The conversion of sunlight into chemical energy is essential for life. In one of the largest simulations of a biosystem worldwide, scientists have mimicked his complex process for a component of a bacterium - on the computer, atom by atom. The work, which has now been published in the journ ... more
Prof. Dr. Nikolai Kuhnert
Jacobs University Bremen gGmbH
Nikolai Kuhnert, born in 1967, studied Chemistry at Würzburg University (Germany) and earned his PhD in 1995 in the field of Inorganic Chemistry and Pharmaceutical Biology. After holding further positions in England (Cambridge, Oxford and Guildford), he has been working as Professor of Analytical Chemistry at Jacobs University Bremen (Germany) since 2006.
His research focuses on the development of mass spectrometry methods for examining processed foods. This kind of (thermal or microbial) processing often dramatically changes the chemical composition of the raw plant material, resulting in thousands, sometimes even tens of thousands of new substances. The working group led by Prof. Kuhnert aims to find out the structure of these compounds, how they originate and whether they (positively or negatively) influence human health.