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Chemistry - Physics - 16.05.2024
New method for introducing fluorinated components into molecules
New method for introducing fluorinated components into molecules
A team of chemists at the University of Münster has developed a synthesis method for the site-selective integration of the biologically relevant difluoromethyl group into pyridines The difluoromethyl group often determines the properties of bioactive molecules and is therefore particularly interesting for drug research.

Chemistry - Computer Science - 10.05.2024
Evolutionary algorithm generates tailored 'molecular fingerprints'
Evolutionary algorithm generates tailored ’molecular fingerprints’
Team at the University of Münster develops an improved method for explaining machine predictions of chemical reactions Artificial intelligence and machine learning are becoming more and more relevant in everyday life - and the same goes for chemistry. Organic chemists, for example, are interested in how machine learning can help discover and synthesise new molecules that are effective against diseases or are useful in other ways.

Physics - 19.04.2024
2D materials rotate light polarisation
2D materials rotate light polarisation
German-Indian research team achieves further step towards miniaturised optical isolators / For on-chip integration of optical computer technologies It has been known for centuries that light exhibits wave-like behaviour in certain situations. Some materials are able to rotate the polarisation, i.e. the direction of oscillation, of the light wave when the light passes through the material.

Chemistry - Pharmacology - 10.04.2024
New strategy for assessing the applicability of reactions
New strategy for assessing the applicability of reactions
Team from the University of Münster presents computer-aided method / Counteracting subjective bias in studies on the production of new chemical compounds Chemists often develop and optimise new chemical reactions using so-called model systems, i.e. simple, easily accessible substrates.

Life Sciences - Health - 04.04.2024
Because they know what they are doing: virus, plant, fish
Because they know what they are doing: virus, plant, fish
Virus, plant, fish: three working groups give an insight into their research It is only 80 to 120 nanometers in size, but has a big impact: the influenza virus. The pathogen is usually responsible for the annual flu season by infecting healthy body cells, multiplying in them, being released from the cell again and infecting other cells.

Life Sciences - Health - 21.02.2024
'Ways of decomposing chemicals may be developed in just a few decades' time'
’Ways of decomposing chemicals may be developed in just a few decades’ time’
Microbiologist Bodo Philipp on the adaptability of micro-organisms and the benefits and risks for humans A team headed by Prof. Bodo Philipp and Dr. Johannes Holert from the Institute of Molecular Microbiology and Biotechnology has found bacteria in Münster's wastewater which can completely decompose a substance called "TRIS" (tris hydroxymethyl aminomethane), and the researchers were able to throw light on the metabolic pathway.

Psychology - 20.02.2024
Mental health impaired internationally following the outbreak of war in Ukraine
Mental health impaired internationally following the outbreak of war in Ukraine
International team led by Münster researchers studies psychological consequences of the war The outbreak of Russia's war of aggression against Ukraine almost two years ago led internationally to a collective downturn in people's sense of well-being - irrespective of age, gender, political views or any other attributes which the people questioned had.

Chemistry - Materials Science - 02.02.2024
International Science Team Intensifies Research on Lithium-Sulfur Batteries
International Science Team Intensifies Research on Lithium-Sulfur Batteries
Joint project -AReLiS-3- commences at MEET Battery Research Center A research team at the MEET Battery Research Center at the University of Münster has kicked off the international joint project "AReLiS-3" to pursue research on lithium-sulfur batteries. Its aim is to develop, investigate and optimize novel cell designs, materials, electrode coatings and electrolytes for sulfur-based battery systems.

Astronomy / Space - Chemistry - 29.01.2024
Cosmic building blocks of life discovered through the electron microscope
Cosmic building blocks of life discovered through the electron microscope
For the first time without any chemical treatment, a research team analyses extraterrestrial amino acids and other organic compounds in an English meteorite fall Meteorites are fragments of asteroids which find their way to Earth as shooting stars. These cosmic sediments have frozen the primordial soup from which our solar system emerged - preserving it just like a time capsule.

Chemistry - 18.01.2024
Chemical synthesis: new strategy for skeletal editing on pyridines
Chemical synthesis: new strategy for skeletal editing on pyridines
Chemists at the University of Münster realised -chemical surgery- on ring-shaped compounds / Results published in -Nature Chemistry- In the field of chemistry, so-called skeletal editing is seen as a method suitable for changing ring-shaped structures precisely by swapping individual atoms.

