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    Molekülmodell: Eine gewöhnliche Bor-Bor-Doppelbindung (links) und ihre biradikalen Verwandte, die extrem stabil ist. (Grafik: Dr. Rian Dewhurst)

    The world of chemistry has witnessed another step forward: researchers at the University of Würzburg in Germany have succeeded in twisting molecules so much that their double bonds have been completely destroyed. The result: unusually stable biradicals.

    Grafik zur Anordnung der Felder

    Crop variety in agriculture has a positive impact on the natural enemies of aphids. Farmers can use this insight to keep aphids at bay and cut down on pesticides.

    Stammbaum der Sequenzanalyse

    Bioinformatics specialists from the University of Würzburg have studied a specific class of hormones which is relevant for plants, bacteria and indirectly for humans, too. Their results challenge previous scientific assumptions.


    Würzburg researchers have developed a new analysis technique that sheds more light on viral infections. They used the new method to demonstrate that virus-infected cells produce far more infection-related proteins and peptides than previously thought.

    Lokalisation der 7SK-RNA in Motoneuronen, deren Form durch das Strukturprotein Tubulin dargestellt wurde. (Foto: Hanaa Ghanawi)

    Impaired transport processes in neurons contribute to diseases such as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (AML). Würzburg scientists have now identified key actors in these processes.


    This prestigious distinction has been awarded to five scientists from the University of Würzburg this year. The five faculty members and one researcher honoured as "Citation Laureate" are among the most frequently cited and hence most influential authors in their fields of research.

    6.401 Gründungsprojekte haben die Hochschulen 2016 betreut. Dies geht aus einer Studie des Stifterverbandes für die Deutsche Wirtschaft hervor. Darin wird das Gründungsklima an der Universität Würzburg besonders gelobt. (Foto: Stifterverband)

    The "Gründungsradar" (start-up radar) of the Stifterverband für die Deutsche Wissenschaft ranks the Julius Maximilians University (JMU) among the top large universities in Germany.

    Gemeinsam für Inklusion und Barrierefreiheit: Professor Reinhard Lelgemann, Irmgard Badura, Uni-Präsident Alfred Forchel und Sandra Mölter (v.l.).

    The disability commissioner of the Bavarian State Government, Irmgard Badura, handed the "Bayern barrierefrei" label to the University of Würzburg. It was presented in the name of Bavarian State Minister for Labour and Social Affairs, Emilia Müller, in recognition of the university's efforts in the field of inclusion and accessibility.

    Von links oben im Uhrzeigersinn: Christian Schneider, Viktoria Däschlein-Geßner,  Grzegorz Sumara, Barbara Händel (Foto: Uni Würzburg).

    Four scientists from the University of Würzburg are receiving "Starting Grants" from the European Research Council (ERC). The ERC awards the grant to excellent up-and-coming researchers. The scientists each receive 1.5 million euros for their work.

    Screenshot der Webseite zu Whatsanalyzer: www.whatsanalyzer.de

    How many messages have been written in my WhatsApp chat? Who sends the most pictures? And who rarely participates in conversations? "WhatsAnalyzer" developed by Anika Schwind and Michael Seufert from the University of Würzburg's Institute of Computer Science now gives the answer to this question.

    Die meisten Betrachter glauben, dass die Person etwa an Position A zeigt. Tatsächlich wurde sie instruiert, an Position B zu zeigen. Die Linien verdeutlichen wie Zeigegesten interpretiert und produziert werden.

    Everyone probably knows the following situation: You point your finger at something to show it to someone else. But the other person does not get it, sees neither the hedgehog by the road, nor a certain constellation in the sky. Psychologists from the University of Würzburg have found out why pointing gestures are frequently misunderstood.

    Thomson Reuters' Erhebung umfasst nach eigener Aussage "einige der einflussreichsten Köpfe der Welt." Insgesamt führt die Liste etwa 3.000 Forscher. Die Zitationshäufigkeit gilt als Messgröße für die wissenschaftliche Qualität einer Arbeit.

    Three professors from Würzburg University have been commended as "highly cited researchers". Thomas Reuters awards this title to researchers whose work receives exceptional attention worldwide and is highly cited by scientists. Professor Laurens Molenkamp is "Citation Laureate".

    Illustration des "Billard-Tischs". (Bildquelle: Australian National University)

    For the first time, physicists from the University of Würzburg have successfully modelled and studied a particularly chaotic system in quantum nature. The work by Professor Sven Höfling and Christian Schneider as part of an international project is now published in the renowned journal Nature.

    Mit Zink als Katalysator lassen sich ringförmige Moleküle simultan mit zwei Boronatgruppen bestücken. (Bild: Todd Marder)

    Abandoning expensive and toxic materials in chemical synthesis: This is the goal pursued by scientists at the University of Würzburg. In the magazine "Angewandte Chemie", they describe a new way to achieve this goal, a surprise included.


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