"I would never otherwise have asked how important religion is in law."

Law scholar Prof Nils Jansen on his research and interdisciplinary work at the Cluster of Excellence "Religion and Politics
Drawing on tracts of late scholasticism, legal historian Nils Jansen explores how law broke away from theology and developed into its own area in society.<address>© EXC Religion und Politik - Wilfried Gerharz</address>
© EXC Religion und Politik - Wilfried Gerharz

Law scholar Prof Nils Jansen has been speaker of the Cluster of Excellence "Religion and Politics" since this year. In his portrait, he talks about his research on Spanish late scholasticism and its influence on today's law as well as the advantages of interdisciplinary work in the Cluster of Excellence.

Discovery of a new heart muscle component

Researchers at Münster University have identified a motor protein that is important for the contractile units of heart muscle.
Transmission electron micrograph of heart muscle. The repeating striped elements represent sarcomeres, and the dark structures represent mitochondria.<address>© Andreas Unger</address>
© Andreas Unger

The heart muscularizes by contracting numerous contractile units of the heart muscle. Biologists at Münster University have found out that a specific motor protein is responsible for the assembly and mechanical stability of sarcomeres in the heart. The study has been published in “The Journal of Biological Chemistry”.

Battery research: Scientists in a self-contained laboratory look for flaws in cells

Deliberate Short Circuits and Nail Torture as a Means of Enhancing Security
The scientists place the battery cells in the test rooms from outside the building.<address>© WWU - Peter Leßmann</address>
© WWU - Peter Leßmann

Scientists test the safety of cells in the battery safety laboratory which is part of the MEET battery research centre. A topic that is of great importance in view of the planned electric-powered vehicles. "The fact that this building has been placed at our disposal is a dream come true", underlines Dr. Markus Börner.

"Our PhD students and postdocs should get to know one another"

Münster University promotes an interdisciplinary culture among junior researchers in many different ways - here are two examples
<address>© WWU - Kathrin Nolte</address>
© WWU - Kathrin Nolte

Helping junior researchers to look beyond their own four walls in preparation for an academic career is something that the University of Münster does not only in a decentralised way – in individual faculties, with a wide range of qualification opportunities – but also across faculty borders, with numerous centralised offers of support.

"I want to show Jewish culture in all its richness"

Katrin Kogman-Appel, holder of a Humboldt Professorship of Jewish Studies, researches at the "Religion and Politics" Cluster of Excellence
The Jewish studies scholar and Humboldt Professor Katrin Kogman-Appel devotes her academic life to illustrated Jewish manuscripts of the Middle Ages.<address>© Cluster of Excellence Religion and Politics - Wilfried Gerharz</address>
© Cluster of Excellence Religion and Politics - Wilfried Gerharz

With the Jewish studies scholar Katrin Kogman-Appel, the WWU succeeded in 2016 in bringing one of the most internationally renowned experts in this field to Münster. She enriches conversations about world religions, conversations for which the University offers ideal conditions, not least with the "Religion and Politics" Cluster of Excellence.

Four disciplines united under a single roof

SoN Spokespersons Prof. Helmut Zacharias (Physics) and Prof. Bart Jan Ravoo (Chemistry) report on the new research building
The Center for Soft Nanoscience from the outside<address>© WWU - Peter Leßmann</address>
© WWU - Peter Leßmann

In the new research building Center for Soft Nanoscience (SoN) researchers investigate how nanomaterials with complex properties and functions are produced in nature in order to follow this proven design strategy. The four disciplines of physics, chemistry, biology and biomedicine are now for the first time united under a single roof.

Converting biomass by applying mechanical force

Nanoscientists discovering a new reaction mechanism to cleave cellulose efficiently and environmentally friendly.
The molecular structure of cellulose, to which nanoscientists applied mechanical force (green arrows). The hydrolysis reaction changed dramatically as a result.<address>© Saeed Amirjalayer et al./Angew Chem</address>
© Saeed Amirjalayer et al./Angew Chem

Nanoscientists at Münster University have succeeded in demonstrating a new reaction mechanism to cleave cellulose efficiently. This new reaction could lead to an efficient, environmentally friendly and cost-effective process for the conversion of biomass. The study was published in the journal "Angewandte Chemie".