Astronomy / Space - Earth Sciences - 18.01.2024
Moon rocks with unique dust found
Moon rocks with unique dust found
Research team studies interaction of dust with boulders and discovers potentially anomalous rocks Our Earth's Moon is almost completely covered in dust. Unlike on Earth, this dust is not smoothed by wind and weather, but is sharp-edged and also electrostatically charged. This dust has been studied since the Apollo era at the end of the 1960s.

Health - Pharmacology - 17.01.2024
Early detection of breast cancer
Early detection of breast cancer
Further TOSYMA analysis underpins advantages of DBT+SM use compared to the previous screening standard In diagnostics, finding more is not automatically better. Rather, it is about finding the right thing - especially in the case of such dangerous diseases as cancer. This is where early detection comes into play, but it can also have unwanted side effects: For example, there is a risk of also discovering non-aggressive tumors that lead to treatment - but would not have substantively impaired quality of life or become life-threatening in the course of the disease.

Earth Sciences - 15.01.2024
Scientists unravel the origin of Titanium-rich lunar basalts
Scientists unravel the origin of Titanium-rich lunar basalts
International research team measures isotopic composition of lunar rocks Their high Ti contents are ultimately believed to be derived from a distinct mineralogical layer formed as part of the unstable crystal pile that constituted the lunar interior following solidification of a magma ocean, shortly after Moon formation.

Psychology - Pharmacology - 12.01.2024
Psychotherapy effective in treating post-traumatic stress disorder following multiple traumatic events: International meta-study
Psychotherapy effective in treating post-traumatic stress disorder following multiple traumatic events International meta-study: Team led by researchers from the University of Münster reports encouraging results for patients and therapists Psychotherapy is an effective treatment for adults with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) following exposure to multiple traumatic events.

Life Sciences - Chemistry - 10.01.2024
Metabolic alteration to increase the stress tolerance of tobacco plants
Metabolic alteration to increase the stress tolerance of tobacco plants
Plant biotechnologists elucidate the mechanism that leads to higher seed yields in tobacco plants by transporting fatty acids - in addition to sugar - via the nutrient-carrying transport vessels When there is drought, a pathogen attack, or too much salt in the soil, plants are faced with a constant series of stress factors.

Chemistry - 09.01.2024
Chemists develop new approach to inserting single carbon atoms
Chemists develop new approach to inserting single carbon atoms
Skeletal editing employed to enlarge molecule rings Molecules with a central ring system play an important role in the search for active ingredients for new pharmaceutical products - and it is important that the rings should have the correct size if the desired product is to be manufactured as efficiently as possible.

Health - Computer Science - 09.01.2024
Leukaemia: artificial intelligence provides support in diagnostics
Leukaemia: artificial intelligence provides support in diagnostics
IT specialists and physicians develop new method for recognising genetic aberrations Decisions on treatment for patients with acute myeloid leukemia (AML) - a highly aggressive form of leukemia - are based, among other things, on a series of certain genetic features of the disease; but at the time when a diagnosis is made, this information is not available.

Health - 08.01.2024
Infertility: Sperm need a breakthrough for fertilization
Infertility: Sperm need a breakthrough for fertilization
Defective ion channel in sperm flagellum renders men infertile and frustrates medically assisted reproduction In half of the couples that are unable to conceive a child, the infertility is due to the man. A new study identifies the defective function of 'CatSper', an ion channel controlling calcium levels in sperm, as a common cause of seemingly unexplained male infertility.

Materials Science - Environment - 08.12.2023
Battery recycling: China is in first place
Battery recycling: China is in first place
China covers its demand for lithium, cobalt and nickel for batteries by recycling, ahead of Europe and the USA. With the increasing production of batteries for electric vehicles, the demand for the necessary raw materials is also rising. In view of the supply risks, environmental problems and precarious working conditions associated with the extraction and transportation of these raw materials, the recycling of battery materials has become an important topic in science, politics and industry.

Life Sciences - Physics - 04.12.2023
New method for localizing modifications in mRNA
New method for localizing modifications in mRNA
Andrea Rentmeister's team detects methylated sites with click chemistry The genetic information of an organism is stored in the form of DNA (deoxyribonucleic acid) in every cell. In order to be able to produce proteins with this blueprint, the DNA is first transcribed into so-called mRNA (messenger ribonucleic acid).
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