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Cost-effective and environmentally friendly chemical synthesis

Dr. Alexander Breder

Dr Alexander Breder from the Institute of Organic and Biomolecular Chemistry at the University of Göttingen has received a Starting Grant from the European Research Council (ERC). The ERC will fund Breder’s project "Electrophilicity-Lifting Directed by Organochalcogen Redox-Auxiliaries and Diversiform Organocatalysis (ELDORADO)" with approximately one and a half million euros over five years. Breder and his group are investigating how simple unsaturated hydrocarbons can be selectively functionalised by oxidation reactions. more…


Tropical trees are moving up the mountain to avoid climate change

An international team of scientists, including researchers from the University of Göttingen, has discovered that tropical and subtropical forests in the South American Andes are reacting to global warming. They "migrate" to higher, cooler altitudes to avoid the rise in temperature. However, they are probably not fast enough to avoid biodiversity loss. The results were published in the journal Nature. more…


Newly discovered planet sets Barnard's Star in motion

Scientists have discovered a planet in the orbit of Barnard's Star, which is about six light years from us. They assume that the planet, which has about 3.2 times as much mass as Earth, orbits the star. This was discovered by an international team involving the University of Göttingen. The results of the study are published in the journal Nature. more…


New Investigations in Germany's Oldest Cemetery

The hill “Weinberg” near Groß Fredenwalde is the site of an archaeological sensation: 8,500 years ago, Mesolithic people created a burial site on the hill. The universities of Göttingen and Kiel, and the Hochschule für Technik und Wirtschaft Berlin, are exploring the site, together with the Landesarchäologie Brandenburg. more…


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A new twist on stellar rotation

Like our Sun, distant stars are rotating spheres of hot gas. Stars, however, do not rotate like solid spheres: regions at different latitudes rotate at different rates. An international group of researchers including the University of Göttingen has now measured the rotational patterns of a sample of Sun-like stars. more…

Anneliese Maier Research Award 2018 to Professor Wang Hui

On 12 September, the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation presented an Anneliese Maier Research Award to Professor Wang Hui, one of China’s most influential intellectuals. At the University of Göttingen, the historian and literary scholar collaborates with Professor Dominic Sachsenmaier to research the global and historical interconnectedness of modern Chinese history. more…

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