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University of Münster presents research in a new video

As representatives of the numerous areas in which outstanding research is carried out, six people present their work in the video, thereby sharpening the view beyond the boundaries of their own science. Prof. Dr Christos Gatsogiannis, Prof. Dr Eva Viehmann, Prof. Dr Martin Winter, Dr Samuel Young, Prof. Dr Dr Hubert Wolf and Prof. Dr Dina El Omari make it clear that the University of Münster offers an ideal research environment for small and large subjects and is interdisciplinary and future-oriented - both in basic and applied research.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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...”
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.”
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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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Photography prize for MNF

Melissa Pernice won second prize in an international photography competition for her picture of cleanroom engineer, Riya Gupta, in the Münster Nanofabrication Facility, located in the Center for Soft Nanoscience. Moodle, an open-source e-learning platform, selected the picture for demonstrating how student scientists complete online training for their work in the cleanrooms.
Moodle competition
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Researchers show that chiral oxide catalysts align electron spin

Paul Möllers, a PhD student at the Center for Soft Nanoscience, examines chiral copper oxide films with a thickness of just a few nanometres which had previously been electrochemically deposited in a chiral form onto thin gold substrates by researchers from Pittsburgh.
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1st NU-WWU-Symposium on Smart Materials

The 1st international Northwestern University - University of Münster- (NU-WWU) Symposium on Smart Materials is being held from August 31st -  September 1st 2022 in the Center for Soft Nanoscience.
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First Münster Symposium on Intelligent Matter 2022

CRC 1459 is hosting its first-ever Münster Symposium on Intelligent Matter on Wednesday the 22nd of June 2022 in the Center for Soft Nanoscience (SoN). Renowned scientists will present their latest developments in the field of adaptive and intelligent matter.
SFB 1459 Events

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Light show in the lab- CRC Intelligent Matter

Seraphine Wegner is delighted that she can contribute her experience to the CRC and that she can learn new things as a result of the interdisciplinary collaboration. Hence, her team is called “Light-controlled Systems”, and their focus is on the photoswitchability of cells and materials. What this means is that the researchers use light as a stimulus to activate various processes and proteins.
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Scientists receive a boost for research with cutting-edge imaging methods

The German Research Foundation and State of NRW granted Münster University 7.5 million euros for a cryo-electron microscope. The special structural equipment at the SoN, which was inaugurated in 2018, was a prerequisite for the acquisition of the microscope. For example, the floor in the laboratory where the cryogenic electron microscope will be located is almost perfectly vibration-damped.
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MNF Day 2022

MNF Day 2022

Thursday, April 28th

The Münster Nanofabrication Facility, a high-tech nanofabrication facility located in the SoN and Centech, is hosting the first annual MNF Day on April 28th. Join us to learn about our latest research and cutting-edge technologies.
MNF Day website

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Acoustic propulsion of nanomachines depends on their orientation

Johannes Voß and Prof. Raphael Wittkowski from the Institute of Theoretical Physics and the Center for Soft Nanoscience have found answers to central questions which had previously stood in the way of applying acoustic propulsion. The results have been published in the journal “ACS Nano.”
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Researchers examine neurotoxin from a Black Widow

Using cryo-EM, and in collaboration with researchers at the Max Planck Institute in Dortmund and at Jacobs University Bremen, the team of Münster researchers succeeded in explaining the first structure of a latrotoxin.
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Researchers study cosmic expansion using methods from many-body physics

Physicists Michael te Vrugt and Prof. Raphael Wittkowski from the Institute of Theoretical Physics and the Center for Soft Nanoscience (SoN) have, together with physicist Dr. Sabine Hossenfelder from the Frankfurt Institute for Advanced Studies (FIAS), developed a new model.
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New method for molecular functionalization of surfaces

Scientists have presented a new approach in the journal Nature Chemistry, showing that stable and yet very well-ordered molecular single layers can be produced on silicon surfaces - by self-assembly.
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German Research Foundation approves new Research Training Group

Focusing on the interface between materials research and organic synthesis as well as catalysis and biological applications, the Research Training Group will receive funding of around five million euros for an initial period of four and a half years. The spokespersons of the program are Prof. Armido Studer and Prof. Shigehiro Yamaguchi (Nagoya University).
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Welcoming Professor Andrea de Camargo

Visiting from the University of São Paulo, Professor de Camargo is collaborating on upconversion of nanoparticles and quantum dots projects at the SoN. She brings with her a wealth of experience in structural-functional characterization of solid-state materials and interdisciplinary, collaborative research.
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Researchers first to link silicon atoms on surfaces

“We have shown that not only carbon can be used to create fascinating structures. The various contributions made from different angles – by chemists and physicists... all required a high degree of creativity. This enabled us to explore a new path in bond formation reactions in surface chemistry,” explains  Melanie Wittler, a PhD student in Chemistry.
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German Research Foundation funds priority programmes in biology and chemistry

