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Inaugural lecture by Kai Carsten Hultzsch

Kai Carsten Hultzsch, Professor of Chemical Catalysis, will give his inaugural lecture on "Economical Use of Atoms: Efficiency in Synthesis through Catalysis" on 17 January 2018 at 17:00. The event will take place in "Kleiner Festsaal" of the University of Vienna, Universitätsring 1, 1010 Vienna.

Invitation (PDF)

Uni:view article: "Chemie nachhaltig gestalten" (3 Dec 2018)


Nuno Maulide receives 2017 Marcial Moreno-Mañas Lectureship award

Nuno Maulide of the Department of Organic Chemistry is the winner of the 2017 Marcial Moreno-Mañas Lectureship awarded by the Catalan section of the Spanish Royal Society of Chemistry for his outstanding contributions in the field of organic synthesis. This prize is awarded to a young chemist (40 years or younger) of any nationality and was created to honor the memory of Marcial Moreno-Mañas (1941-2006, Autonomous University of Barcelona), a pioneer of organometallic chemistry in organic synthesis in Spain. Past awardees were: Nicolai Kramer (2013, EPF Lausanne), Franziska Schoenebeck (2014, RWTH-Aachen), Daniel Maspoch (2015, ICN2, Barcelona) and Ruben Martin (2016, ICIQ, Tarragona). Congratulations!


From the jungle to the clinic

Deep in the jungle, two researchers go on a hunt. What sounds like an adventurous trip, is part of Markus Muttenthaler’s research at the Faculty of Chemistry. The ERC Starting Grant holder is looking for new therapeutic strategies to combat gastrointestinal diseases based on natural substances.

Article in UNIVIE Forschungsnewsletter (10.01.2018)


New immunotherapy prevents tumor growth

Immuno-oncological therapies are a new approach that position human defense systems against cancers caused by the body's own cells. A team led by Christian Becker of the Department of Biological Chemistry has now developed a new method in which the cancer cells are labeled as bacteria. This is done with a completely synthetically produced molecule, which leads to the activation of the innate immune system, which in turn efficiently prevents the formation of a tumor. These results are currently published in the renowned scientific journal "Scientific Reports".

Press release (14 Dec 2017)


Biology in outer space

Biochemist and astrobiologist Tetyana Milojevic of the Department of Biophysical Chemistry brings space returned microorganisms to the University of Vienna. She and her team investigate the microbial survivability in the Universe and extraterrestrial materials-microbial interactions. Tetyana blogs on the occasion of the event “Biology in outer space” offered by subject-related initiatives of the Alumni Association.

UNIVIE blog entry (11 Dec 2017)


Award-winning dissertation
Young scientist Sebastian Mai received twice an award for his doctoral thesis "Excited-State Dynamics of Nucleobase Analogues": the Loschmidt Prize 2017 of the Chemical-Physical Society Vienna and the Karl Schlögl Prize of the Austrian Academy of Sciences (ÖAW). He concluded his dissertation in 2016 under supervision of Leticia González from the Department of Theoretical Chemistry. Congratulations!

Invitation to the award ceremony taking place on 23 Jan. 2018, 16:30


New Research platform for comammox bacteria approved

The Rectorate of the University of Vienna has recently approved four new research platforms for 2018. Among them is the "Comammox" research platform led by Holger Daims and involving the Faculty of Chemistry, the Faculty of Life Sciences, the Center for Molecular Biology and the Research Network Chemistry Meets Microbiology. "Comammox" bacteria are a recent discovery of microbiologists Michael Wagner and Holger Daims together with international colleagues. Comammox perform nitrification much more efficiently than other microbes and thus have great potential, e.g. for the purification of wastewater in sewage treatment plants and for the treatment of drinking water.

Research platforms of the University of Vienna


Alternative process of blood cancer development decrypted

Genetic mutations have been considered as a cause of cancer in recent decades. Modern post-genomic analysis methods such as proteomics and metabolomics enable researchers to discover completely new mechanisms for the development of chronic diseases such as cancer. Christopher Gerner of the Department of Analytical Chemistry and his team show in an interdisciplinary study an age-related mechanism for the development of blood cancer, in which genetic changes arise as a result of disease-induced cellular changes. The results are currently published in "Molecular & Cellular Proteomics".

Press release (12 Dec. 2017)


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