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"Deutsche Apothekerzeitung" reported on the new synthesis method of the Department of Organic Chemistry

Nuno Maulide and his team from the Department of Organic Chemistry have developed a new process to synthesize enantiomerically pure products from sulfur. Without the by-products, under conditions in conventional solvents and at room temperature, the process could become of great interest to the pharmaceutical industry. First prospects already exist.

The "Deutsche Apothekerzeitung" reported recently on the advantages and potential of this new technology.

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"Materials Today" pays tribute to Alexander Bismarck and his team

Composite materials combine the advantages of different components in a single material and are characterized by a wide range of application possibilities. However, the production of these "composites" requires intensive research at the intersection of chemistry and technology.
The working group "Polymer and Composite Engineering" (PaCE), headed by Alexander Bismarck of the Department of Materials Chemistry, focuses specifically on this area. In particular, it tries to combine the manifold research findings on compounds and colloids, reinforcing materials and polymers.
The Group is divided into two locations in Austria and the UK and encompasses interactions with colleagues from all over the world.
In recognition of their research, the renowned specialist magazine "Materials Today" recently published a report on Alexander Bismarck and the "PaCE" team.

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Extension of the INDICAR scholarship of Alessio Terenzi

The interdisciplinary postdoctoral scholarship for cancer research (INDICAR) by Alessio Terenzi was extended until 30 April 2018.
Alessio Terenzi is part of the research platform "Translational Cancer Therapy Research" under the direction of Bernhard Keppler / Department of Inorganic Chemistry at the project "MeCoSG4 - Development of metal complexes coupled to innovative delivering strategies for selective targeting of G-quadruplexes".
The aim of this project is to synthesize metal-based anticancer drugs that selectively recognize specific G4 structures and to develop systems based on long oligonucleotides with G4 units that are able to deliver the drug specifically to cancer cells.

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Prototype promotion PRIZE for Gunda Köllensperger

A total of twelve university projects are being supported by the Federal Ministry of Science, Research and Economy in developing their economically viable prototypes.
From the University of Vienna the prototype LILY of the environmental chemist Gunda Köllensperger of the Department of Analytical Chemistry is sponsored within the framework of PRIZE. LILY stands for Lipidome Isotope Labeling of Yeast and has the goal of producing substances for mass spectroscopy.

The Faculty of Chemistry congratulates!

KWA scholarship for Nadine Sommerfeld

Nadine Sommerfeld from the Department of Inorganic Chemistry received a short-term foreign scholarship at the UCL School of Pharmacy with Prof. Ijeoma Uchegbu and Prof. Andreas Schätzlein. The stay gives her the opportunity to broaden her knowledge about the polymer chitosan and to gain valuable inputs for her research on the platinum (IV) chemistry.


From sulfur to carbon

Nuno Maulide from the Department of Organic Chemistry is researching chiral chemical elements. Chirality is understood to mean the property of objects to be present in two mirror-like forms, which can not be brought into coincidence with one another, and thus behave to each other like our left and right hands. In his most recent work, Maulide and his team have succeeded in carrying out a so-called chirality transfer between two different elements - sulfur and carbon: he transmits the chiral information about highly selective rearrangement processes of sulfur compounds to a carbon skeleton. The new method opens up new ways to synthesize bioactive molecules for drug discovery.

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Foreign scholarship for Clemens Rauer

The Austrian Academy of Sciences (ÖAW) annually awards the foreign scholarship financed by the bulletin "Chemical Monthly" for short stays abroad within the framework of a dissertation.
Uni:docs PhD student Clemens Rauer from the Department of Theoretical Chemistry from the group of Leticia González recently received this award. He will travel to the renowned Stanford University (California, USA) for six months to investigate light-induced DNA damage at the PULSE Institute.
The Faculty of Chemistry congratulates!

Article of Nuno Maulide selected as VIP Paper

The article "Redox-Neutral Arylation of Vinylcation Intermediates" by Nuno Maulide from the Department of Organic Chemistry was selected as VIP paper as well as  cover picture by the editorial board of the renowned specialist journal "Advanced Synthesis and Catalysis".
The article deals with redox rearrangements of vinyl cations and thus the subject of the ERC Consolidator Grant (VINCAT) by Prof. Maulide.
The cover picture of Giovanni Di Mauro, Daniel Kaiser and Nuno Maulide illustrates the transformation of vinyl cations as high-energy intermediates into systems suitable for charge-accelerated Claisen-like [3,3] sigmatropes rearrangements. The representation of this cascade of reactions stands out against the background of the Viennese Karlskirche (photo: G. Kücükkaplan).

To the article about the ERC Consolidator Grant by Nuno Maulide in the media portal of the University of Vienna (12 January 2016) ....

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When protein crystals grow

Annette Rompel and her team from the Department of Biophysical Chemistry are researching so-called polyoxometa- lates. These have a great diversity and thus offer the scientists a wide range of possible applications. In interaction with enzymes they can allow the crystallization of proteins. On the other hand  the polyoxometalates themselves represent compounds with great application potential in catalysis and material science.

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Extension of the Research Platform Translational Cancer Therapy Research

The research platform Translational Cancer Therapy Research, which has been running since 2008 until the end of 2016, has been approved as an interdisciplinary cluster between the University of Vienna and the Medical University of Vienna with a term of three years from 1.1.2017. This cooperation, led by Bernhard Keppler of the Department of Inorganic Chemistry and Walter Berger of the Institute of Cancer Research, combines the competencies of chemists and physicians and has already succeeded in the development of new metal-containing tumor therapeutics through the exchange of knowledge between the disciplines.

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When blood platelets cause skin cancer to escalate

The cancer therapy in melanoma has made great progress in recent years. Nevertheless, there is always the formation of resistances, which can lead to a fatal escalation of the disease and ultimately to death.
Christopher Gerner from the Department of Analytical Chemistry has succeeded in identifying blood platelets as important players in the escalation of melanoma by analyzing serum samples. The current findings were published in the American journal "Molecular Cellular Proteomics".

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