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Welcome to Faculty Biology/ Chemistry (FB2)

Faculty 2 sees itself as a research center for both basic as well as applied research in the areas of Biology and Chemistry. Our study programs are research oriented and specialize in developing the key competences students require for future university and non-university career fields.


Bridge stipend for Florian Kleemiß for the investigation of key-interactions of substances with their environment

Since December 2016 Florian Kleemiß receives a bridge stipend of the University of Bremen. This Scholarship is assigned twice a year to two students of the natural science and engineering departments and promotes Ph.D. projects.

Mr. Kleemiß works in the group of Prof. Grabowsky on his doctoral thesis with the title ”Modes of action and interaction mechanisms of bio-organic and inorganic compounds in different environments”.  For this purpose he combines high-level theoretical calculations and high-resolution X-ray diffraction experiments.

Promising possible results of the project are not only a new drug as alternative for ibuprofen, but also insights into the importance of C-H-acidity for interactions with enzyme pockets.

Researching for efficient LEDs

In March 2017, Dr. Emanuel Hupf starts a two-years research project in Prof. Rivard's Group at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Kanada. The project is funded by the Deutsche Foschungsgemeinschaft (DFG). It is entitled “Next Generation Phosphorescent Tellurophene Monomers and Polymers”.  Prof. Rivard's reseach group is one of the leading research groups in the field of main group phosphoresent materials.

Since about 20% of the world's power consumption is due to light production, the research for efficient LEDs is eminent. Accordingly, tellurophenmonomers and -polymers with suitable optoelectronic properties for the production of efficient LED's are a central part of this research project.

"Linking impaired beta-cell function to diabetes-associated complications: a sweet story”

Patrik Rorsman, PhD Professor of Diabetic Medicine University of Oxford

Felderg Award Lecture

Tuesday, 6th December 2016 16:00-17:00, UFT, 1790 Leobener Straße

Patrik Rorsman, Professor of Diabetic Medicine at the at the University of Oxford has been awarded by the Feldberg Foundation this year. He has pioneered the investigation of cellular exocytosis, ion channels and calcium signalling in the cell. His contributions highly impact the understanding of the pathophysiology of Type 2 Diabetes.

The purpose of the Foundation is the promotion of scientific contacts between German and English scientists within experimental medical research, in particular in physiology and pharmacology. Each year a German and a British outstanding scientist are chosen to receive a prize. In recognition of the bestowal of the prize, each recipient gives an award lecture in each other's country.

Dr. Sebastian Kunz Liebig of the University of Bremen has been awarded with the prestigious early career award of the DECHEMA 2016

Dr. Sebastian Kunz Liebig fellow at the Institute of Applied and Physical Chemistry (IAPC) of the University of Bremen has been awarded with the prestigious early career award of the DECHEMA 2016. Dr. Kunz received this achievements endowed with 1.500 € for his innovative research in the field of nanoparticle functionalization with focus on controlling selectivity in heterogeneous catalysis.

Two new Exploration Projects via the Excellence Initiative

The Department of Biology and Chemistry of the University Successfully Acquired Two Exploration Projects via the Excellence Initiative In the framework of the Excellence Initiative, the University of Bremen supports two high risk high - gain projects per year. This year, both projects have been awarded to the Department of Biology and Chemistry:

Figure 1. Thermochromism of a metal oxide monitored by UV-Vis spectroscopy and microscopy.

Development of High-Temperature Inorganic Thermochromic Compounds

Prof. Thorsten M. Gesing was awarded the explorative project “Development of High-Temperature Inorganic Thermochromic Compounds” in collaboration with Prof. Dr. A. Staubitz and Dr. John Djamil. The idea of this project is to explore chemical compounds with regard to their temperature-dependent optical behavior as potential indicators in composites like lightweight construction materials. These are essential in aviation and automotive industries, but thermal failure prediction for such materials is extremely difficult due to their inherent complexity. With this approach, safety can be increased and waste reduced. more »

Figure 2: Establishment of transmitochondrial plants.

Synthetic Biology: Mitochondria as Expression and Protein Factories

The research group of Prof. Rita Groß-Hardt was successful in the research area of synthetic biology. In collaboration with the University of Kiel, the team develops a technique, which will allow to employ mitochondria as expression and protein factories. Living cells have long been recognized as attractive biotechnological tools to produce various substances, like for example insulin. This approach typically implies reprogramming of the nuclear genome. In the awarded project, the genome of mitochondria is to be modified. more »