VDS Chem Focus Area C

Inorganic Chemistry

Prof. Bernhard Keppler (Bioinorganic Chemistry)

Prof. Mathea Galanski (Homepage)

Prof. Christian Kowol (Homepage)

Prof. Michael Reithofer (Homepage)

Prof. Vladimir Arion (Homepage)

Prof. Thomas Mindt (Homepage)

Michael Malarek, PhD (u:find)

Organic Chemistry

Prof. Nuno Maulide (Organic Synthesis)

Prof. Lothar Brecker (u:find)

Prof. Davide Bonifazi (Homepage)

Dr. Roman Lichtenecker, Privatdozent (Homepage)

Biophysical Chemistry

Prof. Annette Rompel (Homepage)

Structural and Computional Biology

Prof. Kristina Djinovic-Carugo (Homepage)

Chemical Catalysis

Prof. Kai Carsten Hultzsch (Homepage)

Synthesis & catalysis

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Chemistry is a science that has continually created its own objects of research. This specific property is used constantly, both in nature and in modern chemical industry, and is based on the deliberate combination of atoms by means of chemical synthesis.

The researchers at the Faculty of Chemistry specifically investigate the synthesis and chemical reactivity of bioactive molecules, which includes the development of new methods, customised chemical transformations, as well as the efficient optimisation of existing chemical processes.

Specific importance is attached to the synthesis, modification and structural analysis of natural products such as hydrocarbons, macrolides, peptides and proteins, which permits applications of social relevance in industry, the life sciences and medicine. (more)

Biological & medical chemistry

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This research area comprises the synthesis and isolation of complex natural products and active ingredients, as well as structure/function studies on biomolecules, from small molecules to various biopolymers, whose functional properties are examined in organic, inorganic, biophysical, analytical and biological chemistry.

Important classes of compounds are based on low-molecular metal coordination compounds that can possibly be used for cancer treatment, and have already been developed as far as the stage of clinical trial on patients. Combined with various ways of tumour targeting and state-of-the-art analysis of distribution in tissues, innovative cancer treatment strategies are being developed in close cooperation with the Medical University of Vienna.

New methods for the selective chemical modelling and synthesis of peptides and proteins permit the investigation of biologically relevant modified proteins that cannot be accessed in other ways. This is relevant for the analysis of disease-related processes in the areas of neuro-degeneration and the development of cancer at the molecular level. (more)