Yearbook 2015

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Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR), this chemical analytical tool continues to find new creative applications not only as a result of instrumental advances but also owing to the inherent non-invasiveness of the technique, allowing considerable flexibility in the choice and configuration of samples. This is especially evident in the field of catalysis where modern NMR has had an important impact in revealing the progress of a catalytic reaction in subtle details, especially providing structural and dynamic information of the fleeting reaction intermediates. more
The promise of soluble gold and platinum complexes for homogeneous catalysis has been underestimated for decades due to their "noble“ character and thus their supposed chemical lethargy. It was only after the turn of the millennium that this topic has witnessed exponential growth and evolved into a highly competitive area of research. It seems likely that recent insights into the reigning catalytic cycles and the structure of the involved reactive intermediates will foster further progress. more
Piazzas make their appearances by rejecting the dense structure of buildings in the city, but they are never finished. They are rebuilt, overbuilt and "frequently future spatial potentialities of a square were already latent in its initial stage" (P. Zucker). Furthermore, they are depicted in a variety of images. So art history has both tasks, to analyze the structure of public squares and how they impact the city around them as well as to analyze images of piazzas and how they mould the idea and perception of the social and political dimension of the public space. more
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