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Research

Research in the Faculty

The faculty consists of nine institutes (the research foci of the institutes you can find on their individual homepages). The three big institutes of Inorganic Chemistry, Organic Chemistry and Physical Chemistry represent the classical areas of research and teaching within chemistry. The areas of research and the academic offerings are supplemented by activities of the six smaller institutes of the faculty (Institute of Biochemistry and Technical Biochemistry, Institute of Material Science, Institute of Mineralogy and Crystal Chemistry, Institute of Polymer Chemistry, Institute of Technical Chemistry as well as the Institute of Theoretical Chemistry). The research of the faculty of chemistry is focused on the following topics:

  • Advanced Synthesis and Catalysis
  • Materials and Functional Molecules
  • Biochemistry and Biotechnology
  • Theory and Simulation in Chemistry

An essential characteristic of the research at the institutes of the faculty of chemistry is the versatile and close cooperation with other subjects within the natural sciences and engineering at the Universität Stuttgart, e.g. in the Stuttgart Research Centrer Systems Biology (SRC SB), in the collaborative research center SFB 716 "Dynamic Simulation of Systems with Large Number of Particles" as well as in the cluster of excellence SimTech Simulation Technology.

Further Projects are the Projecthouse NanobioMater, Advancing computational chemistry with new accurate, robust and scalable electronic structure methods (ERC Advanced Grant), Atom-Tunneling in Chemistry (ERC Consolidator Grant), Biosynthesis netWork.

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SEM image of large crystal all-silica Ferrierite sample. These materials are used in the heterogenic catalysis and as molecular sieve.

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Symmetric texture of a liquid crystal with siloxane end group. The electro-optical effect of these materials is used in the development of flat displays.

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Design of a minimal enzyme library: Changing the access to the catalytically active heme (yellow)in a bacterial monooxygenase by mutation of two hotspots (red) leads to enzyme variants with increased selectivity

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Epidermal growth factor bound to its receptor on the cell membrane. Molecular dynamics simulations of more than 840000 atoms were used to investigate the geometry of these complexes bound to the membrane.