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Boron-Oxygen Triple Bonds stabilized for the first time ever

20-Apr-2010

World first: chemists from the University of Würzburg have, for the first time ever, succeeded in creating a stable triple bond between the elements boron and oxygen. This success is reported in the journal "Science". Why is this renowned scientific magazine so enthusiastic about the work of the ...

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Nano-towers fire off single photons

30-Nov-2009

Würzburg physicists are global leaders in the creation of sophisticated nanostructures. The fruits of their research could make tap-proof data transmission a possibility in the future. At the heart of the concept are tiny towers, made from semiconducting material, at the University of Würzburg's ...

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Nanocapsules for artificial photosynthesis

10-Nov-2009

Imitating photosynthesis in plants? If we were to accomplish this, mankind would have a little less to worry about. Chemists from the University of Würzburg have now made progress on the road to achieving artificial photosynthesis. The structure that has been developed in the university's ...

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Semiconductors for Cool Computers

20-Jul-2009

Computers with no need of cooling? They haven't come into existence yet. However, physicists of the University of Würzburg are paving the way for them: In the American scientific journal "Science", the researchers now present a semiconductor that transmits electric current without heating up in ...

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Physicists make electron gas visible

08-Jul-2009

X-rays can be used to image hidden structures such as bones of the human body. But now, a team of Würzburg physicists has succeeded in demonstrating the electronic structure of an interface in a solid for the first time. Why should such interfaces be researched? "They are important for the ...

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First step to converting solar energy using 'artificial leaf'

Structure of artificial light harvesting antenna determined

01-Jul-2009

An international team of researchers has modified chlorophyll from an alga so that it resembles the extremely efficient light antennae of bacteria. The team was then able to determine the structure of these light antennae. This is the first step to converting sunlight into energy using an ...

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Scent Prediction

Lily of the valley fragrance: electronic surface structure determines interactions with scent receptors

23-Apr-2007

An interdisciplinary team headed by Reinhold Tacke (Inorganic Chemistry, University of Würzburg), Philip Kraft (Scent Research, Givaudan Schweiz Inc.), and Hanns Hatt (Cell Biology, University of Bochum) have attempted a "scent prediction" to test their computer model of lily-of-the-valley ...

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Clariant and Jülich Fine Chemicals Lead Consortium to Investigate Broader Use of Oxynitrilases

28-Jun-2005

As part of its program "Sustainable Bio-production," Germany's Federal Ministry of Education & Research has awarded a consortium a grant to study the feasibility of oxynitrilase technologies as a more efficient method to manufacture chiral building block chemicals currently required by the ...

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Dye Nanorods

Highly ordered dye aggregates through stepwise organization

17-Jul-2003

Plants and a whole series of bacteria can trap energy from sunlight. To harvest the light as effectively as possible and to convert it into chemical energy these species have highly developed photosynthesis systems. Hundreds of dye molecules aggregate together in highly ordered nanostructures. ...

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