From dandelion to car tyre

Project by plant researchers of Münster University is a highlight of the "Plant biotechnology of the future" initiative
Dandelion (Taraxacum spec.)<address>© PLANT 2030</address>
© PLANT 2030

In the recently published final report of the nationwide initiative "Plant Biotechnology of the Future", a project by scientists of the University of Münster has been selected as one of six research highlights of the programme. The scientists investigated how the Russian dandelion can be used sustainably to produce raw materials such as latex or rubber.

One term – three different interpretations

How the three Clusters of Excellence understand and use "dynamics"
„Dynamic” has a wide range of meanings in research at the University of Münster.<address>© WWU - Jan Lehmann</address>
© WWU - Jan Lehmann

As different as the term "dynamic" is used and understood in science, so diverse are the research areas of the University of Münster, in which dynamic even plays a central role in the title. The spokespersons of the three clusters of excellence provide information on their understanding of the term.

Developing future super-batteries

New research initiative will power up Europe’s battery revolution / Involvement of the University of Münster
Formulation of electrolytes with High Throughput Screening (HTS)<address>© MEET/Judith Kraft</address>
© MEET/Judith Kraft

The new "Battery 2030+" large-scale research initiative supported by the European Commission will gather leading scientists in Europe, as well as the industry, to achieve a leap forward in battery science and technology. The first “Battery 2030+” project kicks off in March 2019. The University of Münster and the Helmholtz-Institute Münster are involved.

Chemist receives most important German prize for junior researchers

Heinz Maier-Leibnitz Prize for Münster University chemist / Presentation on 28 May in Berlin
Dr. Fabian Dielmann<address>© © Andreas Endermann</address>
© © Andreas Endermann

For his outstanding research in the field of inorganic molecular chemistry, Münster University chemist Dr. Fabian Dielmann receives a Heinz Maier-Leibnitz Prize, worth 20,000 euros, from the German Research Foundation (DFG) and the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). The prize is seen as the most important award for the promotion of junior researchers in Germany.

Biology teachers back to the lecture hall

A series of lectures organised by the Collaborative Research Centre "Dynamic Cellular Interfaces" at Münster University helps teachers to stay on the ball.
Nicola Birkner and Gregor Poell teach biology at their schools and like to come back to &quot;their&quot; old university.<address>© WWU - MünsterView</address>
© WWU - MünsterView

Even teachers learn lifelong: A series of lectures organised by the Collaborative Research Centre "Dynamic Cellular Interfaces" at the University of Münster aims to transfer some of the current advance in biology into the classroom. Both teachers and high school students enjoy the opportunity.

"Spirituality is the common factor in any dialogue between religions"

In a new book, Prof. Ahmad Milad Karimi describes how dialogue between Christianity and Islam is possible – Read his guest commentary here
Prof. Ahmad Milad Karimi<address>© WWU - Peter Grewer</address>
© WWU - Peter Grewer

In the book entitled "Im Herzen der Spiritualität. Wie sich Muslime und Christen begegnen können" ("At the heart of spirituality. How Muslims and Christians can approach each other"), published in 2019 (by Herder, 288 pp, ISBN 978-3-451-03131-1), Prof. Ahmad Milad Karimi and Benedictine monk and author Father Anselm Grün explore the common features that religions have, as well as the differences between them.

Karin Hassels and Peter Eggert look after tomorrow’s chemical laboratory assistants

"Our trainees should use the opportunities they are given here"
<address>© WWU - Peter Leßmann</address>
© WWU - Peter Leßmann

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).

Why forgetting at work can be a good thing

New study by psychologists and information scientists provides basis for trustworthy information systems
Prof. Dr. Guido Hertel

Psychologists and information scientists at the University of Münster have looked at how digital information systems support daily work and why it can be a good for us to forget certain things. The results of their study have been published in the "Ergonomics" journal.