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  • Prozesse in Proteinen bleiben über eine Milliarde Jahre unverändert

  • SASP Erwin Schrödinger Gold Medal for Karl-Heinz Ernst

  • Bilingual viruses outwit bacteria

  • Salome Püntener gewinnt SNSF Preis für wissenschaftliches Bild

  • Karl-Heinz Ernst honoured by the Japan Society of Vacuum and Surface Science

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    Nina Hartrampf published in Science

    Nina Hartrampf, Professor for Next Generation Synthesis, published the central piece of her postdoctoral research work carried out with Bradley Pentelute at MIT in Science.

  • Increased Usability and Precision in Vascular Imaging

    Ngoc An Le and Bernhard Spingler from the Department of Chemistry, together with researchers from the Institute of Physiology have developed a new X-ray contrast agent. The contrast agent is easier to use and distributes into all blood vessels more reliably, increasing the precision of vascular imaging. This reduces the number of animals required in research experiments.

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    Karl Gademann honored

    Prof. Karl Gademann is honored by Chemistry Europe and is now entitled to use the designation Chemistry Europe Fellow. Chemistry Europe recognizes outstanding contributions through its Fellows Program. The Fellowship is the highest award given by Chemistry Europe.

  • Cristina Nevado honored with the Organometallic Chemistry Award of the RSC

    Prof. Cristina Nevado receives the renowned Organometallic Chemistry Award 2019 of the Royal Society of Chemistry.

  • Two papers by Seeger and Saddiqi on the front cover

    Prof. Stefan Seeger together with his PhD student  Naeem-ul-Hasan Saddiqi published recently two research papers of which both were featured on the front cover of the respective journal.

  • Simple and Fast Method for Radiolabelling Antibodies against Breast Cancer

    Radioactive antibodies that target cancer cells are used for medical diagnostics with PET imaging or for targeted radioimmunotherapy. Researchers from the University of Zurich have created a new method for radiolabelling antibodies using UV light. In less than 15 minutes, the proteins are ready-to-use for cancer imaging or therapy.

  • Catalysis and Design - Jochen Block-Prize 2019 for Sandra Luber

    The German Catalysis Society awards the Jochen Block-Prize 2019 to Sandra Luber. The prize is awarded to promote young scientists in the field of catalysis.

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    Very important paper by Vladimir Rybkin in Angew. Chem. Int. Ed.

    Vladimir Rybkin and co-workers report in this paper the first MD simulation of the bulk hydrated electron based on correlated wave functions.

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    Sandra Luber honored with Carl-Duisberg-Gedächtnispreis

    The Society of German Chemists GDCh honors Sandra Luber with the Carl-Duisberg-Gedächtnispreis.

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    Insect Antibiotic Provides New Way to Eliminate Bacteria

    An antibiotic called thanatin attacks the way the outer membrane of Gram-negative bacteria is built. John Robinson's Group, Oliver Zerbe and Researchers at the UZH and ETH have now found out that this happens through a previously unknown mechanism. Thanatin, produced naturally by the spined soldier bug, can therefore be used to develop new classes of antibiotics.

  • New paper by Roland K.O. Sigel in PNAS

    Roland Sigel published together with the group of David Rueda Imperial College a paper in PNAS (Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the U.S.A.) entitled Optimal molecular crowding accelerates group II intron folding and maximizes catalysis.

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    Nathan Luedtke appointed as Full Professor

    Prof. Nathan Luedtke was appointed as full professor for organic chemistry and chemical biology as of November 1st, 2018. Nathan Luedtke was already working as associate professor in the same field at UZH since 2011.

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    Diastereoselective Ullmann Coupling to Bishelicenes by Surface Topochemistry

    Karl-Heinz Ernst published together with the Terfort group of Goethe University Frankfurt a paper in JACS entitled Diastereoselective Ullmann Coupling to Bishelicenes by Surface Topochemistry. Authors: A. Mairena, C. Wäckerlin, M. Wienke, K. Grenader, A. Terfort and K.-H. Ernst.

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    Eco-Friendly Nanoparticles for Artificial Photosynthesis

    Researchers at the University of Zurich have developed a nanoparticle type for novel use in artificial photosynthesis by adding zinc sulfide on the surface of indium-based quantum dots. These quantum dots produce clean hydrogen fuel from water and sunlight – a sustainable source of energy. They introduce new eco-friendly and powerful materials to solar photocatalysis.

