They are the first YAM fellows at the Mathematics Münster Cluster of Excellence: Junior Parfait Ngalamo, Marjory Mwanza and Abakar Assouna Mahamat (from left).<address>© Uni MS - Victoria Liesche</address>
© Uni MS - Victoria Liesche

Surrounded by top-level reseachers

The "Young African Mathematicians Fellowship Program" (YAM program) enables talented and highly motivated master's graduates from Africa to further their academic development in a stimulating, international environment and lay down a solid foundation for their own careers. Since October, for the first time, three YAM fellows have been guests at the Mathematics Münster Cluster of Excellence.

With their newly developed method, chemists can precisely incorporate a difluoromethyl group (highlighted in light blue) regioselectively, i.e. at certain positions, into pyridine rings – either in the para-position (yellow arrow) or the meta-position (blue arrow). The nitrogen atom within the pyridine ring is shown in dark blue.<address>© Uni MS - AG Studer</address>
© Uni MS - AG Studer

New method for introducing fluorinated components into molecules

A team of researchers led by Prof Dr Armido Studer from the Institute of Organic Chemistry at the University of Münster presents a new strategy, with which the so-called difluoromethyl group can be precisely introduced at specific sites in pyridine derivatives. This method could potentially identify candidates for new drugs and agrochemicals.

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.


Abstract connection between genetics and technology: nature can serve as a model in developing algorithms.<address>© Alex -</address>
© Alex -

Christian Grimme explains the principle of evolutionary algorithms

In many ways, nature serves as a model for processes and functions which we use in our everyday lives. Prof. Christian Grimme from the Department of Information Systems at the University of Münster has been working for many years now on, and with, so-called evolutionary algorithms which – as the name suggests – are oriented towards the underlying thoughts contained in the theory of biological evolution. Kathrin Kottke spoke to him about the function of this informatics-based approach.

Young scientists accompany experienced researchers to the University of Münster.<address>© University of Münster - Peter Leßmann</address>
© University of Münster - Peter Leßmann

Building up long-term networks

As far as scientific activities are concerned, Münster is one of the most active foreign universities in Brazil. Two Brazilian researchers who are currently guests at the University of Münster symbolise the close networks: Prof. Elaine Maria Souza Fagundes and Prof. José Carlos Vaz are the incumbents of the ‘Brazil Chair’.

Since 2003 DNA Day has paid tribute to the decoding of the double helix structure of the genetic material of all living beings.<address>© -</address>
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Chemist sheds light on his latest research on the occasion of DNA Day

During his doctoral studies, chemist Dr Nils Flothkötter looked into the question of whether DNA could be used as a component in miniaturised electronic devices in the future. On the occasion of DNA Day on 25 April, he offers insight into his research.

Linearly polarised light passes through an atomically thin semiconductor in a magnetic field. The polarisation is rotated and slightly elliptical (schematic diagram).<address>© Nature Communications (Nat Commun) ISSN 2041-1723 (online); Creative Commons licence</address>
© Nature Communications (Nat Commun) ISSN 2041-1723 (online); Creative Commons licence

Study shows: 2D materials rotate light polarisation

In a recent study, physicists led by Prof Rudolf Bratschitsch from the University of Münster and Prof Ashish Arora from IISER in Pune, India, have demonstrated that ultra-thin two-dimensional materials such as tungsten diselenide could become the heart of optical isolators.

Prof Dr Karin Busch (left) and ATP content in mitochondria<address>© Uni MS - AG Busch</address>
© Uni MS - AG Busch

“Research Grant” for cell biologist Karin Busch

With an international team of researchers, cell biologist Prof. Karin Busch from the University of Münster aims to understand the significance of ion distribution in mitochondria for the formation of long-term memory.

Prof. Armido Studer heads a working group Institute of Organic Chemistry.<address>© Uni MS - AK Studer</address>
© Uni MS - AK Studer

European Research Council awards Armido Studer an Advanced Grant

The European Research Council has awarded an ERC Advanced Grant worth 2.5 million euros to Prof. Armido Studer. The grant will enable Studer to realise a project in the field of so-called radical water activation in the coming five years.

The &quot;AI Research EXPO&quot; of the Center for Nonlinear Science will take place on 23 April.<address>© CeNoS</address>
© CeNoS

Physicist Katrin Schmietendorf on AI in research and teaching

The Center for Nonlinear Science (CeNoS) at the University of Münster is inviting anyone interested to the “AI Research EXPO” event as part of the interdisciplinary “InterKI” (KI = AI) teaching programme. In this interview, Dr. Katrin Schmietendorf from CeNoS, who is the coordinator of the teaching programme, about artificial research in research and teaching and about the EXPO on April 23.

Michelangeloʼs world-famous fresco “The Creation of Adam” was painted between 1508 and 1512. In the view of neuroscientist Frank Meshberger, the depiction of God the Father corresponds to a cross-section of the human brain.<address>© Wikipedia, public domain</address>
© Wikipedia, public domain

Evolution: in a dialogue with theology

Prejudices regarding a supposed conflict between the theory of evolution and the theological understanding of creation remain stubborn. These are based on stretching the theory of evolution into a materialistic and atheistic ideology. In fact, the theory offers a range of approaches for a dialogue with theology.

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© geralt -

A powerful tool for basic research

While new therapies are emerging based on modern methods of genetic engineering, the use of genetically modified micro-organisms such as bacteria or yeast in many areas of human life have become part of our everyday existence – for example, in the manufacture of pharmaceuticals or of enzymes for detergents. In the food industry, too, enzymes – amongst other things – are manufactured by using such micro-organisms. This article introduces the topic.

Lymphatic vessels developing in a zebra fish: cells in the connective tissue (fibroblasts, green) produce the protein VEGF-C and influence the migration of lymphatic endothelial cells (red). The use of genetic engineering enables researchers to mark the two types of cell and make them visible.<address>© Andreas van Impel</address>
© Andreas van Impel

Researchers – knowing exactly what they are doing

Many scientists at the University of Münster work with genetic engineering processes and methods. Using three organisms - virus, plant and fish - we provide insights into their research and the purposes for which genetic engineering is used.

Prof Dr Simon Lux, shown here with a battery cell in an innovation lab at the FFB PreFab, completed his doctorate under Prof Dr Martin Winter at the MEET Battery Research Centre at the University of Münster.<address>© Fraunhofer FFB</address>
© Fraunhofer FFB

A portrait of battery researcher Simon Lux

Prof Dr Simon Lux has been a member of the management trio of the Fraunhofer Research Institution for Battery Cell Production (Fraunhofer FFB) in Münster since 2022, which will open the FFB PreFab in Amelsbüren on 30 April. He is also a professor of applied electrochemical energy storage technology and industrial chemistry at the University of Münster. A portrait.

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