News archive 2023

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Design Thinking 2-Day Workshop

Up for a challenge? Join us for a Design Thinking workshop presented by the experts from REACH. Team up with other scientists to turn a scientific topic into a business idea in this 2-day innovation challenge.

17th and 24th of January
10am to 5pm in SoN

More information and registration.

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Prestigious Honor from the Swiss Chemical Society for Armido Studer

Prof. Armido Studer has been awarded the "Paracelsus Prize" by the Swiss Chemical Society. The award, which is worth 20,000 Swiss francs (a good 20,700 euros) and a gold medal, is granted every two years to scientists who have carried out outstanding scientific research in chemistry at an international level.
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Adaptive optical neural network connects thousands of artificial neurons

A team working at Collaborative Research Centre 1459 (“Intelligent Matter”) – headed by physicists Prof. Wolfram Pernice and Prof. Martin Salinga and computer specialist Prof. Benjamin Risse– joined forces with researchers from the Universities of Exeter and Oxford to develop a so-called event-based architecture, using photonic processors with which data are transported and processed by means of light.
University news

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Programmable matter: “We can paint with the particles”

Researchers find new physical effects in systems consisting of particles with an orientation-dependent propulsion speed. How this dependency affects the behaviour of systems consisting of many particles – in particular, how it affects the formation of clusters – is something which a team of physicists led by Prof. Raphael Wittkowski are first to demonstrate in a collaborative project with Prof. Michael Cates from the University of Cambridge.
University news

Münster Nanofabrication Facility open day

Join us at the annual MNF open day on October 19th. Professor Fuchs, the founder of CeNTech, will give a keynote on nanotechnology in Münster, Professor Gatsogiannis will cover new Cryo-EM technololgies in his talk, "Bridging biological scales, from atoms to cells," and Professor Salinga will discuss "Phase change materials for future computing hardware." During the day there will be facility tours, hands-on workshops, and the opportunity to learn more about our interdisciplinary research in physics, chemistry and bio-medical sciences during a poster session.
MNF Day registration

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Eda Samiloglu Tengirsek receives a scholarship from the German National Academic Foundation

Eda Samiloglu Tengirsek, a student in Gatsogiannis' laboratory, has been awarded a prestigious Ph.D. fellowship in Structural Biology by the German National Academic Foundation. The foundation supports particularly gifted doctoral candidates with exceptional academic or artistic talents and personal qualities that can be expected to make an outstanding contribution to society as a whole.  

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Best Ph.D. prize for Christian Schröder

Christian Schröder was awarded the Federation of European Zeolite Associations (FEZA) Ph.D. prize for his work on the structural surface properties of zeolites. He developed a simple model to predict hydrogen bonds of Brønsted acid sites, which can now be clearly identified, among other protic species, with solid-state NMR spectroscopy. This is a significant contribution for understanding the acid properties of these important catalysts.
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Molecular Printer Workshop

Join us at our upcoming MNF Molecular Printer Workshop, on July 27th from 9 am-3 pm in the SoN. During the workshop, GmbH will give a general introduction to the machine, discuss potential applications and conduct in-person, hands-on training. We encourage you to bring along your own chip substrates and molecules for test printing.

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Two Münster-Twente Collaboration Grants at SoN

The Universities of Münster and Twente again awarded Collaboration Grants, with four teams convincing the jury with their concepts. Two projects each received 80,000 euros, which are financed fifty-fifty by the University of Münster and the University of Twente for a duration of twelve months.
WWU news

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Research team shows how a cell’s form can be reversed

A team of researchers led by Prof. Bart Jan Ravoo from the Institute of Organic Chemistry at the University of Münster, and by Prof. Timo Betz from the Third Institute of Physics – Biophysics at the University of Göttingen, are now the first to describe how living cells can have their shape reversed through targeting the cell membrane by means of light.
WWU news

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2nd Münster Symposium on Intelligent Matter

Renowned scientists will present their latest developments in the field of adaptive and intelligent matter. Please join us for discussions on the latest developments in the field, poster presentations, the MüSIM young researcher award 2023, networking, and much more!

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Nanoanalytics workshop at the MNF

16th of May 2023

Learn more about nanoanalytics methods and tools at the Münster Nanofabrication Facility (MNF) in our upcoming workshop at the SoN. Discover new creative solutions and ideas for your research and discuss your needs with instrument experts. Join us on the 16th of May from 1-5pm.
MNF website

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When interdisciplinary collaboration begins with the architecture

“The architecture of the building is spacious, open and transparent,” says Dr. Michael Seppi, who is responsible for the building at SoN. "Everything is suffused with light and, apart from the labs, there are not many thick, solid walls. This structure makes it easier for people to come together and it promotes communication in our everyday work...”
WWU news

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Stay curious, and carry on asking, when others switch off

He is 27 years old and, as things stand, will soon have his second PhD – in Philosophy. He already has one PhD, in Physics. His Physics dissertation, which he completed in 2022 under the supervision of Prof. Raphael Wittkowski at the Institute of Theoretical Physics, was the best in his year – as was his master’s thesis before that. It almost goes without saying that te Vrugt, who was born in Stadtlohn and attended the Gymnasium (grammar school) in nearby Ahaus, had the best Abitur result of his year.
WWU news

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Where the borders between disciplines become blurred

The area where physics and chemistry meet lies somewhere in the realm of the minute – in the nano range: where molecules react with one another and the laws of quantum mechanics hold sway. One of the pioneers working in that area between chemistry and physics is Prof. Harald Fuchs, who heads the Nano- and Interfacial Physics working group at the University of Münster and is the Scientific Director at CeNTech.
WWU news

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Inauguration of the cryoEM

19th of April 2023

Join us at the official opening ceremony for our brand new cryoEM center at the SoN! There will be a tour, official inauguration ceremony, keynote lecture and social event. Invited speakers will highlight recent advances in single-particle cryoEM and electron tomography and their application to fundamental biological questions.
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EU Research Council awards Frank Glorius with "ERC Advanced Grant"

The funding of 2.5 million euros is intended to enable the realization of an outstanding research project. Together with his team, Frank Glorius wants to develop methods of so-called energy transfer (EnT) photocatalysis with which new, pharmacologically relevant three-dimensional molecular structures can be produced - and this particularly efficiently and under mild reaction conditions that are not or hardly accompanied by undesired side reactions.
WWU news

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Seeing cells at the atomic level: inauguration of Cryo-EM

No doubt about it: the new high-performance cryogenic electron microscope (cryo-EM) really is something special... Until just a few years ago, it was inconceivable that minute components of cells could be displayed to this degree of precision – down to individual atoms. “For me too,” says Christos Gatsogiannis, “although I’ve been working in this field for a long time now, this degree of detail is astonishing.”
WWU news

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Understanding quantum mechanics with active particles

Physicists discover unexpected connection between active particles and quantum-mechanical systems. In collaboration with Prof. Eyal Heifetz from the Tel Aviv University in Israel, physicists Dr. Michael te Vrugt, Tobias Frohoff-Hülsmann, Prof. Uwe Thiele and Prof. Raphael Wittkowski have developed a new model (“active model I+”) for the dynamics of systems consisting of many active particles. The study is published “Nature Communications”.
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