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The most important factor is the person
TU Centre for Entrepreneurship (CfE) and Inkulab presented their program for supporting scientists who want to found their own company. more



New Einstein Visiting Fellow

Professor Stephan P. Cramer from the University of California, Davis will join the UniCat research group of Professor Pe


Former UniCat Scientist awarded the Pierre-Gilles de Gennes Lecture Prize 2016

Physicist Regine von Klitzing honored for her important contributions to polymer physics.


The most important factor is the person

Yesterday, the TU Centre for Entrepreneurship (CfE) and the Inkulab presented their program for supporting scientists wh


Most Recent Publications

On the Activation of Methane and Carbon Dioxide by [HTaO]+and [TaOH]+in the Gas Phase: A Mechanistic Study M. Firouzbakht, N. J. Rijs, P. González-Navarrete, M. Schlangen, M. Kaupp, H. Schwarz Chemistry - A European Journal 2016, 22, 10581–10589, 10.1002/chem.201601339

The Mössbauer Parameters of the Proximal Cluster of Membrane-Bound Hydrogenase Revisited: A Density Functional Theory Study S. G. Tabrizi, V. Pelmenschikov, L. Noodleman, M. Kaupp Journal of Chemical Theory and Computation 2016, 12, 174–187, 10.1021/acs.jctc.5b00854

Characterization of the [3Fe–4S]0/1+ cluster from the D14C variant of Pyrococcus furiosus ferredoxin via combined NRVS and DFT analyses L. Lauterbach, L. B. Gee, V. Pelmenschikov, F. E. Jenney, S. Kamali, Y. Yoda, M. W. W. Adams, S. P. Cramer Dalton Trans. 2016, 45, 7215–7219, 10.1039/C5DT04760A

Supports and modified nano-particles for designing model catalysts C. P. O'Brien, K. H. Dostert, M. Hollerer, C. Stiehler, F. Calaza, S. Schauermann, S. Shaikhutdinov, M. Sterrer, H. J. Freund Faraday Discuss. 2016, 188, 309–321, 10.1039/c5fd00143a

Electronic Origins of the Variable Efficiency of Room-Temperature Methane Activation by Homo- and Heteronuclear Cluster Oxide Cations [XYO2]+(X, Y = Al, Si, Mg): Competition between Proton-Coupled Electron Transfer and Hydrogen-Atom Transfer J. Li, S. Zhou, J. Zhang, M. Schlangen, T. Weiske, D. Usharani, S. Shaik, H. Schwarz Journal of the American Chemical Society 2016, 138, 7973–7981, 10.1021/jacs.6b03798

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