Using an evolutionary algorithm based on evolutionary processes (shown figuratively in the middle), the most important structural features of the molecules are identified in a data set (left) and summarised in a digital “molecular fingerprint” (right). On this basis, predictive models can be trained and used, for example, in the search for new drugs (bottom right).<address>© Felix Katzenburg, Glorius Group</address>
© Felix Katzenburg, Glorius Group

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.

Research at Münster University

A new image video presents the research profile of the University of Münster. In around three and a half minutes, the audience gets to know different areas of research - from basic research to application-oriented projects, the complex challenges of the 21st century that scientists are working on are presented.

Excellent research

Over 600 professors and more than 5.000 academic employees research and teach within 15 faculties. The Clusters of Excellence "Religion and Politics" and "Mathematics Münster" bring researchers together from different faculties and sub-disciplines of the University. Aside from these, the University of Münster supports cutting-edge research in a number of internationally renowned fields, such as medicine, chemistry, physics and battery reserach as well as evolutionary science.

Prizes and awards
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Prizes and awards

The University of Münster is home to ten Leibniz Prize winners. The University's excellent research quality is further underscored by twenty ERC Grants (Starting, Consolidator and Advanced) and six Max Planck Research Awards. The University also confers its own highly lucrative awards for outstanding achievement in research, teaching and academics.

Open Science
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Open Science

The University of Münster is committed to the principles of open science. Research transparency and reliability are essential criteria for good scientific practice and a basic prerequisite for the creation of publicly accessible and sound knowledge in all scientific disciplines.

Junior researchers
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Supporting junior researchers

Münster University supports its junior academics as much as it can. Once a supervisor has been found for a doctoral thesis the next step is to apply to the University and enrol. Research Training Groups and funding programmes can help to finance the time when the thesis is being written.