Klaus Roth

Dieter Oesterhelt (1940-2022) and his bacteriorhodopsin

Photo: © Max-Planck-Gesellschaft

online lecture by Klaus Roth on April 18, 2023, 3 p.m

Moderator: Wolfgang Gerhartz

The name Dieter Oesterhelt is closely linked to the bacteriorhodopsin he discovered, which does incredible things in the cell membranes of the Archebacterium Halobacterium salinarum: When exposed to light, it transports protons from the inside of the cell through the membrane to the outside. How Dieter Oesterhelt stumbled into his future field of research by chance, recognized his luck and, thanks to insatiable curiosity, a great deal of skill and a good deal of persistence, accomplished a chemical masterpiece is to be traced here. He has often been honored for his research achievements, in 2021 with the renowned Albert Lasker Prize. Incomprehensibly, he was denied the long-deserved Nobel Prize, a mistake that can no longer be corrected.

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Berlin blue

His birth and his betrayal

online lecture by Klaus Roth on October 11, 2022, 3 p.m

Moderator: Wolfgang Gerhartz

Around 1700 the bear was tap-dancing in Berlin. Bright minds were recruited from all over Europe and flocked to the city. They were welcome, they were not asked about their religion, they were allowed to try their luck. In this colorful start-up scene, a few alchemists made a discovery of the century with Prussian blue. The founded startup company flourished and the whole business plan consisted of a top secret recipe. The future of the company seemed secure, but only a few years later the whole manufacturing process was suddenly and unexpectedly published in all details in the Philosophical Transactions of the English Royal Society. It was common betrayal and the search for the culprit dragged on for 300 years. The case was finally closed recently. Let's roll up this alchemical Berlin "crime scene" again.

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The chemical secret of the Christmas scent

online lecture by Klaus Roth on November 29, 2022, 3 p.m

Moderator: Wolfgang Gerhartz

Every year around the first Advent, many local kitchens are transformed into small bakeries in which biscuits and other baked goods are made together. Then the scent of freshly baked Christmas cookies, cinnamon stars, stollen and gingerbread wafts through the living room. No other festival is so closely associated with smells as Christmas and this sensory impression remains in our blissful memories for the rest of our lives. Let's pick up the scent trail and try to fathom the chemical basis of the Christmas scent. The effort is rewarded, because with our new knowledge, the Christmas treats are guaranteed to taste even better.

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last modified: 17.03.2023 07:27 H from W.Gerhartz