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How metals interact with the genome

For some years, metal compounds have been successfully used as chemotherapeutic agents for the control of certain types of cancer - most commonly platinum compounds. The lack of understanding of the underlying molecular mechanisms in these metal compounds often hinders the search for new, more effective antitumor agents. An international research team led by Leticia González from the Department of Theoretical Chemistry has now developed a method to observe the interaction of metal compounds with the cellular genetic material.

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Science & Drinks at the ERC-Talk

From quantum physics to philosophy: At the ERC Talk on March 13, ERC Prize winners from the University of Vienna presented their research in an entertaining manner. Uni: view was on site with the camera and interviewed visitors and ERC prize winners, including Nuno Maulide from the Department of Organic Chemistry, for their impressions.

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Gunda Köllensperger in the portrait

Mass spectrometry is the research focus of Gunda Köllensperger, Professor of Environ- mental Chemistry at the Department of Analytical Chemistry. On March 17, 2017, she will held her public lecture at the facultyday of the Faculty of Chemistry.

In an interview with uni: view, she talks about her way to chemistry, her current focus and her prototype LILY.

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Health from the laboratory - what is possible?

Together with the University of Vienna, theStandard.at is asking the semester question, which this time deals with "health from the laboratory".

Four experts from the University of Vienna, including Veronika Somoza from the Department of Nutritional Physiology and Physiological Chemistry, are discussing together with readers of derStandard.at.

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Microbes in outer space

The astrobiologist Tetyana Milojevic from the Department of Biophysical Chemistry investigates the molecular mechanisms of microbial survival in space.

Unprotected, a human being would survive at most a second in space. This does not apply to those microbes that the astrobiologist Tetyana Milojevic is currently investigating. Both the radioresistant bacterium Deinococcus Radiodurans and the archaeon Metallosphaera Sedula have the potential to exist in space. These results bring the researchers a little further in their search for the molecular conditions for microbial survival under extremely harsh conditions.

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Rik Oost and Patrick Zobel at the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting

Rik Oost from Nuno Maulides team of the Department of Organic Chemistry and Patrick Zobel from the workgroup of Leticia Gonzalez / Department of Theoretical Chemistry were selected to participate in the upcoming prestigious Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting.

The Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings are annual scientific conferences held since 1951 in the city of Lindau on Lake Constance. Its aim is to bring together Nobel laureates and young scientists to promote scientific exchange across generations and cultures.
The conferences take a special place among the international scientific conferences: with an annual average of 30-40 participating laureates, they represent the world's largest gathering of Nobel Prize winners outside Stockholm's award ceremonies.
Young scientists who wish to attend the meetings must first pass through a multi-stage selection process. Students, postgraduates and post-docs under 35, who are among the best in their respective years, can apply.

The Faculty of Chemistry congratulates Rik Oost and Patrick Zobel very warmly!


Karl Schlögl Prize 2016 for Katharina Pallitsch

Katharina Pallitsch from the Department of Organic Chemistry recently received the Karl Schlögl Prize 2016 from the Austrian Academy of Sciences for her dissertation "Studies on the Biodegradation of P-C Compounds - Phosphonic Acids as Enzyme Inhibitors". The work deals with the study of the degradation of phosphonates in nature as well as with the application of the acquired knowledge for the synthesis of new active ingredients - an area that has so far been given little attention.

The Karl Schlögl Prize is awarded for an outstanding dissertation in the field of chemistry which was conducted at an Austrian university and max. two years before the date of submission.

We congratulate Mrs. Pallitsch on her great performance.

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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.

Congratulations!


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 foreign scholarship endowed by the journal "Chemical Monthly" with € 10,000 is awarded annually for short stays abroad within the framework of a dissertation.
The scholarship is financed jointly by Springer-Verlag, the Austrian Academy of Sciences (ÖAW) and the Austrian Chemical Society (GÖCH).
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!


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