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Programmable synthetic materials

In the future, MOFs could form the basis of programmable chemical molecules

10-Aug-2020

In DNA, information is stored in the sequence of chemical building blocks; in computers, information consists of sequences of zeros and ones. Researchers want to transfer this concept to artificial molecules. Artificial molecules could one day form the information unit of a new type of computer ...

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Insights into the structure of an enigmatic catalyst

05-Aug-2020

In the past, the catalyst for the production of methanol had eluded all attempts to clarify its surface structure. Now researchers have learned more about its active site. Methanol is one of the most important basic chemicals used, for example, to produce plastics or building materials. To render ...

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Immunoprotein impairs Sars-Cov-2

An endogenous protein prevents the virus from fusing with host cells: This raises hopes for new therapeutic approaches

30-Jul-2020

A protein produced by the human immune system can strongly inhibit corona viruses, including Sars-Cov-2, the pathogen causing Covid-19. An international team from Germany, Switzerland and the USA successfully showed that the LY6E-Protein prevents coronaviruses from causing an infection. “This ...

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Water molecules are gold for nanocatalysis

Some catalysts show remarkable high activity - Thanks to water

28-Jul-2020

Nanocatalysts made of gold nanoparticles dispersed on metal oxides are very promising for the industrial, selective oxidation of compounds, including alcohols, into valuable chemicals. They show high catalytic activity, particularly in aqueous solution. A team of researchers from Ruhr-Universität ...

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Wrapping up hydrophobic hydration

Studied in detail, the embedding of hydrophobic molecules in water looks quite different than previously assumed

01-Jul-2020

In water, hydrophobic molecules are surrounded by a two different water populations: the inner shell forms a two-dimensional network of water molecules. The next layer is formed by a second water population that is almost bulk like but forms slightly stronger hydrogen bonds to the bulk water. The ...

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RNA structures by the thousands

New method to determine the structures of all RNA molecules in a bacterial cell at once: In the past, it would have taken many research careers

19-Jun-2020

Every cell contains thousands of different RNA molecules. In the past, it would have taken many research careers to decipher their structures using traditional methods. But not anymore. Researchers from Bochum and Münster have developed a new method to determine the structures of all RNA ...

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Water molecules dance in three

Scientists shed new light on the properties of water at the molecular level

27-Apr-2020

Water may look like a simple liquid. However, it is anything but simple to analyse. The unique properties of water are only understandable, if scientists observe the interaction of the molecules. An international team of scientists lead by Professor Martina Havenith from Ruhr-Universität Bochum ...

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Artificial intelligence identifies optimal material formula

One algorithm replaces countless time-consuming experiments

30-Mar-2020

Nanostructured layers boast countless potential properties – but how can the most suitable one be identified without any long-term experiments? A team from the Materials Discovery Department at Ruhr-Universität Bochum (RUB) has ventured a shortcut: using a machine learning algorithm, the ...

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Iodide salts stabilise biocatalysts for fuel cells

18-Feb-2020

Oxygen is the greatest enemy of biocatalysts for energy conversion. A protective film shields them – but only with an additional ingredient: iodide salt. Contrary to theoretical predictions, oxygen inactivates biocatalysts for energy conversion within a short time, even under a protective film. A ...

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Observing proteins in their natural environment

11-Feb-2020

Proteins can be responsible for the fact that the active ingredients of drugs are simply released from the target cells. You can watch them do this now. Certain medications, such as those used to treat cancer, lose their effect because proteins in the membrane of the target cell simply expel them ...

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