Department of Chemistry

The Department of Chemistry at the Technical University of Munich has taken great efforts to meet the requirements of a rapidly changing scientific environment.
We offer a broad diversity of subjects: The traditional areas of Inorganic Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, and Physical Chemistry have been enriched by Chemical Technology, Radiochemistry, Food Chemistry, Theoretical Chemistry, and Hydrochemistry many years ago. The last years saw new expansions into the fields of Biochemistry and Construction Chemistry. [More...]

New therapeutic strategy against sleeping sickness

Trypanosoma in Brightfield Microscopy (left) and in Fluorescence microscopy (right). Stained here are the Glycosomes (red), which are targeted by the new strategy, and the DNA of the parasite (blue). Source: Ralf Erdmann and Vishal Kalel, Ruhr-Universität Bochum

Structural Biology develops active agent that blocks trypanosomes

[31.03.2017] A newly developed small molecule selectively kills the pathogen causing sleeping sickness and Chagas disease. Scientists from the Technical University of Munich, the Helmholtz Zentrum München and from the Ruhr University Bochum first determined the parasite's Achilles heel by using modern structural biology techniques and then developed an inhibitor with a perfect fit. [more...]

Bacteria produce polymers and intermediate products

Casing cover made from a blend of Polyhxdroxybutyric acid and polypropylen carbonate – Photo: Andreas Battenberg / TUM

Biotechnologically produced building blocks for chemistry and biodegradable synthetics

[23.03.2017] In July 2015, the Bavarian Ministry of the Environment and Consumer Protection set up the project group “Resource-friendly Biotechnology in Bavaria – BayBiotech.” The aim is to contribute to resource-friendliness through application specific research projects in the field of biotechnology and to support the transition to a sustainable bio-economy. Today scientists at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) and the University of Bayreuth presented the results of their research in Erlangen. [more...]