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There is not much room in cells. The molecules are tightly packed. Does this influence their function? And do experiments have to take this influence into account?
Computer simulations and experiments with cells have yielded promising results.
Only a small number of highly respected researchers receive this honour.
For years, researchers had assumed that a highly unstable intermediate state had to exist in the reaction. No one was able to verify this. Until now.
Gaining these insights required a special method.
Quantum effects are rarely observed for heavy atoms. Now it’s been successful.
This mechanism could be a crucial step in the cellular degradation of pathogens.
The method developed by chemists from Bochum is as easy as varnishing a car door. It could make new catalysts operational in the industry.
In the EU, automotive diesel contains only seven per cent biodiesel. Conventional diesel engines cannot sustain more than that. Until now.
Chemically aggressive conditions prevail during the manufacture of hydrogen from water. This wears out the catalysts used. It would be practical if they were to regenerate themselves.
Chemistry in solution takes place everywhere, for instance in our bodies. Research in the Ruhr is pulling out all the stops to understand all the details of this.
In the first attempt, the chemists investigated alcohols using their new procedure. Later, they want to work on larger molecules. This could help when developing medications.
Researchers at the university clinic in Hamm are studying the attention deficit disorder ADHD in depth. In the course of a study, correlations to other chronic diseases in children have been emerging.
The ability of experiencing the world like a bat and finding your way around without visual cues would be a great help for visually impaired people. Engineers are trying to make it happen.
Not only proteins, but also RNA molecules could have contributed to important catalytic functions during the creation of life.
We usually imagine comet impacts as a threat and not as the source of life. But perhaps they were precisely that.
On holiday, on business trips or as migrants in a foreign country: people who speak English will more often than not be able to make themselves understood. However, English does not equal English.
English linguist Prof Dr Christiane Meierkord explains in our interview if Standard English has a future or if specific varieties will prevail.
He has achieved ground-breaking success in the field of spectroscopy. Taiwanese academic Yuan-Pern Lee is now bringing his expertise with him to RUB.
Hearing aids are meant to transmit speech intelligibly – even if it is loud in the environment. Bochum-based researchers have gained new insights to support the development of better devices.