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© Bill Oxford/Unsplash

Activating palladium catalysis by light: teaching an old transition metal new tricks

In the production of compounds, chemists have the goal of finding strategies that are most selective and avoid waste products. This helps to drive industrial innovation and drug development. Now a team of researchers at Münster University developed a new approach to allyl functionalization using radical chemistry. The study has been published in “Nature Catalysis”.

Young family searching for online health information<address>© Lars König/Regina Jucks</address>
© Lars König/Regina Jucks

Health forums: Style of language influences credibility and trust

Informations on health topics in Internet forums are often so complex that laypersons are barely able to form considered judgements on the advice. One criterion which users apply instead in evaluating the information is the style of the language used. This is the result of the research carried out by psychologists at the University of Münster.


<address>© WWU - Kathrin Nolte</address>
© WWU - Kathrin Nolte

Older students as ambassadors of knowledge for the University

The publication of two anthologies on the debate in Münster on the culture of remembrance with regard to Paul von Hindenburg and on gender history in Westphalia based on the example of the diaries of Anna Topheide: these are the results so far of the research carried out by Klaus-Dieter Franke. Since the winter semester of 2015/16, he has been taking part in the Senior Guest Programme.

<address>© Frederik Sandfort/ Pixabay</address>
© Frederik Sandfort/ Pixabay

Predicting reaction results: Machines learn chemistry

In the production of chemical compounds, the success of each individual reaction depends on numerous parameters. It is not always possible to predict whether a reaction will take place and how well it will work. Chemists and computer scientists from Münster University have now developed a tool based on artificial intelligence. The study has been published in “Chem”.


Buildings of the University of Münster to close after Wednesday

The University of Münster (WWU) is taking further steps to slow down the spread of the novel coronavirus. Starting on Wednesday, 18 March at 6 pm, the buildings of the University will be open only to WWU employees including student and research assistants.

<address>© WWU - Jan Lehmann</address>
© WWU - Jan Lehmann

Botanical Garden remains closed for the time being

As a further measure to reduce the risk of infection by the corona virus, the Botanical Garden of the University of Münster will remain closed until further notice. This applies to individual visits as well as all public guided tours taking place there.

In a recent publication, Prof. Nora Markard looked at the issues of rescues at sea, places of safety and the behaviour of the EU.<address>© - RVNW</address>
© - RVNW

"We need solidarity in finding a solution for refugees"

In a recent publication, Nora Markard, Professor of International Public Law and International Human Rights Protection at the University of Münster, looked at the issues of sea rescues, places of safety and the behaviour of the European Union (EU). In this interview, Nora Markard explains the legal situation, current practice on the part of the EU and what needs to change in future.

The research vessel &quot;Sonne&quot;<address>© Jan Steffen GEOMAR (CC BY 4.0)</address>
© Jan Steffen GEOMAR (CC BY 4.0)

Geochemists set sail with research vessel "Sonne"

On 6 March, 35 international scientists set off on a special research trip. With the research vessel "Sonne" they set off from Cape Town in South Africa into the Indian Ocean to study the submarine uplift "Marion Rise" on the Southwest Indian Ridge. Also on board are four researchers from the Institute of Mineralogy of the Münster University.

<address>© WWU - Collaborative Research Centre 1348</address>
© WWU - Collaborative Research Centre 1348

"Biology lessons at school should be exciting"

Collaborative Research Centre (CRC) 1348 – "Dynamic Cellular Interfaces" – at University of Münster offers school students majoring in Biology an opportunity to take a close-up look at university research and conduct their own experiments. For two weeks, every spring and autumn, senior school students can be found at the Institute of Neuro- and Behavioural Biology.

From left to right: Dr. Matthias Kiel (biologist), Sebastian Thiele (PhD student in computer science), Samuel Young (PhD student in biology) und Lars Haalck (PhD student in computer science). The team of four has acquired funding for a joint research project.<address>© WWU - Marie Monecke</address>
© WWU - Marie Monecke

20,000 euros for junior scientists in "cell dynamics and imaging"

15 junior researchers at the University of Münster have received nearly 20,000 euros in funding by the Cells in Motion Interfaculty Centre. They will use the money to implement their own research ideas, gain experience in another working group or present their research findings at international conferences. An example: A team of four wants to develop an imaging system for analysing sperm motility.

The evacuation radius for university buildings on 28 February. The numbers indicate the affected buildings on the university site plan.<address>© WWU - Stabsstelle Arbeits- und Umweltschutz</address>
© WWU - Stabsstelle Arbeits- und Umweltschutz

Suspicion of unexploded WW II Bombs at Domplatz not confirmed

On Friday morning, 28 February, two suspected unexploded bombs from the Second World War were uncovered on the cathedral square. Since these were so-called ground detonators, defusing them was not necessary. There are numerous university institutions in the vicinity of the site. The road closures in the city centre were lifted. The university buildings in the evacuation radius remain closed today.

Hussaini Majiya<address>© WWU - Melissa Pernice</address>
© WWU - Melissa Pernice

Innovative dyes for keeping produce fresh

Hussaini Majiya is a guest scientist at the Center for Soft Nanoscience (SoN) at the University of Münster, where he is collaborating with Dr. Anzehla Galstyan, a junior research group leader. They are investigating possible solutions for keeping produce fresh in Sub-Saharan Africa.

<address>© WWU - MünsterView/Kahtrin Nolte</address>
© WWU - MünsterView/Kahtrin Nolte

University museums: positioned between research, teaching and the public

At the University of Münster the transfer of knowledge into society also takes place through the Archaeological Museum and the Bible Museum. In this guest commentary, Prof. Hermann Parzinger, President of the Stiftung Preußischer Kulturbesitz, describes the collections as a showcase for research.

The reproducibility of research results is one of the fundamental quality criteria in science.<address>© Helloquence on Unsplash</address>
© Helloquence on Unsplash

"A rethinking in the minds of researchers is necessary"

The reproducibility of research results is one of the fundamental quality criteria in science. The demand for transparency of the scientific knowledge process aims to ensure the repeatability of scientific studies or experiments. In four guest comments, scientists describe how the topic of reproducibility of research results is handled in their field.

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