IOCB / Industrial organic chemistry and biotechnology
Two PhD students of our group, namely Michael Stricker and Alessa Hinzmann, attended the International Conference on Green Chemistry 2019 (ISGC) in La Rochelle, France. Alessa Hinzmann had the opportunity to give an oral presentation on TEMPO-oxidation in alternative solvent, while Michael Stricker presented a poster on TEMPO-oxidation of primary diols. The ISGC is one of the biggest conferences within Green Chemistry and covers all topics of Sustainable Chemistry in industry and academia. Overall around 600 participants were present, 300 talks and 200 posters were presented.
Prof. Dr. Harald Gröger was kindly invited to give the "Annual Lecture of the Biotechnology Research Center" for the year 2018 at Toyama Prefectural University. This lecture was held on Friday, December 14, 2018, and the photo attached shows Prof. Dr. Yasuhisa Asano, Director in the Biotechnology Research Center of Toyama Prefectural University, and Prof. Dr. Harald Gröger with the lecture announcement. "This invitation represents a great honor, for which I am very grateful as well as for the kind hospitality during my stay in Toyama", says Prof. Dr. Harald Gröger on the occasion of this annual lecture presentation.
Prof. Dr. Yasuhisa Asano (right) and Prof. Dr. Harald Gröger (left) with the announcement of the "Annual Lecture of the Biotechnology Research Center" for the year 2018.
On November 23, 2018, an excursion to the Bielefeld site of the pharmaceutical company MextPharma gave us an insight into todays´s production technologies applied for the manufacture of pellet-type drug products. it was exciting for us to learn about the diversity of challenges being addressed when converting an APIs (API: active pharmaceutical ingredient) into such final drug products, thus underlining the importance of interdisciplinarity as competencies from different fields such as, e.g., chemistry, pharmacy and engineering, are needed. In addition, we also appreciate all the valuable information about the tasks of chemists at NextPharma, which have been of high interest for the members of our research group and participating chemistry students, respectively. We thank NextPharma very much for this unique opportunity to visit their Bielefeld site as well for their kind hospitality.
The photo was taken within our excursion to NextPharma.
Very recently on June 11 and 12, 2018, two exciting excursions to the chemical companies STOCKMEIER GmbH & Co. KG and Dr. Kurt Wolff GmbH & Co. KG, both being located here in Bielefeld, gave us an insight into the industrial world of chemistry and the challenges related to the commercialization of chemical products and consumer goods, respectively. It was impressive to see the complexity of tasks being needed to develop and implement such novel products successfully to the market. Furthermore, interesting information about the "daily life of chemists" in an industrial environment was provided to the members of our research group and participating chemistry students, respectively. We are very grateful for having had these company visits and thank both companies, STOCKMEIER GmbH & Co. KG and Dr. Kurt Wolff GmbH & Co. KG, very much for these unique opportunities as well as for their kind hospitality.
Jana Löwe won the molecular catalysis poster award for her poster entitled, "Replacing co-substrates by carbon dioxide, water and light: A novel perspective towards bulky amines" at the 1st Biocascades Symposium & 8th International Cebitec Research Conference 2018 (ICRC 2018).
During a SusChemSys 2.0 meeting at the RWTH Aachen on the 6th of April, Alessa Hinzmann and Tobias Betke were awarded both with a Poster Award out of 25 different posters for their contributions to the meeting. The committee og the award consisted of several industrial partners within the SusChemSys 2.0 cluster, which encourages us to pursue our focus on the process development for biocatalysis even further in the future. Link to the SusChemSys 2.0 homepage: http://www.suschemsys.de/
For their joint research on combining the two "worlds" chemo- and biocatalysis towards novel types of chemoenzymatic one-pot processes, the Federal Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF) supports the Hummel group (University of Düsseldorf) and Gröger group (Bielefeld University) with 1.1 million euros grant within the funding initiative "Next Generation of Biotechnology Precedures - Biotechnology 2020+".