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    Eva Freisinger appointed as Associate Professor ad personam

    PD Dr. Eva Freisinger was appointed as Associate Professor ad personam for bioinorganic chemistry and chemical biology as of September 1st, 2018.

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    Peter Ham is the 2018 Ellis R. Lippincott Award Recipient

    Peter Hamm has been named the 2018 Ellis R. Lippincott Award recipient, by the Optical Society (OSA), Coblentz Society and Society for Applied Spectroscopy (SAS). He is cited for seminal contributions to developing multidimensional infrared, Raman and Terahertz spectroscopy and pioneering studies of protein and hydrogen bonding dynamics in molecular liquids.

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    New Paper by Michal Juríček in JACS

    Michal Juríček published together with people from the University of Basel and the University of Würzburg a paper in JACS (Journal of the American Chemical Society) entitled Dimethylcethrene: A Chiroptical Diradicaloid Photoswitch

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    Cristina Nevado together with three other research groups from UZH gets an SNF Sinergia Grant

    In a path-breaking project, four different research groups (Cristina Nevado, Christian Mosimann, Tuncay Baubec and Amedeo Caflisch) from two different faculties of UZH have applied successfully for an SNF Sinergia Grant. The project focuses on new epigenetic therapies for treating cancer.

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    New paper by Jason Holland: Chemical kinetics of radiolabelling reactions

    The new paper, published  in Chemistry A European Journal, extends the theory of chemical kinetics to reactions where the desired product is a radioactive species that undergoes decay during synthesis.

  • LightChEC team discovers new autocatalytic burning mechanism of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons

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    Sandra Luber wins Werner Prize 2018

    The Swiss Chemical Society awards the Werner Prize 2018 to
    Prof. Sandra Luber, for her excellent research accomplishments in the field of theoretical and computational chemistry.

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    New Method Speeds Up Development of Medication

    Bernhard Spingler and his team have developed a novel method that speeds up the process of determining crystal structures of organic salts and significantly reduces the effort required to do so. As about 40 percent of all active pharmaceutical ingredients are salts, this new crystallographic method is set to greatly accelerate drug development.

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    Jason Holland receives Grant by Schweizer Krebsliga

    Jason Holland's project "Harnessing androgen receptor signalling for imaging protein degradation therapy in prostate cancer', was one of 16 basic science applications to receive approval by the Schweizer Krebsliga. 

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    Sandra Luber wins Robin Hochstrasser Young Investigator Award

    The Robin Hochstrasser Young Investigator Award is given to young researcher in the field of Chemical Physics. Sandra Luber is the first female awardee.

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    Peter Hamm honored by The Optical Society (OSA)

    Peter Hamm was elected as a Fellow Member of The Optical Society. The fellow membership in OSA is limited and reserved for members who have served with distinction in the advancement of optics and photonics. 

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    Sandra Luber wins Hellmann-Preis

    Sandra Luber was awarded - as first woman - the Hans G. A. Hellmann Preis.

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    Andrés García wins Award for Best Oral Presentation

    Andrés García-Dominguez wins at the SCS Fall Meeting 2017 the Award for the best oral presentation in the category Organic Chemistry.

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    IBM Research Forschungspreis 2017 for Corina Keller

    Corina Keller is awarded the IBM Research Forschungspreis for her MSc Thesis entitled “Simulation of Dynamic Atomic Force Microscopy Images".

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    Roland Sigel: The new Dean of the Faculty of Science

    Roland Sigel, Professor for bioinorganic chemistry at the Department of Chemistry, is the new Dean of the Faculty of Science since August 1st, 2017.

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    Doktorandentag 2017

    At the Doktorandentag 2017 the PhD students of the whole Department of Chemistry had the chance to see any further than just the topics of their own research.

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    Roger Alberto wins Humboldt Research Award

    The Humboldt research award is given to persons, which are recognised internationally as outstandingly qualified academic researchers . 


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    Ralph Koitz and Mauro del Ben awarded with the IBM Research Prize

    The 2016 IBM Forschungspreis was awarded to equal parts to Mauro del Ben and Ralph Koitz of the University of Zürich for their PhD theses entitled “Efficient Non-Local Dynamical Electron Correlation for Condensed Matter Simulations” and “Functional Two-Dimensional Materials: A Computational Study of Complex Processes at Interfaces”. They both were member of the research group of Prof. Jürg Hutter.

