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Tracy L. Lohr, Northwestern University, to receive the Clara Immerwahr Award 2018. more



A super adhesive made from intestinal bacteria

Manufacturing mussel-based underwater adhesives for healing bone fractures with the help of reprogramed intestinal bacte


Ceria nanoparticles: it is the surface that matters

Dioxygen activation on ceria catalysts: the importance of substrate crystallographic orientation / new publication in th


A highly reactive oxoiron(IV) complex supported by a bioinspired N3O macrocyclic ligand

New Research Highlight by UniCat Professor Kallol Ray and former BIG-NSE fellow Ines Monte Perez in the international ed


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Most Recent Publications

Spin-Selective, Competitive Hydrogen-Atom Transfer versus CH2O-Generation from the CH4/[ReO4]+Couple at Ambient Conditions S. Zhou, M. Schlangen, H. Schwarz Chemistry - A European Journal 2017, 23, 17469–17472, 10.1002/chem.201704892

Electronic Effects on Room-Temperature, Gas-Phase C–H Bond Activations by Cluster Oxides and Metal Carbides: The Methane Challenge H. Schwarz, S. Shaik, J. Li Journal of the American Chemical Society 2017, 139, 17201–17212, 10.1021/jacs.7b10139

Reaction Coordinate Leading to H2 Production in [FeFe]-Hydrogenase Identified by Nuclear Resonance Vibrational Spectroscopy and Density Functional Theory V. Pelmenschikov, J. A. Birrell, C. C. Pham, N. Mishra, H. Wang, C. Sommer, E. Reijerse, C. P. Richers, K. Tamasaku, Y. Yoda, T. B. Rauchfuss, W. Lubitz, S. P. Cramer Journal of the American Chemical Society 2017, 10.1021/jacs.7b09751

Elektronische Ursache konkurrierender Mechanismen bei der thermischen Aktivierung von Methan durch das heteronukleare Clusteroxid [Al2ZnO4].+ S. Zhou, L. Yue, M. Schlangen, H. Schwarz Angewandte Chemie 2017, 129, 14486–14990, 10.1002/ange.201704979

Electronic Origin of the Competitive Mechanisms in the Thermal Activation of Methane by the Heteronuclear Cluster Oxide [Al2ZnO4].+ S. Zhou, L. Yue, M. Schlangen, H. Schwarz Angewandte Chemie International Edition 2017, 56, 14297–14300, 10.1002/anie.201704979

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