How to convert solar energy into green electricity or green fuel? How to make the process of artificial photosynthesis more efficient? The answer to these questions was developed by a research team led by Prof. Joanna Kargul and Dr. Margot Jacquet from the Center of New Technologies at UW. Scientists have created a universal chemical platform for the nanostructuring of electroactive proteins.
Scientists from UW published their article in “Nature Chemical Biology”
Prof. Jacek Jemielity, Dr. Joanna Kowalska and Dr. Anaïs Depaix from UW, in collaboration with scientists from the University of California, San Francisco, demonstrated how enzyme activity in intracellular condensates contributes to mRNA degradation. The findings will enable further development of mRNA-based therapies.
Counting on fingers – or beyond known oxidation states of chemical elements
Oxidation state usually takes the values from –4 up to +8, and even +9 in one case. Scientists from Centre of New Technologies have done advanced quatum-mechanical calculations and on this ground, they propose several simple molecules, where oxidation state is +9, and even could reach the value of +10.
Superconductivity at record-high temperature
Scientists have for the first time estimated the temperature at which superconductivity can be achieved in silver-fluoride-based superconductors. The obtained value of about 200 K (negative 73 deg. C) is substantially higher than the experimental record held by copper oxides – 135 K (negative 138 deg. C).
Dr. Szwedziak awarded EMBO Installation Grant
Dr. Piotr Szwedziak from the UW Centre of New Technologies is one of nine young scientists who received an EMBO Installation Grant. The Installation Grant is awarded to early-career researchers establishing their independent laboratories. Dr. Szwedziak carries out research on cellular architecture of Archaea and their evolution.
SUNRISE’s stakeholders first meeting
The University of Warsaw belongs to SUNRISE, a multidisciplinary consortium which aims at using sunlight to provide a sustainable alternative to the production of fossil-based, energy-intensive fuels and basic chemicals. On 17th-18th June, stakeholders of SUNRISE met in Brussels.
Novel mechanism underlying mitochondrial diseases
Mitochondrial diseases usually manifest themselves in disorders of the nervous system and muscles. Dr. Karthik Mohanraj and Dr. Michał Wasilewski from the UW Centre of New Technologies are members of the scientific team that has discovered a novel mechanism underlying many mitochondrial diseases. The results of their research were published in a magazine entitled ‘EMBO Molecular Medicine’.
New materials that can work as superconductors at ambient conditions
On 16th January, “Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America”, a prestigious American journal, published the article on new materials that can work as superconductors at ambient conditions. A team of researchers from the University of Warsaw, led by Prof. Wojciech Grochala, contributed to the article.
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