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… Council. For his research Dr Nicolas Plumeré has received 1.5 million Euro for five years from the European Research Council (ERC). The head of the RUB Molecular Nanostructures Research Group has received one of the prestigious ERC Starting Grants. Plumeré wants to use the funds to move closer to applications for highly active, but fragile catalysts for energy conversion. Instead of platinum It is a challenge to transform energy from renewable energy sources into a form that can be stored, for example the chemical fuel hydrogen. Currently, doing so usually requires using the expensive and rare…

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Feb 2018

… with electron rich species like anions. Since our compounds also feature other interactions, we needed to differentiate between them. This was possible only thanks to a mix of experimental and theoretical approaches. 2. What is its significance? ...

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Mar 2018

… molecules with a complex electronic structure. “These play a central role in many areas of chemistry, such as the catalysis of important industrial reactions,” says Römelt. It would be helpful if it was possible to predict the properties of the...

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Mar 2018

… Smith, from Delft University, Netherlands, concluded the day explaining how electrochemical potentials could be stretched to achieve effective CO2 reduction – useful against climate change -, stressing the importance of local solvation and pH...

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Mar 2018

… route to cheap and efficient fuel cells. Even traces of oxygen can deactivate molecular catalyst that are incorporated in fuel cells. Consequently, this drawback hampered the use of such catalyst based on abundant metals, which mimic the active...

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Feb 2013

… interactions by selectively trapping certain residues of the protein – and stick like a clothespin. The research groups of Thomas Schrader (UDE), Christian Ottmann (Chemical Genomics Centre) and Elsa Sanchez Garcia (MPI für Kohlenforschung) believe that this might be a promising approach for applications in medical research, as the water soluble tweezers act without inducing toxicity or explicit side effects.  read more

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Jun 2018

… The new objects have a high positive charge and elongated silhouette that favor an interaction with the negatively charged DNA strands. “Similar large molecules, carrying multiple positive charges, are known to facilitate cell uptake and...

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Sep 2018

…Nat. Comm.: The mechanism protects sensitive enzymes from oxygen. It obtains its energy from sugar. Enzymes as biocatalysts can work just as efficiently in fuel cells as expensive precious metal catalysts. However, the enzymes, known as...

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26
Sep 2018

…Nat. Energy: The semi-artificial system is constructed like a Lego box – which opens up a wide range of applications for the future.

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Sep 2018

… to tackle the future challenges of solvation science", says Prof. Dr. Martina Havenith, speaker of RESOLV. "We will now explore chemical processes beyond ambient conditions, beyond thermal equilibrium and beyond homogeneous bulk phase to advance...

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