Chemist Prof Frank Glorius is coordinating the project "Use and Development of Machine Learning for Molecular Applications - Molecular Machine Learning." The focus of the project is on molecular problems such as the prediction of chemical reactions or the development of new algorithms for the modeling of molecular properties.
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Production Of Three-dimensional Molecular Structures
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Breakthrough in the production of three-dimensional molecular structures

"The motif of using light energy to build more complex, chemical structures is also found in nature," explains Frank Glorius. "Just as plants use light in photosynthesis to synthesize sugar molecules from the simple building blocks carbon dioxide and water, we use light-mediated energy transfer to produce complex, three-dimensional target molecules from flat basic structures."
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New microscopy analysis allows discovery of central adhesion complex

The laboratories of Prof. Dr. Carsten Grashoff and Prof. Dr. Ralf Jungmann at the Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry (Munich) have developed a novel approach that allows the visualization and quantification of molecular processes even in highly crowded subcellular structures.
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Light Carrying Chips
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Light-carrying chips advance machine learning

“In contrast to traditional electronics, which usually work in the low GHz range, optical modulation speeds can be achieved up to the 50 to 100 GHz range,” explains lead author Johannes Feldmann. This means that the process permits data rates and computing densities, i.e. operations per area of processor, never previously attained.
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Detective work in theoretical physics

“Dynamical density functional theory (DDFT) and related methods have been developed and applied by a number of researchers in a variety of contexts,” says lead author Michael te Vrugt. “We investigated which approaches there are and how they are connected – and for this purpose we needed to do a lot of work acting as historians and detectives."
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German Research Foundation to fund new Collaborative Research Centre "Intelligent Matter"

"Our programme combines interdisciplinary fundamental research and innovative applications. At the Center of Soft Nanoscience, the University of Münster has an excellent infrastructure to realize this programme. This CRC will further enhance the excellence and visibility of the core profile area of nanoscience at the University of Münster," says Bart Jan Ravoo.
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Nanophotonic Waveguides On A Silicon Chip
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Controlling fully integrated nanodiamonds

Researchers at the University of Münster have now succeeded for the first time in fully integrating nanodiamonds into nanophotonic circuits and at the same time addressing several of these nanodiamonds optically.
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Understanding the spread of infectious diseases

Physicists Michael te Vrugt, Jens Bickmann and Prof. Raphael Wittkowski from the Institute of Theoretical Physics and the Center for Soft Nanoscience at the University of Münster have developed a new model showing the spread of infectious diseases.
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New research group: High Resolution Cryo Electron Microscopy

"One of our first priorities will be to establish a cutting-edge cryoEM facility at the Center for Soft Nanoscience. We are excited about the numerous future opportunities for collaborative research and confident that the new infrastructure will set the stage for the development of novel biotechnological and therapeutic approaches."
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Award for Johannes Striebel

Johannes Striebel received the "Best Thesis Award 2020" from the Institut für Bioprozess- und Analysenmesstechnik e. V.  for his Masters thesis "Harnessing Macrophages for Cancer Immunotherapy - Adhesion Arrays for Selective Macrophage Capture and Differentiation via Surface Structures." The prize is for 1250 Euros.
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Working with Corona restrictions

"At the beginning of the Corona Pandemic we were not allowed to work in our laboratories. During that time I analysed data, wrote my doctoral thesis and read lots of publications at home. We held our weekly research group meeting online, making it possible to stay in touch with our professor and colleagues."
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Armido Studer
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Chemist admitted to Leopoldina Academy

With his work in the field of radical chemistry, Armino Studer has made a significant contribution to the renaissance of the chemistry of free radicals in organic synthesis and polymer chemistry.
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Soft nanomaterials for precision medications

SoN Scientist Interview Series

"For me chemistry and life are all about stability, everything tries to gain the ground state. I am highly motivated to understand and find practical solutions that can contribute towards helping us in the future."
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Imaging with the Tof-SIMS

SoN Scientist Interview Series

"Essentially, I take materials and discover not only their chemical composition, but the way those chemical species are distributed in three dimensions."
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Emma Lamonte
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Integrated Optics for Quantum Computing

SoN Scientist Interview Series

"Right now, we are testing a new and very promising material with several applications in quantum optics, trying to find the best fabrication process to achieve low-loss and high-performance devices. It is an ongoing and very exciting project!"
Full interview

Soft Matter
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New research group on Polymer and Colloid Science

SoN Scientist Interview Series

"I am currently leading an Emmy Noether Group that will start full swing in the SoN in June 2020. Our group specializes in functional soft matter nanostructures made from polymers and colloids..."
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Controlling cell behavior and delivering drugs locally

SoN Scientist Interview Series

“I work on the generation of functional nanobiomaterials, local drug delivery, and 3D bioprinting for biomedical engineering applications such as drug delivery systems, direct injectable biomaterial and tissue engineering."
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Hussaini Majiya
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Innovative dyes for keeping produce fresh

