<address>© Uni Münster - Jean-Marie Tronquet</address>
© Uni Münster - Jean-Marie Tronquet

Researchers will be talking about their work in pubs

At the event “Münster’s knowledge freshly tapped”, taking place on 26 and 28 September, anyone interested can “tap” the knowledge of researchers from Münster! In a relaxed atmosphere the scientists will provide insight into various fields of research. There will be talks in English and in German. Entry is free.

Around 120 guests from science and industry will be meeting at the BACCARA Power Day<address>© BACCARA</address>

BACCARA International Graduate School hosts a Power Day

At the BACCARA Power Day, which takes place on Thursday September 7 at the University of Münster, around 120 guests from science and industry will be meeting to discuss about current issues in the field of battery research. PhD student Simon Albers provides insights into the conference programme.


Thanks to the grants he is receiving, Dr. Rudolf Zeidler will be able to continue his research work in the field of scalar curvature at Münster University.<address>© WWU - Victoria Liesche</address>
© WWU - Victoria Liesche

"ERC Starting Grant" for Rudolf Zeidler

Dr. Rudolf Zeidler from the Mathematical Institute has been awarded an "ERC Starting Grant" from the European Research Council (ERC) and has been accepted by the DFG to the Heisenberg Programme. The funding will enable him to set up his own research group in the field of scalar curvature.

Side view of the structure – optimised using quantum mechanics density functional theory – of a ballbot-type chain of molecules<address>© Münster University – AG Doltsinis</address>
© Münster University – AG Doltsinis

Researchers produce polymers from ballbot-type carbenes for the first time

Working together with Chinese researchers, Münster physicists and chemists have, for the first time, produced long-chain mobile polymers on metallic surfaces, doing so by means of ballbot-type molecules which glide over the surface. Details of the work have been published in the journal “Nature Chemistry”.

Just like our hands, certain organic molecules relate to each other like an image and its reflection - a phenomenon that chemists call &quot;chirality&quot; or &quot;handedness&quot;.<address>© AG Gilmour</address>
© AG Gilmour

Light regulates structural conversion of chiral molecules

A team of chemists from the University of Münster developed a novel concept in which a mixture of molecules that behave like mirror images is converted to a single form. To this end, they use light as external energy source. The conversion is relevant e.g. for the preparation of drugs. The study is now published in the journal “Nature”.

The University of Münster’s Geomuseum is now open again.<address>© WWU - Christoph Steinweg</address>
© WWU - Christoph Steinweg

Geomuseum re-opened

After many years of conversion and renovation work, the University of Münster’s Geomuseum is now open again since yesterday (August 10). Inside the museum, visitors can trace the history of the Earth from the Big Bang up to the present day.

For their research, the biologists used the model plant Arabidopsis thaliana (thale cress).<address>© Adobe Stock</address>
© Adobe Stock

Protein switches enable plants to make the transition from dark to light

How plants manage their metabolism in the daily light-dark transition is a tour de force. Biologists at the University of Münster have now analysed what happens at the molecular level and found that thousands of protein switches enable plants to make the transition from dark to light. An atlas of protein modifications is now open to the public.

University physicians planning to develop a digital experts’ forum with the EXPERT project<address>© - mrmohock</address>
© - mrmohock

Interdisciplinary teamwork reduces complications in bone fractures

Bone fractures can occur very quickly. But not all fractures are the same. In order to provide the best possible care for patients in such cases, interdisciplinary consultation in diagnostics and therapy is essential. This is where the EXPERT project at the Medical Faculty of the University of Münster comes in. University physicians are planning to develop a digital experts’ forum.

The series of folding steps represents successive reactions. Starting from the simple cyclobutanol starting material (&quot;piece of paper&quot;), an isolable intermediate compound can be produced (&quot;origami hat&quot;). By adding a Brønsted acid activator, an intramolecular cyclisation is triggered, which leads to high value-added tetralin derivatives (&quot;origami boat&quot;). Alternatively, so-called nucleophiles can be introduced by activating the benzylic carbon-fluorine bond (&quot;origami heart&quot;).<address>© Münster University - Gilmour Group</address>
© Münster University - Gilmour Group

Chemists develop reaction cascade to produce fluorinated molecules

A team led by Prof. Ryan Gilmour at the Organic Chemistry Institute has reported in “Nature Communications” on the rapid generation of new fluorinated molecular fragments for drug discovery using organocatalysis.

Susanne Hölting enjoys the tranquillity of the Botanical Garden.<address>© Münster University - Peter Leßmann</address>
© Münster University - Peter Leßmann

Photo competition “My favourite place at the Uni”: Enter now!

The Comms & PR Department of Münster University is calling on all staff, students, alumni/alumnae and friends of the University to take part in a photo competition on the theme of “My favourite place at Münster Uni”. You can take part up to 6 September 2023 and submit your photo by email or publish it on Instagram, using the hashtag #UniMSFotowettbewerb23.

Dentists could assume a decisive role in recognising victims of domestic violence.<address>© Unsplash - Ozkan Guner</address>
© Unsplash - Ozkan Guner

Physician investigates importance of dentists in recognising domestic violence

Dentists could assume a decisive role in recognising victims of domestic violence. Studies on this are rare, however. In her dissertation, Dr. Jana Bregulla lays bare research gaps and calls for the issue of dealing with domestic violence to be embedded in university teaching and further training courses.

Prof. Jan vom Brocke (from left), Prof. Yuri Kazepov and Dr. Francesca Cadeddu give insights into their interdisciplinary work.<address>© WWU - Designservice</address>
© WWU - Designservice

Ingredients for Collaboration: Vision and Playfulness

With around 8,000 employees, 15 faculties and more than 45,000 students, the University of Münster offers plenty of opportunities for networking and teamwork. In a dossier published over the past six months, the Communications and Public Relations Department has taken a close look at the theme of collaboration. To round, three international universities provide insights into their work.

The BACCARA research school focuses on interdisciplinarity in the training of young scientists<address>© MEET - Peter Leßmann</address>
© MEET - Peter Leßmann

Developing the batteries of tomorrow together

The Graduate School of BACCARA was established on 1 July 2020. A programme covers the fields of materials science, (macro-)molecular chemistry, electrochemistry, catalysis and battery cell research for energy storage as well as life cycle analysis and recycling. In their guest contributions, two doctoral students present the importance that interdisciplinarity has in their everyday research.

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