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Friday, 18. May 2018

High electromagnetic field enhancement of TiO2 nanotubes electrodes

Inez Weidinger and coworkers have published a joint paper of three Unicat groups in Angewandte Chemie. They have created nanotubular TiO2 electrodes with unpreceded local light enhancement within the tubes. These nano-electrodes can be used for enhancing photocatalytic processes at the TiO2 interface and for surface enhanced spectroscopy.


Wednesday, 16. May 2018

20 Years of Green Chemistry

John Warner, the founder of the field of Green Chemistry and eponym of the Chemical Invention Factory (CIF) will present the first lecture of the "20 Years of Green Chemistry" series. The lecture will discuss the opportunities for the next generation of materials designers to create a safer and more sustainable future.​


Monday, 09. April 2018

Electrosynthesized MIPs for transferrin: Plastibodies or nano-filters?

A new joint paper of four UniCat groups in the oncoming 'Biosensors & Bioelectronics' vol 105 on Molecular Imprinting of Proteins on Gold Surfaces.


Tuesday, 27. March 2018

Canada Gairdner International Award for Prof. Peter Hegemann

UniCat Prof. Peter Hegemann was announced a 2018 Canada Gairdner International Award Laureate, together with Karl Deisseroth, Stanford University, and Edward S. Boyden, MIT. They receive the award “for the discovery of light-gated ion channel mechanisms, and for the discovery of optogenetics, a technology that has revolutionized neuroscience."


Friday, 23. March 2018

Efficient Light-Induced pKa-Modulation coupled to Base-Catalyzed Photochromism

Hot Paper of Stefan Hecht and coworkers in Angewandte Chemie. Photoswitchable acid-base pairs, whose pKa values can be reversibly altered, are attractive molecular tools to control chemical and biological processes with light. We could now realize a significant, light-induced pKa change of three units in aqueous medium between two thermally stable states, which can be interconverted using UV and green light.


Wednesday, 21. February 2018

Excellence Strategy: UniSysCat proposal submitted

The designated spokespersons Prof. Matthias Driess, Prof. Arne Thomas, and Prof. Peter Hildebrandt have submitted the full proposal for the Cluster of Excellence “Unifying Systems in Catalysis”, UniSysCat in short.


Tuesday, 20. February 2018

New joint paper on hydrogenase

Tracking the route of substrates, intermediates, and inhibitors in proteins is fundamental in understanding their specific function. However, following the route of gases like molecular oxygen within enzymes has always been challenging. In protein X-ray crystallography, gases can be mimicked using krypton or xenon (with a higher electron count); however, these have a different physical behavior compared to true substrates/inhibitors. In our crystal structure of the O2-tolerant membrane-bound [NiFe] hydrogenase (MBH) from Ralstonia eutropha, we...[more]


Wednesday, 07. February 2018

Diacetylene Functionalized Covalent Organic Framework (COF) for Photocatalytic Hydrogen Generation

As a combined effect of high porosity, easily accessible diacetylene (−C≡C–C≡C−) functionalities and considerable chemical stability, an efficient and recyclable heterogeneous photocatalytic hydrogen generation is achieved.


Tuesday, 06. February 2018

Otto-Warburg Medal 2018 for Opto Geneticist

This year UniCat Professor Dr. Peter Hegemann will be awarded the Otto-Warburg Medal. With the award Prof. Hegemann will be honored for his research in the field of light-driven ion channels, the Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (GBM) announced yesterday.


Monday, 05. February 2018

Tribute to a Catalyst Expert

The Cluster of Excellence UniCat will award Dr. Tracy Lohr, Northwestern University, USA, the Clara Immerwahr Award on February 9, 2018 at the Technische Universität Berlin. The chemist will be honored for her outstanding contributions to the field of tandem catalysis for biomass processing and clean hydrogen production.


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