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New method for the measurement of nano-structured light fields

Researchers combine nano-optics and organic chemistry to measure complex light landscapes in the tight focus of a laser beam

24-Sep-2019

Structured laser light has already opened up various different applications: it allows for precise material machining, trapping, manipulating or defined movement of small particles or cell compartments, as well as increasing the bandwidth for next-generation intelligent computing. If these light ...

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Geochemists measure new composition of Earth’s mantle

19-Sep-2019

What is the chemical composition of the Earth’s interior? Because it is impossible to drill more than about ten kilometres deep into the Earth, volcanic rocks formed by melting Earth’s deep interior often provide such information. Geochemists at the Universities of Münster (Germany) and Amsterdam ...

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Chemists give chance a helping hand

Developing a method for discovering new chemical reactions

03-Jul-2019

Whether they are synthetic materials such as PET and Teflon, medicines or flavourings, life without synthetically produced compounds is barely conceivable in our everyday lives today. The chemical industry depends on efficient, long-term methods of producing synthetically derived molecules. For ...

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Converting biomass by applying mechanical force

15-Mar-2019

One of the greatest global challenges is the efficient use of renewable sources in order to meet the increasing demand for energy and feedstock chemicals in the future. In this context, biomass is a promising alternative to existing fossil sources such as coal or oil. Cellulose plays a decisive ...

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New synthesis method for producing fluorinated piperidines

23-Jan-2019

A team of chemists at the University of Münster led by Prof. Frank Glorius have developed a new, simple synthetic method for producing fluorinated piperidines –which had previously been very difficult. These compounds play a major role in the development of new active ingredients. Synthetic ...

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Chemists present new reaction path

Symmetrical cleavage of disulphides is fast and biocompatible

08-Aug-2018

A team of researchers led by Prof. Frank Glorius and Michael Teders from the University of Münster and by Prof. Dirk Guldi from the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg have presented a new chemical reaction path which may prove to be of interest both for research and for the production of active ...

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Chemical synthesis with artificial intelligence

03-Apr-2018

The board game Go was long considered to be a bastion reserved for human players due to its complexity. Nowadays, however, the world’s best players no longer have any chance of winning against the “AlphaGo” software. Researchers at the University of Münster have now demonstrated that the recipe ...

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Chemists develope a new method for the formation of fluorinated molecular rings

Sought-after compounds readily accessible for the first time

14-Aug-2017

Dyes, pharmaceuticals, and functional materials – all of these products are generally based on innovative molecules made by chemists. For their production several chemical reactions are available to the expert, however, limitations remain. For example, fluorinated compounds, molecules that ...

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First quantum photonic circuit with electrically driven light source

Researchers overcome limiting factor on the way to an optical quantum computer

28-Sep-2016

Optical quantum computers are what people are pinning their hopes on for tomorrow’s computer technology – whether for tap-proof data encryption, ultrafast calculations involving enormous quantities of data or so-called quantum simulation, which allows highly complex systems to be reproduced on ...

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Inspired by the chemistry of the eye: Research team develops innovative catalytic chemistry process

04-Sep-2015

Nature can do it, and chemists in the lab often dream of doing it: producing substances simply and ecologically – as far as possible without any undesirable side-products. A team of researchers from Münster University has now succeeded in turning to its advantage a chemical reaction which takes ...

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