Precious metals such as platinum, palladium, gold, rhodium or iridium can be found in a variety of everyday products, for example in catalytic converters of cars, in mobile phones and laptops as well as in solar cells. They are particularly interesting for chemists because of their low reactivity with other elements. A team of researchers, led by Professor Ulrich Kortz at Jacobs University Bremen, now wants to develop a new class of materials containing precious metals and investigate their possible applications. “These materials will be very exciting not only for catalysis, but also for quantum computers and data storage,” says Prof. Kortz. The project is funded by the German Research Foundation with around 200,000 euros.

Link To: Jacobs University Bremen News

Honorary Doctorate for Prof. Ada Yonath (Nobel Prize 2009 Chemistry)



                                                                                Ada E. Yonath



Nobel laureate and future astronaut speak at graduation
Jacobs University Bremen Graduation: A plea for freedom
Jacobs Graduation 2019 (Live Stream)  
Ein Kopf voller Ribosomen

Congratulations, Jan!!!

Link to Jacobs press release: Recycling Of Rare Earth Elements; Student Of Jacobs University Bremen Made It To The Finals Of ‘Jugend Forscht’, The German Youth Science Competition


Jan Felix Schuster, student at Jacobs University, made it to the finals of ‘Jugend forscht’ (Source: Jacobs University)

To make it to the final was his goal. “I’m really happy that it worked out,” says Jan Felix Schuster. The 19-year-old qualified for the national finals of the youth competition ‘Jugend forscht’ in Chemnitz from 16 to 19 May. He is the state champion of Bremen in the field of chemistry, and participating is more important than winning for him. “Getting to know the other projects and making new contacts is what I enjoy most about ‘Jugend forscht‘”.


Congratulations, Lisa!!

Link to Jacobs press release: Lisa Tichagwa: an exceptional chemistry student


Medicine? Yes! Engineering? Yes! But chemistry? Better not. “When people in Zimbabwe say that they want to study chemistry, most people ask: ‘What will you do with it?’ “, tells Lisa Tichagwa. “They normally suggest other subjects.” The 21-year-old nevertheless decided to study chemistry at Jacobs University Bremen. Now she has been awarded the August Wilhelm von Hofmann scholarship of the German Chemical Society (GDCh) for her outstanding academic achievements – and she feels satisfied with her choice. “The scholarship shows me that I made the right decision.”

Discovery of Polyoxo-Noble-Metalate-Based Metal-Organic Frameworks

Link to JACS paper: Discovery of Polyoxo-Noble-Metalate-Based Metal-Organic Frameworks

Link to Jacobs press release: Researchers at Jacobs University Bremen Discover A New Class of Heterogeneous Catalysts Based on Precious Metals

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Ulrich Kortz (right), Professor of Chemistry at Jacobs University in Bremen, and his coworker Dr. Saurav Bhattacharya (left) with a POM model. (Source: private)


It is stable and recyclable: a team of scientists from Jacobs University led by Ulrich Kortz, Professor of Chemistry, has developed a new class of materials in close cooperation with researchers from the Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg and the Technical University of Munich. The compound based on the precious metal palladium paves the way for the full use of the entire class of discrete polyoxopalladates (POPs) as building blocks for 3D framework materials (MOFs). The project was funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG). The name of the new class of materials: POP-MOF, JUB-1.


Celebrating Polyoxometalate Chemistry (European Journal of Inorganic Chemistry/ Volume 2019, Issue 3-4)

Prof. POMs

Michael Pope, Masahiro Sadakane, and Ulrich Kortz present a short history of polyoxometalates, listing important anniversaries.
Read the guest editorial

Bismuth(III)-Containing Heteropolytungstates, [Bi(XW11O39)2]n- (X = Si, Ge, n = 13; X = P, n = 11) and [Bi(P2W17O61)2]17-

Selective Rb+ vs K+ Guest Incorporation in Wheel-Shaped 27-Tungsto-3-Arsenate(III) Host, [M⊂{(β-AsIIIW8O30)(WO(H2O))}3]14- (M = K, Rb)