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How to force nitrogen to bind itself

Nitrogen is a key element of all life. Whether in amino acids or nicotine, especially nitrogen-carbon compounds, so-called amines, occur everywhere. However, the preparation of a certain class of these amines is difficult, on the one hand because the carbon to be bound can be blocked by other atoms, on the other hand because the starting materials are comparatively unreactive.
Nuno Maulide and his working group at the Department of Organic Chemistry have now succeeded in forcing the nitrogen quasi to bind themselves by means of a rearrangement.
The results are currently published in the renowned magazine "Angewandte Chemie".

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Study with future

Especially during the summer months, thousands of school graduates face the question of which study to choose. "With which subject will I get the most easy a job afterwards?" "What are the disciplines of study of the future?" And "Does it make any sense to go to a university at all?" In order to facilitate decision-making, however, the KURIER has asked experts for advice. Thus also Doris Marko from the Department of Food Chemistry and Toxicology. From their point of view, the field of food chemistry is becoming more and more important as our time is characterized by increasing health consciousness and quality requirements in the food sector. "The graduates open up many fields of work, for example in the development, monitoring or safety of food," the expert said. Therefore, at the University of Vienna, there will be a new Master of Food Chemistry from autumn.

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SciChallenge-Award with family lecture

A few hundred groups of children and young people between 10 and 18 years from all over Europe have participated in SciChallenge science contest last year. On the 21st of July, the award winners will be presented at the AudiMax of the University of Vienna in the context of the "Kinderuni" - with a musical-chemical family lecture by Nuno Maulide from the Department of Organic Chemistry and subsequent festivity at the Arkadenhof.
Look forward to a musical-chemical adventure of a special kind!

Further contributions of the Faculty of Chemistry for this year 's "Kinderuni Wien" are from Hans Flandorfer from the Department of Inorganic Chemistry - Functional Materials and Norbert Kandler from the Department of Inorganic Chemistry.

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Study support for Matthias Klose

The scholarship of the Monthly Journal of Chemistry of the Austrian Academy of Sciences is intended to support the completion of a dissertation from chemistry at an Austrian institution.
Matthias Klose from the Department of Inorganic Chemistry has recently been awarded this funding for his work titled "Quantification of Osmium in vitro and in vivo using Inductively Coupled Plasma-Mass Spectrometry for Metalodrug Discovery and Development". This involves the quantitative determination of osmium-containing potential cancer therapeutics by means of ICP-MS as well as LA-ICP-MS and SEC-ICP-MS.

The Faculty of Chemistry congratulates you!

Leticia González is the new speaker of the board of the Consortium Theoretical Chemistry

Leticia González from the Department of Theoretical Chemistry is elected speaker for the board of the "Arbeitsgemeinschaft Theoretische Chemie" (AGTC).
The consortium is supported by the German Bunsen Society for Physical Chemistry, the German Physical Society and the Society of German Chemists. Its aim is to promote the collaboration of scientists working in the field of Theoretical Chemistry and to defend their interests against other subjects and their associations.

Bitter receptors in mouth and stomach regulate the caffeine-induced gastric acid secretion

The stimulatory bittering caffeine can both stimulate the release of hydrochloric acid in the stomach as well as delay it, depending on whether it activates bitter receptors in the stomach or in the mouth. "As our results show, bitter receptors generally play a role in the regulation of the gastric acid secretion, it is therefore conceivable that bitter substances or bitter blockers could be used as therapeutics in the future to treat an over-acidification of the stomach," says Veronika Somoza. The team headed by nutritional physiologist Veronika Somoza from the Department of Physiological Chemistry and first author Kathrin Liszt, which also includes Jakob Ley from Symrise AG in Holzminden and scientists from the Blizard Institute in London, published his results in the  journal PNAS.

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Scholarship of the Monthly Journal of Chemistry for Michael Gastegger

The Faculty of Chemistry congratulates Michael Gastegger from the Department of Theoretical Chemistry to obtain a scholarship of the Monthly Journal of Chemistry for his dissertation "Artificial Intelligence in Theoretical Chemistry". Within the scope of this dissertation project, Michael Gastegger, under the direction of Philipp Marquetand, is researching the use of techniques from the field of artificial intelligence to improve quantum chemical simulations. The scholarship is awarded annually by the Austrian Academy of Sciences in cooperation with Springer Verlag and the Austrian Chemical Society (GÖCH).

The sound of the molecules

Creativity is an essential ingredient for success, says Nuno Maulide from the Department of Organic Chemistry - both in art and in science. Prior to his career as a chemist, the scientist wanted to become a concert pianist. For organic chemistry he burns with the same passion as for music. Why this is so and where he sees links in the two disciplines, he tells in the Ö1 program "Dimensions - the world of science".

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Award of the City of Vienna for Nuno Maulide

Nuno Maulide was recently proposed by an independent expert jury for a funding award of the City Vienna in the field of natural and technical sciences. This award is an assessment of his previous research work.
The Faculty of Chemistry congratulates you!

ERC Starting Grant for Markus Muttenthaler

The medical chemist Markus Muttenthaler receives a highly doped ERC starting grant from the European Research Council. From autumn onwards, he is researching new therapeutic approaches to gastrointestinal diseases at the Department of Biological Chemistry and is receiving funding of around 1,5 million Euros. In total, 39 ERC grants have been awarded to the University of Vienna.

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Great success of the team of the Faculty of Chemistry at the Dragon Boat Students Cup

On May 20th 2017 the Dragon Boat Students Cup took place again at the Vienna City Beach Club. The team of the Faculty of Chemistry succeeded in getting the first two places.
A mixed team of the faculty was also able to take the third place in the internationally occupied Dragon Boat Cup East.

