Fakultät für Chemie und Pharmazie

News Archive - 2018

ERC grants New projects at LMU

In its latest funding round, the European Research Council (ERC) has awarded Starting Grants to ten junior researchers.

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For the first time preliminary course for chemistry teacher's students

In coming winter semester, for the first time a theoretical and practical preliminary course in chemistry didactics will be held from 19.-28. September 2018 for prospective students of chemistry.

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Origins of life: Working group receives high funding

The group of Prof. Thomas Carell from the Department of Chemistry of the LMU has won a million-dollar grant from the Volkswagen Foundation.

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UV photodamage: RNA strand enables trapping of uracil in the critical state

Researchers led by Regina de Vivie-Riedle, a professor of theoretical chemistry at LMU Munich, have found indications for a base-independent mechanism that can decrease the photostability of the RNA base uracil.

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Light-sensitive Molecules: Homing in on the hula twist

The hula twist is no longer an unproven postulate: LMU chemists have now directly shown that a light-sensitive molecule can perform this complex photoreaction. This has inter alia implications for the development of novel molecular machines.

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Krupp Foundation: Julian Stingele receives highly endowed award

Julian Stingele, Professor at the LMU Gene Center, has been awarded the Alfried Krupp Prize for Young University Teachers.

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Foundation stone layed: Institute of Chemical Epigenetics will be built

The LMU is adding a new central element to its high-tech campus at Großhadern. By 2020, a new building is to be built where researchers will investigate important mechanisms of genetic control.

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Bacterial enzymes: The biological role of europium

Rare earth elements (REEs) are an indispensable component of the digital technologies that are now an integral part of our everyday life. Yet their biological role has been discovered only recently. A few years ago it became apparent that these metals are essential elements for methano- and methylotrophic bacteria. One representative is the bacterium Methylacidiphilum fumariolicum SolV, which was found in a volcanic mudpot near Naples, Italy, and is known to be strictly dependent on REEs such as lanthanum and cerium for its growth.

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Structural biology: Until the last cut

Ribosomes are the cell’s protein factories. LMU researchers have now structurally characterized late stages in the assembly of the human small ribosomal subunit, yielding detailed insights into their maturation principles.

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Research funding: New Collaborative Research Centres for LMU

Mechanisms of epigenetics, the evolution of life and the question of how the immune system distinguishes the body’s own from foreign DNA: The Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) will fund three new large-scale projects.

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Nanomedicine: Targeting cancer cells with sugars

Globally, cancer is the second leading cause of death, also because the efficiency of chemotherapeutics is inadequate due to poor delivery to the tumor. Prof. Olivia Merkel and her team develop targeted nanocarrier systems to increase the delivery rates of therapeutic formulations and their specific uptake into the target cells.

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8th GO-Bio round: Prestigious funding won by LMU scientists.

The BMBF funding initiative GO-Bio supports life-science researchers who are looking to turn their innovative ideas into successful businesses and products. One of the 8 winner-teams in the 8th selection round is coming from the LMU Department of Pharmacy.

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Molecular Engine: See through

LMU researchers analyze the rotation of a molecular motor using ultrafast spectroscopy and quantum mechanical calculations.

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Structural biology: The art of unpacking

DNA is tightly packed into the nucleus of a cell. Nevertheless, the cellular machinery needs to constantly access the genomic information. An LMU team now reveals the inner workings of a molecular motor made of proteins which packs and unpacks DNA.

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Mentoring Program of the Faculty

The Faculty of Chemistry and Pharmacy has developed a new format for its mentoring program.

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Biomimetic chemistry: DNA mimic outwits viral enzyme

Not only can synthetic molecules mimic the structures of their biological models, they can also take on their functions and may even successfully compete with them, as an artificial DNA sequence designed by LMU chemist Ivan Huc now shows.

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Heinz Maier-Leibnitz-Price: Lucas Jae is one of the 2018 Heinz Maier-Leibnitz prize winners

Dr. Lucas Jae, independent group leader at the LMU Gene Center since 2016, has received Germany’s most important prize for junior scientists today!

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Try out current research yourself: the school's lab has been successfully launched

Try out current research yourself: the school's lab has been successfully launched

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Biomimetic chemistry: Ribosome tolerates artificial foldamers

Chemist Ivan Huc creates artificial folded molecular architectures called ‘foldamers’.

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Molecular biology: Intracellular transport in 3D

LMU researchers have visualized the complex interplay between protein synthesis, transport and modification.

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Sino-German Young Research Symposium "Nanopharmaceuticals"

From April 6th to 8th, 30 young and established scientists from China, Germany and neighboring countries will meet at LMU to present their research in the field of nanopharmaceuticals.

April 6-8, 2018, Faculty of Chemistry and Pharmacy

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Pharmakologie: Schalter für die zelluläre Steuerung

LMU researchers have developed a method that enables cell-surface receptors to be switched on and off at will. The technique promises to provide new insights into receptor functions and their effects on intracellular signaling pathways.

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Molecular machines: Piecework at the nano assembly line

Scientists at LMU and TUM have developed a novel electric propulsion technology for nanorobots. It allows molecular machines to move a hundred thousand times faster than with the biochemical processes used to date.

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Chemical evolution: Progenitors of the living world

RNA was probably the first informational molecule. Now LMU chemists have demonstrated that alternation of wet and dry conditions could have sufficed to drive the prebiotic synthesis of the RNA nucleosides found in all domains of life.

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Photonic crystals: New generation of ultra-thin moisture sensors

Photonic crystals comprising very few layers of 2D-nanosheets and nanoparticles or two alternating nanosheet materials represent a new generation of ultrathin humidity sensors. NIM chemist Prof Dr Bettina Lotsch and her team have developed functional colorimetric sensing materials with increased sensitivity, better optical quality and reduced production cost.

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Schüler-Info-Tag 2018

Am Freitag, den 02.03.2018 findet der jährliche Schüler-Info-Tag 2018 für alle an Chemie oder Pharmazie interessierten Schüler statt.

Freitag, 23.02.2018, Fakultät für Chemie und Pharmazie

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