Consolidator Grants for Andrea Rentmeister and Timo Betz

Chemist and physicist receive millions in funding from the European Research Council
Prof. Andrea Rentmeister and Prof. Timo Betz<address>© WWU/Laura Grahn, Laura Schenk</address>
© WWU/Laura Grahn, Laura Schenk

Double success: two "Consolidator Grants" from the European Research Council (ERC) go to researchers at the University of Münster. Prof. Andrea Rentmeister, a chemist, and physicist Prof. Timo Betz each receive one of the coveted fundings – in total, almost four million euros.

Professor Winter appointed as member of the National Academy of Science and Engineering

Prof. Dr. Martin Winter<address>© MEET / Judith Kraft</address>
© MEET / Judith Kraft

The development of our society highly depends on technical-scientic and technical-political decisions on fostering future technologies. To set the course in a foresighted manner the National Academy of Science and Engineering (acatech) is committed to strengthen the professional knowledge in Germany. The institution aims to provide advice to politics and society on technology-related matters. Now Professor Martin Winter was appointed as a member.

Battery Research: German-Taiwanese Research Project Launched

Aim of increasing performance and safety of lithium-ion batteries
Members of the German-Taiwanese research cooperation project with representatives of the universities and research institutes involved and representatives of BMBF and MOST<address>© WWU/Peter Leßmann</address>
© WWU/Peter Leßmann

A German–Taiwanese research cooperation project was launched at the MEET Battery Research Center of the University of Münster. 18 research institutions will jointly investigate new materials that are set to lead to lithium-ion batteries with considerably increased performance and operational safety.

Ten years of molecular imaging at EIMI

The EIMI Directors extend an invitation to the symposium being held on December 5
The EIMI team is delighted to be celebrating the Institute’s tenth anniversary.<address>© EIMI/S. Marschalkowski</address>
© EIMI/S. Marschalkowski

The European Institute for Molecular Imaging is celebrating its tenth anniversary. The researchers there use and develop imaging techniques to visualize processes in organisms, tissues and cells. EIMI was instrumental in laying the foundation for the Cells-in-Motion Cluster of Excellence.

“School Students Uni” in Argentina

Researchers from the Cells-in-Motion Cluster of Excellence pay visits to the University in Buenos Aires and to German schools there
At the Hölters school, too, the two researchers fired students’ fascination for their research.<address>© Hölters-Schule</address>
© Hölters-Schule

Two researchers from the Cells-in-Motion Cluster of Excellence travelled to Buenos Aires at the end of October to share their knowledge with schoolchildren and students there. 80 students from two German schools learned for example about the role played by chemistry when using imaging methods.

Researchers develop chip-scale optical abacus

Calculating with light pulses / Towards the computer of tomorrow
Illustration of a chip-scale optical abacus with integrated optical waveguides. The memory cells are located at the crossings. The abacus is shown for demonstration – the colours of the digits are reflected in four of the memory cells.<address>© WWU/Johannes Feldmann</address>
© WWU/Johannes Feldmann

A team of researchers led by Prof. Wolfram Pernice from the Institute of Physics at Münster University has developed a miniature abacus on a microchip which calculates using light signals. With it they are paving the way to the development of new types of computer in which, as in the human brain, the computing and storage functions are combined in one element.

"We do research to benefit patients"

A lab visit to Prof. Johannes Roth
Paediatrician Prof. Johannes Roth is a CiM group leader and Director of the Institute of Immunology.<address>© © CiM - Peter Leßmann</address>
© © CiM - Peter Leßmann

Prof. Johannes Roth is investigating the causes of inflammatory reactions at the Cells-in-Motion Cluster of Excellence. For many years he worked as a basic researcher and a paediatrician at the same time. His greatest aim is to discover basic mechanisms which can lead to diagnostic or therapeutic processes.

Excellence Strategy: Threefold success for the University of Münster

Experts select three applications from Münster for the final round / Rector Johannes Wessels: “A very pleasing result”
<address>© WWU - Judith Kraft</address>
© WWU - Judith Kraft

A threefold success for the University of Münster in the Excellence Strategy: in a preliminary decision, an international committee of experts has assessed three of the four draft proposals submitted by the University for Clusters of Excellence as being promising. The committee has called on each of the research teams to submit detailed applications for funding by 21 February 2018.

International Welcome Week September 27-29

International degree seeking students
Welcome Week<address>© WWU - Die Brücke</address>
© WWU - Die Brücke

New to Münster and at University? Don't worry, just join the Welcome Week to meet students from all over the world, have fun with different activities and learn all about studying and living in Münster.

New method of analysing lymphoedema

Münster researchers develop a new diagnostic imaging technique for lymphoedema
3D computer reconstruction of a healthy human skin biobsy. Spatial arrangement of blood vessels (white) and lymphatic vessels (red) is distinctly visible.<address>© JCI Insight</address>
© JCI Insight

Researchers at the Cells-in-Motion Cluster of Excellence have developed a new method for producing digital 3D reconstructions of blood and lymphatic vessels from tissue samples and then creating images of them for analysis. The study has been published in the “JCI Insight” journal.

Münster University’s Professor Frank Glorius receives Arthur C. Cope Scholar Award

Recognition for research undertaken in the field of organic chemistry
Prof. Frank Glorius<address>© Dr. Peter Dziemba</address>
© Dr. Peter Dziemba

A major honour for Frank Glorius: the Professor of Organic Chemistry at the University of Münster has been accorded an Arthur C. Cope Scholar Award by the American Chemical Society (ACS). The award is conferred for outstanding achievements in organic chemistry and is worth $45,000.

Samples from the desert in her luggage

Visiting researcher from Ethiopia investigates microorganisms at the Cells-in-Motion Cluster of Excellence.
Visiting researcher at the Cells-in-Motion Cluster of Excellence: Lulit Tilahun Wolde from Ethiopia.<address>© CiM - Roberto Schirdewahn</address>
© CiM - Roberto Schirdewahn

Lulit Tilahun Wolde, a biotechnologist, loves travelling. Her research regularly takes her to one of the hottest and most inhospitable places in the world: Dallol. Dallol is a region in Danakil Desert, north-east Ethiopia, where Lulit Wolde takes water and soil samples once a year among acid ponds and lava rock.

Chemists of the University of Münster develope a new method for the formation of fluorinated molecular rings

Sought-after compounds readily accessible for the first time / Science publication as “breakthrough”
Prof. Frank Glorius, Dr. Wei Li, Dr. Zackaria Nairoukh, Mario Wiesenfeldt<address>© Dr. Peter Dziemba</address>
© Dr. Peter Dziemba

Chemists led by Prof. Frank Glorius from the University of Münster have developed a new and practical synthetic method for the formation of fluorinated three-dimensional “saturated” molecular ring structures. This development can have great importance for the efficient production of new molecules and, consequently, new drugs, crop protection agents and functional materials.

“We do research to cure cancer in children and adolescents”

A lab visit to Prof. Claudia Rössig
Pediatrician Prof. Claudia Rössig is a CiM research group leader and director of the Department of Pediatric Hematology and Oncology of University Children’s Hospital Muenster.<address>© CiM</address>
© CiM

Pediatrician Prof. Claudia Rössig is convinced of the chances for the immunotherapeutic treatment of children with cancer. Her research group at the Cells-in-Motion Cluster of Excellence is aiming to modify patients’ T cells in such a way that they can systematically recognize or destroy cancer cells in solid tumours, or at least keep them in check.