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Research profile of the Faculty of Chemistry

  1. Molecule-based Materials
    Aziz-Lange, Ghadwal, Glaser, Godt, Hellweg, Hoge, Kohse-Höinghaus, Kühnle, Mitzel
  2. Life Science Chemistry
    Dierks, Fischer v. Mollard, Gröger, Hellweg, Kottke, Lübke, Niemann, Sewald
  3. Gas Phase- und Atmospheric Chemistry
    Brockhinke, Eisfeld, Kohse-Höinghaus, Koop, Manthe, Mitzel
  4. Public Understanding of Science
    Dunker, Kohse-Höinghaus, Lück, Mitzel

Important subjects in the research area Molecule-based Materials are molecular magnets, biomimetic catalysts, cytostatic compounds, fluorinated compounds, organometallic compounds, silanes, spin probes an models for EPR-spectroscopy, microgels and microemulsions.

Protein crystallography is used and sulfatases, lysosomal hydrolases and membrane transport are studied in the research area Life Science Chemistry. An additional focus are bioorganic and biocatalytic topics in organic chemistry groups, which are also investigated by biochemistry groups within the Faculty of Chemistry.

Research topics in Gas Phase- und Atmospheric Chemistry are combustion, atmospheric aerosols and ice nucleation. The core facility „gas-electron diffraction and structure analysis of small molecules“ (GED@BI, N. Mitzel) is funded by the DFG and is unique within the EU.

The research area Public Understanding of Science focuses on research concerning instructions in chemistry during early childhood.

The Faculty of Chemistry is characterized by interdisciplinary research, which is typical for Bielefeld University. Researchers in the research area Molecule-based Materials cooperate with the department of Physics.

The research area Life Science Chemistry is strengthened by cooperation with the Faculty of Biology, the Faculty of Technology and the CeBiTec.
The „Center for Molecular Materials“ CM2 is an academic department with groups from chemistry and physics (coordinator B.Hoge), which aims at connections between technical know-how of industrial partners and basic research at the university.
In addition, each group is involved in national and international research cooperations.

Current work from our research groups 


Enzymatic Halogenation of Tryptophan on a Gram Scale

Halogenated arenes are important building blocks in medicinal and agrochemistry. Chemical electrophilic aromatic halogenation requires molecular halogen, whereas FADdependent halogenases form halogenated arenes with high regioselectivity while only halide salts and O2 are required. This reaction proceeds at room temperature in aqueous media. However, enzymatic halogenation is considered inefficient, mainly because halogenases are not stable. Thus, the preparative application remained elusive. We were able to show that the long–term stability and, hence, the preparative efficiency of the tryptophan–7–halogenase RebH can be significantly improved by immobilization together with the other enzymes required for cofactor regeneration. We established a facile scalable method suitable for the halogenation of tryptophan and its derivatives on a gram scale using a solid, multifunctional, and recyclable biocatalyst; this immobilization strategy might also be applicable for other FAD–dependent halogenases.

Marcel Frese, Norbert Sewald, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 2015, 54(1), 298–301

Alle GDCh-Vorträge

663. Wilhelm and Else Heraeus-Seminar
CdCC 2017
Dynamics and Structure Formation of Organic Molecules on Dielectric Surfaces



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Core Facility

FOR 945

Nanomagnete: von der Synthese über die Wechselwirkung mit Oberflächen zur Funktion