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    Greta Patzke wins the Credit Suisse Award for Best Teaching 2017

    "Chemistry is my mission" says Greta Patzke. And she knows how to convey her enthusiasm to her students and how to inspire them to work on their' own. That is why the UZH awarded Greta Patzke with the Lehrpreis 2017.

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    Oliver Zerbe publishes "hot paper " in Angewandte Chemie

    Oliver Zerbe and co-authors identfied a protein in snails with a one third higher detoxification capacity for cadmium than the already known protein. The authors postulate that the evolultion of these proteins may be a strategy of the gastropodes to survive in heavy metal-polluted environments.

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    Kathrin Fenner: Guest Editor of themed issue of "Environmental Science: Processes & Impacts"

    On March, 22, 2017 a themed issue of the journal Environmental Science: Processes & Impacts on the topic of “QSARs and computational chemistry methods in environmental chemical sciences” has been released.

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    Exciting new science by Madhavi Krishnan

    Today Madhavi Krishnan's new paper entitled Single-molecule electrometry was published online in nature nanotechnology.

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    Two new SNSF-Professorships at the DoC: Sandra Luber and Michal Juricek

    Dr. Sandra Luber, currently senior researcher in the group of Prof. Jürg Hutter and Dr. Michal Juricek, independent researcher and SNSF-ambizione fellow at the University of Basel were both awarded with an SNSF-professorship.

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    Sandra Luber receives Clara Immerwahr Award 2017

    Dr. Sandra Luber, project group leader in the group of Prof. Jürg Hutter, has been awarded the Clara Immerwahr Award 2017 for her contributions to the development of computational methods for catalysis.

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    David Tilley publishes important advances for solar water splitting

    The group of David Tilley has recently reported in Chemistry of Materials an important advance for the emerging material CuO for solar water splitting.

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    Jason Holland appointed to two editorial boards

    Jason Holland, SNF-Professor at the Departement of Chemistry, was appointed to the editorial boards of two important journals in his field.

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    Lecture Awards for Angelo Frei and Lucas Prieto

    Great success for PhD students at the 8th Asian Biological Inorganic Chemistry Conference.

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    Laurent Bigler's paper on the Cover of Plant Cell Environment

    Laurent Bigler published together with Prof. Martinoia from the Department of Plant and Microbial Biology of UZH a paper entitled "Petunia hybrida PDR2 is involved in herbivore defense by controlling steroidal contents in trichomes" in Plant Cell Environment.

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    PD Dr. Kathrin Fenner appointed as Professor ad personam for environmental chemistry

    PD Dr. Kathrin Fenner was appointed as extraordinary professor ad personam in the field of environmental chemistry.

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    Prof. Cristina Nevado selected as Senior Editor for ACS Central Science

    The prestigious journal of the American Chemical Society, ACS Central Science, nominated Prof. Dr. Cristina Nevado, full professor of organic chemistry at the department of chemistry, as a Senior Editor.

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    Assistant professor Madhavi Krishnan receives ERC Consolidator Grant

    SNF-Professor Madhavi Krishnan has just  been awarded an ERC Consolidator Grant of over 2.1 million euros.

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    Three awards for UZH students at the SCS Fall Meeting 2016

    Rahel Bucher, Olivia Schmidt and Isabel Kerschgens were awarded for excellent oral and poster presentations, respectively.

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    Nobel Prize Laureate Jean-Pierre Sauvage is Honorory Doctor of UZH

    The Chemistry Nobel Prize Laureate Jean-Pierre Sauvage received the Honorary Doctor of the Faculty of Science of UZH in 2010.

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    ERC Consolidator Grant

    Prof. Gilles Gasser  has just been awarded an ERC Consolidator Grant  for the project «Towards Novel Inert (Photo-)toxic Ru(II) Polypyridyl Complexes».

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    Nernst-Haber-Bodensteinpreis 2016

    We congratulate Prof. Madhavi Krishnan to the Nernst-Haber-Bodensteinpreis 2016.

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    Outstanding Paper

    Prof. Dr. Ehud Landau

    published a paper in PNAS on July 5, with the title:

    A macroscopic H+ and Cl ions pump via reconstitution of EcClC membrane proteins in lipidic cubic mesophases.

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    Royal Society of Chemistry Prize

    Zürich business wins prestigious Royal Society of Chemistry Prize

    PD Dr. Felix Zelder and Benedikt Kirchgaessler have won second prize in the food & water category of the Royal Society of Chemistry’s Emerging Technologies Competition 2016.

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