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Molecular photoswitches are molecules which undergo geometric and physical changes upon light irradiation. Properties such as color, chemical reactivity or biological activity can be controlled by light of a certain color range. Nature also uses molecular photoswitches, with retinal being one of ...

The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation has appointed Prof. Dr. Hans-Peter Steinrück, Chair of Physical Chemistry II, as a Henriette Herz Scout. In this funding program, scouts can attract up to three outstanding young foreign scientists with a PhD degree to FAU. The selected candidates receive a Humb...

To comply with the worldwide increasing demand for renewable energy, new tailor-made concepts are required to capture and store solar energy for different applications and at different scale. Beside the well-established approaches for energy storage, such as batteries or power-to-X, smart molecular ...

The Department of Chemistry and Pharmacy cordially invites all students of Chemistry and Molecular Science who would like to start a thesis soon to "Unser Department Unsere Forschung 2021" (UDUF). During the four-day evening event, the professors of the Department will inform about their research...

It’s time for another round of the FAU student survey (FAU-St). Until 13 June, students will once more be able to evaluate their studies at FAU. This year, the study will also focus on digital teaching and online examinations. Other topics it will cover include general conditions for studying and sp...

The acidity of molecules can be easily determined, but until now it was not possible to measure this important property for atoms on a surface. By combining a new microscopy technique and quantum chemical calculations, this has now been achieved. The degree of acidity or alkalinity of a substance...

Chemists at the Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nürnberg publish a breakthrough in magnesium chemistry in the highly renowned journal Nature. Magnesium (Mg) is an earth abundant early main group metal of low electronegativity that easily loses it’s both valence electrons. In combination w...