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Breakthrough in the field of precious metal-oxo chemistry

Chemists discover new class of compounds

01-Jun-2022

Scientists at Jacobs University Bremen led by Ulrich Kortz, Professor of Chemistry, have achieved a breakthrough in the field of precious metal-oxo chemistry. For the first time, researchers have synthesized cationic, meaning positively charged, metal-oxo clusters based on palladium. They report ...

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New Measurement Method in Molecular Electronics

Method for measuring the conductivity of individual pharmaceutical and biological molecules

27-May-2022

Controlling electrical signals using single molecules enables the miniaturization of transistors in integrated circuits down to the atomic level. This research area of molecular electronics not only paves the way for the next generation of ultra-powerful computers, but also for entirely new ...

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High-tech Metals Germanium and Gallium from the Deep Sea?

Research on the Raw Materials Dilemma

12-May-2022

Germanium and gallium are two metals that are of great importance for modern high technologies. Both are important raw materials for the semiconductor industry, for fiber optic cables and for photovoltaics. They are thus essential components for shaping electromobility and the energy transition. ...

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Recycled garnet sand as a source of scandium?

07-Jun-2021

Some call it the "oil of the future." This is because demand for scandium is growing, especially due to its potential as a material for lightweight construction of aircrafts and cars, but also for fuel cells. Concurrently, the supply of this critical raw material in Europe is not secure. ...

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The 136 Million Atom-Model

Scientists Simulate Photosynthesis

10-Dec-2019

The conversion of sunlight into chemical energy is essential for life. In one of the largest simulations of a biosystem worldwide, scientists have mimicked his complex process for a component of a bacterium - on the computer, atom by atom. The work, which has now been published in the journal ...

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Why geckos can stick to walls

19-Nov-2018

It enables geckos to adhere to walls and ceilings, is involved in the formation of membranes in cells as well as in the docking of drugs to enzymes in the human body. Dispersion, i.e. the "weak interaction", is omnipresent in chemistry. A team of scientists at Jacobs University Bremen headed by ...

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Recipe from the nanoworld for cleaner drinking water

20-Feb-2017

Too much manure, too much fertilizer: In many places in Germany, intensive agriculture is endangering water quality. The nitrate levels in groundwater are too high. A research team at Jacobs University led by the Chemistry Professor Ulrich Kortz has now discovered a new way in the lab to reduce ...

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KIT researchers develop new method to produce metal-organic frameworks

06-Dec-2012

Researchers of the KIT Institute of Functional Interfaces (IFG), Jacobs University Bremen, and other institutions have developed a new method to produce metal-organic frameworks (MOFs). By means of the so-called liquid-phase epitaxy, the scientists succeeded in producing a new class of MOFs with ...

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The first carbene transfer reaction between main group element compounds

26-Sep-2012

Scientists in Germany have made a new, versatile and inexpensive carbene transfer reagent that can be used to make both main group and transition metal carbene complexes. It is the first example of a carbene transfer reaction between main group element compounds. N-heterocyclic carbene (NHC) ...

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Sticky stuff: Jacobs researchers reveal the sweet secret of caramel

16-Apr-2012

Slowly heating sugar until it transforms into tasty caramel is one of the culinary world’s basic delights and one of the first exposures of children to chemistry. Teasing apart the chemical composition of caramel has, however, been a sticky problem for food chemists, due to the enormous ...

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