Glorius

    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 May 7th.

     Münster (upm/sr) | 07.05.2019


    Prof. A. Studer

    Royal Society of Chemistry honours Armido 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".

     Münster (upm) | 18.02.2019


    Uni MS - Peter Leßmann

    Our trainees should use the opportunities they are given here

    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.

     Münster (upm) | 22.01.2019


    Prof. F. Glorius

    Chemists develop new synthesis method for producing fluorinated piperidines

    Münster University researchers publish study in "Nature Chemistry". 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.

     Münster (upm/ja) | 16.01.2019


    AKW NRW - Andreas Endermann

    Two WWU Scientists Become Members of the Junges Kolleg

    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.


  • 2018

     Münster (upm/kk) | 03.12.2018



    Grants worth millions for Münster University lawyer and chemist

    Two "Consolidator Grants" 2018 of the European Research Council (ERC) have been awarded to scientists at the University of Münster (WWU): The lawyer Prof. Dr. Niels Petersen and the chemist Prof. Dr. Ryan Gilmour each receive one of the coveted grants worth a total of 3.6 million euros.

     Münster (upm) | 20.11.2018


    Uni MS - Bart Jan Ravoo

    Chemists develop new method for selective binding of proteins

    A new method for selectively binding proteins to nanoparticles has been described by a German-Chinese research team led by chemist Prof. Dr. Bart Jan Ravoo. The nanoparticles automatically recognize specific peptides, i.e. very small proteins, and form a highly selective bond with them. Among the peptides that the scientists examined were amyloids, whose deposits play a central role in Alzheimer's disease. The study has just been published in the journal "Nature Chemistry".

     Münster (upm/jas) | 17.05.2018



    NRW Academy admits four new members of WWU

    The North Rhine-Westphalian Academy of Sciences, Humanities and the Arts has accepted twelve new members. These include the psychologist Prof. Dr. Gerald Echterhoff, the planetologist Prof. Dr. Thorsten Kleine, the chemist Prof. Dr. Armido Studer and the mathematician Prof. Dr. Burkhard Wilking from the University of Münster.

     Münster (upm/ch) | 08-05-2018


    DFG/David Ausserhofer

    2018 Merck, Sharp & Dohme Award Winner: Professor Frank Glorius

    Dr. Frank Glorius has received an award from the British Royal Society of Chemistry. With the "Merck, Sharp & Dohme Award", the society recognizes his outstanding achievements in the field of hydrogenation of aromatic molecules.

     Münster (upm) | 16.04.2018


    MPI Münster, J. Müller-Keuker / Uni MS, P. Dziemba

    "ERC Advanced Grants” for Ralf Adams and Frank Glorius

    Two 2018 Advanced Grants from the European Research Council (ERC) have been awarded to scientists at the University of Münster (WWU) and the Max Planck Institute (MPI) for Molecular Biomedicine in Münster: biochemist Dr. Ralf Adams and chemist Dr. Frank Glorius will each receive funding of around 4.7 million euros. The ERC grants provide funding for research projects and at the same time are regarded as proof of the outstanding research achievements of the scientists.


  • 2017

     Münster (upm) | 11.08.2017



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

    Chemists have made the previously impossible possible: they have developed a new, easy-to-perform synthesis method for the production of such fluorine-bearing three-dimensional saturated (consisting only of single bonds) molecular ring structures. The study by Prof. Dr. Frank Glorius, Mario Wiesenfeldt, Dr. Zackaria Nairoukh and Dr. Wei Li has been published online in the journal "Science".

     Glorius | 24.05.2017


    Prof. F. Glorius

    Awards for PhD student and supervisor

    Prof. Frank Glorius from the Institute of Organic Chemistry receives a "Faculty Advisor Award" from the International Precious Metals Institute (IPMI), endowed with USD 5,000. His doctoral student Johannes Ernst is honored with a "Student Award", which is endowed with 20,000 US dollars.

     Münster (upm) | 07.04.2017


    Prof. G. Erker

    Distinction for Professor Gerhard Erker

    The Chemical Society of Japan (CSJ) has appointed Prof. Dr. Gerhard Erker as an honorary member. In doing so, the Japanese society recognized the outstanding achievements of the WWU professor in the field of chemistry.

     Münster (upm/ch/lt) | 03.03.2017


    Uni MS - AK Studer (photo: lt)

    Radical Coupling Reaction published in Science

    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.

     Münster (upm/ch) | 17.01.2017



    Manuel van Gemmeren leads new Otto Hahn Junion Research Group

    Dr. Manuel van Gemmeren has been the head of an Otto Hahn Junior Research Group at the Max Planck Society (MPG) since January 2017. He researches and teaches at the WWU, but is also a member of the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Energy Conversion in Mülheim an der Ruhr.