Dr. José Hernández interviewed Professor Bolm (in his YouTube channel addressing Spanish-speaking students) focussing on questions of publishing, reviewing, and the future of writing manuscripts in general.


The AK Bolm participation in the PostEra initiative

On March 23 our group became aware of a research initiative called PostEra, which asked for contributions in designing inhibitors of the SARS-CoV-2 main protease. In the list of submitted molecules that were predicted to bind to the target protein structure through computational studies, we were pleased to find a series of compounds submitted by Dr. Davide Sabbadin, which precisely fell into our field of expertise: sulfoximines. Examples can be found here and here. Consequently, we contacted Dr. Sabbadin, and a highly fruitful discussion started. In order to progress rapidly, we initiated an AK Bolm Group Challenge intended to provide effective synthetic strategies for the suggested molecules. Several students from the Bolm group participated, and selected results can be found in the following list of documents:



Pupil Max Gottwald and Ulla WeißbachWe were visited by Max Gottwald (left), who is a pupil at the “Evangelisches Gymnasium Bad Marienberg” (Westerwald). Together with Ulla Weißbach he worked in our laboratories for two weeks, continuing his successful chemistry career that he had previously demonstrated in the International Chemistry Olympiad (where he reached the third round). Apparently, he is considering becoming a chemistry student – hopefully at RWTH Aachen University. All the best to Max!


The visit of Florian GröbnerFlorian Gröbner (right) from the Heilig-Geist-Gymnasium spent two weeks with us. Together with Victoria Pfennig (left) he experienced the “taste of organic chemistry” in our laboratories. For his future – perhaps even as a chemist – we wish him all the best!


From left to right: Steven Terhorst, Precious Ukhuegbe, Nicol del Rocio Kohl-Yupanqui, Patrik Jansen, and Christian SchumacherOur group was visited by three pupils from Einhard-Gymnasium, Aachen: Precious Ukhuegbe, Nicol del Rocio Kohl-Yupanqui, and Patrik Jansen (in lab coats, from left to right). They stayed two weeks in our labs being supervised by Steven Terhorst (left) and Christian Schumacher (right). During that time the three performed experiments, participated in the AK Bolm group events, and visited a “Vorlesung” on their last day. We wish them all the best in their future!


Pupil Niklas Bernhardt visits usNiklas Bernhardt, an eager pupil in 10th class from the St. Leonhard Gymnasium, Aachen, spent two weeks with us. Besides performing research in our labs, he also participated in the regular AK Bolm group events, seminars and lectures. Good luck for him in the future!



A group of pre-school kids from the Kindergarten “In den Küpperbenden” visited the Institute of Organic Chemistry on June 7. Together with three of their tutors, the 28 kids had a short introduction into the background of organic chemistry and a guided tour in the institute. Finally, they performed experiments and watched additional ones presented by Professor Bolm.



Julian Obst (16) from the Cornelius-Burgh-Gymnasium in Erkelenz did it again: Also in the next round of the young investigator competition (on state level at Bayer AG in Leverkusen on April 3–5) he was successful. With his project “Mechanochemie in der Ball Mill – Alternative Reaktionswege zur klassischen Synthese” he won a “Bayer Special Award” allowing him to stay at the “Bayer Science Teens Camp” entitled “Life Science und medizinische Gesundheitsfragen” in Denver, USA, for two weeks this summer. Congratulations!


Schüler Julian Obst erforscht die Mechanochemie in der KugelmühleWe congratulate Julian Obst (16) from the Cornelius-Burgh-Gymnasium in Erkelenz for winning the first prize in chemistry at a young investigator competition on March 7, 2017. In his project we had studied alternative reaction pathways under mechanochemical conditions, and during the preparation phase he enjoyed scientific advice from Dr. José Hernández (Institute of Organic Chemistry). Now, he will continue in a competition on state level (at Bayer AG in Leverkusen) on April 3–5. We wish him all the best and most success!

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