Aziz-Lange, Ghadwal, Glaser, Godt, Hellweg, Hoge, Kohse-Höinghaus, Kühnle, Mitzel
Life Science Chemistry
Dierks, Fischer v. Mollard, Gröger, Hellweg, Kottke, Lübke, Niemann, Sewald
Gas Phase- und Atmospheric Chemistry
Brockhinke, Eisfeld, Kohse-Höinghaus, Koop, Manthe, Mitzel
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.
Three-Fold Scholl-Type Cycloheptatriene Ring Formation around a Tribenzotriquinacene Core: Toward Warped Graphenes
An unprecedented 3-fold Scholl-type cycloheptatriene ring formation around a tribenzotriquinacene core is realized, producing a polyaromatic arene with a wizard hat-shaped structure. The presence of three 3,4-dimethoxyphenyl rings at the C-1, C-4 and C-8 positions of the tribenzotriquinacene skeleton is crucial to the success of this transformation.
H.-W. Ip, C.-F. Ng, H.-F. Chow and D. Kuck, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2016, 138, 13778–13781. [DOI: 10.1021/jacs.6b05820]
The two-component regulatory system PhoR/PhoB induces the expression of several genes in response to phosphate starvation in Escherichia coli. In order to quantify these protein-DNA interactions and to study the time-resolved dynamics of the binding mechanism, the specific recognition of different oligonucleotide duplexes by the DNA-binding domain of PhoB (PhoBDBD) was analyzed using surface plasmon resonance. In addition the two point mutants PhoBDBDD196A and PhoBDBDR219A were obtained and the DNA recognition in comparison to the wildtype PhoBDBD was investigated. Aspartic acid 196 and arginine 219 mediate specific minor groove interactions. All results reveal that at high PhoBDBD-concentrations all recognition sequences of the pho box are occupied. Decreasing the protein amount results in a mixture of free oligonucleotides and DNA molecules occupied by two WT-PhoBDBD. Moreover, the SPR results indicate that both binding site segments, the TGTCA-motif and the A/T-rich minor groove, are essential for the binding process. A comparison of different regulons additionally proved the dependency of the recognition process on the base composition of the minor groove.
M. Ritzefeld, K. Wollschläger , G. Niemann , D. Anselmetti and N. Sewald, Mol. BioSyst., 2011, 7, 3132–3142.