Hussaini Majiya is a guest scientist at the Center for Soft Nanoscience (SoN), where he is collaborating with Dr. Anzehla Galstyan. They are investigating possible solutions for keeping produce fresh in Sub-Saharan Africa and have generated some exciting results.
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Energiequantisierung In Hochtemperatur-supraleitern
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Quantum technologies: New insights into superconducting processes

Researchers at the SoN and Jülich demonstrate for the first time energy quantization in nanowires made of high-temperature superconductors- where the temperature is brought to the level below which quantum mechanical effects predominate. The results are published in the journal "Nature Communications."
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Technical Assistant job opening

A part-time position as a Technical Assistant (BTA/CTA) is open at the Center for Soft Nanoscience beginning the first of March (or later). The position is for a project researching cell functions by structuring Nanocomposite-Hydrogels with 3D bioprinting. For full details see:
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Meitner-Humboldt Research Award for Ron Naaman

Because of the potential significant impact his collaboration with Helmut Zacharias’s group will have on future research in the area of chiral and helical molecules, the Meitner-Humboldt Research Prize is financing Ron Naaman’s cooperation with SoN researchers for the next five years.
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Two SoN researchers top cited

According to the annual citation ranking from U.S. company Clarivate Analytics, Prof. Armido Studer, Prof. Frank Glorius (both Chemistry) and three other University of Münster scientists are among the world's most cited researchers.
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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.
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Mscec 2019 Announce
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MSCEC 2019

Visit Münster in Spring 2019!

Visit the Münster Symposium on Cooperative Effects in Chemistry on May 17th, 2019. Exciting plenary lectures are invited to contribute results in an extensive poster session or receive one of the MS_CEC Young Researcher Awards for an outstanding scientific paper.
MSCEC 2019 Website

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Novel nanophotonic chips for encrypted data transfer

Researchers at the University of Münster are currently working on developing a so-called quantum cryptographic process – a process that uses quantum information in the form of light particles to transmit data in encrypted form.
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Armido Studer
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Prof. Studer selected for Angewandte Chemie Editorial Board

Prof. Armido Studer has been selected to serve on the Editioral Board of the journal Angewandte Chemie. The Editorial Board is selected by the Gesellschaft Deutscher Chemiker (GDCh; German Chemical Society), who owns the journal, on recommendation from the current Editorial Board and Editorial Team.
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A Pyramid in Münster?

There is, and it's located in the Research Park near the Max-Planck Institute at the Center for Soft Nanoscience. One section of the numerous high-end labs, designed in collaboration with architecture firm Rainer Kresing, is located in the hill in front of the building. Here interfering vibrations and radiation are kept outside. Münster Urban [de]

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2019 Sino-German Symposium

Universal aspects of disordered systems: The generic cases of metallic glasses and colloids

From March 18-22 the Institute for Material Physics is hosting the next Sino-German Symposium at the Center for Soft Nanoscience. The symposium will contribute significantly to the development and utilization of many large-scale scientific facilities in China which are powerful tools to probe disordered systems. In addition to the scientific exchange, the proposed workshop will also benefit young scientists from both China and Germany. 2019 Sino-German Symposium Flyer

Photochemistry Symposium
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Invitation to Photochemistry Symposium

The Organic Chemistry Institute at the University of Münster is holding a symposium in English on the topic of Photochemistry on Monday the 14th of January. WWU News [de]

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Four disciplines united under a single roof

Researchers at the SoN prepare synthetic materials based on biological models such as addressable nanocontainers or materials that switch their function in response to an external trigger. Besides these fundamental investigations, the high-precision tools required to make and analyze these nanomaterials are developed at the SoN. WWU News

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More than just the perfect milk foam

Professor Björn Braunschweig and his team research how foam functions and how it can be controlled. The team, which is located in both the Institute of Physical Chemistry on Correnstrasse and at the Center for Soft Nanoscience (SoN) on Busso-Peus-Strasse, has highly specialized laboratories and extensive expertise on analyzing the interfaces between foam bubbles. For example, the researchers use a largely self-made optical laser spectrometer with which they can analyse the composition and orientation of molecular interfaces. WWU News [de]

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A look behind the scenes at the SoN

The new "Center for Soft Nanoscience" (SoN) on Busso-Peuss-Straße in Münster is modern, bright and functional. "The SoN will be a high-tech location for Nano research," predicts physics professor Helmut Zacharias, one of the SoN co-directors. Fourteen groups from chemistry, physics, biology and biomedicine will be working in the same location. "For the first time we have four different disciplines in nanoscience working under one roof – a truly unique building," adds his colleague [and co-director], chemistry professor Bart Jan Ravoo. "Through our work together we will have a new impetus." WWU News [de]