Meaningful use of the inertia of molecules

One of the main focus areas of Nuno Maulide and his team is the investigation of oxidation processes on inert, unstable amide molecules. In a recent publication in the "Journal of the American Chemical Society", he and Aurelien de la Torre and Daniel Kaiser show that it is possible for a specific reaction to selectively and flexibly direct the oxidation of amides. Now this novel method is to be adapted for other processes in order to simplify the synthesis of biologically active molecules and make them more cheap.

Report on this in "Die Presse" of 17 June 2017 ....

Michael Wagner was elected as EMBO member

Michael Wagner, head of the Department of Microbial Ecology at the Faculty of Life Sciences of the University of Vienna, as well as head of the research group "Chemistry meets Microbiology", was elected as member of the European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO).

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DOC fellowship for Esther Heid

Esther Heid of the Department of Computational Biological Chemistry, working group Christian Schröder, has recently been awarded a DOC scholarship from the Austrian Academy of Sciences for the conduct of her dissertation "Concepts of computational solvation dynamics in molecular dynamics simulation". Her work deals with the characterization of solvent dynamics by means of the time-dependent Stokes-shift of a dissolved dye. Special attention is given to the validation of different simulation methods and the development of polarizable dye models.
The DOC scholarship of the Austrian Academy of Science is awarded annually to highly qualified dissertants from all fields of research. The Faculty of Chemistry congratulates you!

Alexander Preinfalk distinguished

Alexander Preinfalk from the Department of Organic Chemistry, team of Nuno Maulide, has received a DOC scholarship from the Austrian Academy of Sciences (ÖAW) for his excellent dissertation on the subject "Enantioconvergent Negishi Cross-Coupling". The festive award ceremony took place on the 9th of June in the ÖAW's ceremonial hall.
The Faculty of Chemistry is very happy about another successful research scientist.

Ausschreibung: Universitätsprofessur für Didaktik der Chemie

An der Fakultät für Chemie der Universität Wien ist die Stelle eines/einer Universitätsprofessors/Universitätsprofessorin für Didaktik der Chemie (Vollbeschäftigung, befristet bis längstens April 2020) ehestmöglich zu bestzten.

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Job Announcement: University Professorship for Chemistry Didactics

The Faculty of Chemistry of the University of Vienna announces the position of a University Professor for Didactics in Chemistry (full employment, limited until April 2020 at the earliest).

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Tools for Alzheimer's research

More than 44 million people worldwide are affected by neurodegenerative diseases. Alzheimer's is diagnosed most frequently. Gunda Köllensperger from the Department of Analytical Chemistry is developing a new standard for biomarkers, which are helpful in the early recognition of the disease, in a current EU project.

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Award for Peter Wolschann

Karl Peter Wolschann, ao. Univ-Prof. I.R. from the Department of Theoretical Chemistry, has recently received a high-ranking award from the University of Wroclaw for his special merits.

The Faculty of Chemistry congratulates you!

On the way to the individual tumor therapeutics

Metal-based drugs are one of the most frequently used drugs for cancer. Through the use of innovative analytical methods, a research group led by Christopher Gerner from the Department of Analytical Chemistry has succeeded in identifying defined interaction partners of an organoruthenium active substance and thus also to understand the molecular mechanisms of action in detail. Thus, essential prerequisites for a tailor-made therapy could be created. The study is published in the current issue of "Angewandte Chemie International Edition".

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Targeted cancer therapeutics

Christian Kowol / Department of Inorganic Chemistry is working together with his staff and in close cooperation with the Institute for Cancer Research at the Medical University of Vienna to develop new, improved cancer therapeutics that are more targeted at the tumor and thus have markedly reduced side effects.
It is clear that the development and implementation of necessary ideas and strategies is only possible through the close cooperation of researchers from various fields of knowledge. This is best done within the framework of the Research Cluster "Translational Cancer Therapy Research" under the direction of Dean Bernhard Keppler and Walter Berger, Professor at the Medical University of Vienna. This cluster promotes a constant exchange between the various knowledge areas and working groups and thus makes it possible to approach the goal of a much more compatible cancer therapy one by one.

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Healthy diet: From superfoods to in vitro burgers

Whether raw food, Paleo diet or veganism: When it comes to healthy eating, there have been many new trends over the past years. But what is behind these currents? Are burgers from cell cultures an alternative to meat consumption? And what exactly is a "healthy diet" from the nutritional point of view? These and other questions are answered by Veronika Somoza from the Department of Nutritional and Physiological Chemistry and Jürgen König from the Department of Nutritional Sciences of the Faculty of Life Sciences as part of the semester question "Health from the laboratory - what is possible?".

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Ausschreibung: Professur für Physikalische Chemie

An der Fakultät für Chemie der Universität Wien ist die Stelle eines/einer Universitätsprofessors/Universitätsprofessorin für Physikalische Chemie (Vollbeschäftigung, unbefristet) zu besetzen.

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Job Announcement: Professorship of Physical Chemistry

The Faculty of Chemistry of the University of Vienna announces the position of a Full Professor of Physical Chemistry (full-time, permanent position).

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Bernhard Keppler: Looking for cancer therapies

In his function as a chemist and doctor, Dean Bernhard Keppler has devoted himself entirely to the search for cancer therapeutics. As part of the current semester, he speaks with uni:view about NanoSIMS technology and Braindrain, possibilities and limitations of cancer therapy.

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