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Closs, A.C., E. Fuks, M. Bechtel and O. Trapp (2020). "Prebiotically plausible organocatalysts enabling a selective photoredox α‐alkylation of aldehydes on the Early Earth." Chem. Eur. J. doi:10.1002/chem.202001514

j co2 utilization

Cuellar, N.S.R., C. Scherer, B. Kaçkar, W. Eisenreich, C. Huber, K. Wiesner-Fleischer, M. Fleischer and O. Hinrichsen (2020). "Two-step electrochemical reduction of CO2 towards multi-carbon products at high current densities." Journal of CO2 Utilization. doi:10.1016/j.jcou.2019.10.016">


Donau, C.,  F. Späth, M. Sosson, B. Kriebisch, F. Schnitter, M. Tena-Solsona, H.-S. Kang, E. Salibi, M. Sattler, H. Mutschler and J. Boekhoven (2020). "Active Coacervate Droplets as a Model for Membraneless Organelles and a Platform Towards Synthetic Life." ChemRxiv. doi:10.26434/chemrxiv.11648598.v1


Kruse, F.,  J. Teichert and O. Trapp (2020). "Prebiotic Nucleoside Synthesis - The Selectivity of Simplicity." Chem. Eur. J. doi:10.1002/chem.202001513


Preiner M., S. Asche, S. Becker, H.C. Betts, A. Boniface, E. Camprubi, K. Chandru, V. Erastova, S.G. Garg, N. Khawaja, G. Kostyrka, R. Machné, G. Moggioli, K.B. Muchowska, S. Neukirchen, B. Peter, E. Pichlhöfer, Á. Radványi , D. Rossetto, A. Salditt, N.M. Schmelling, F.L. Sousa, F.D.K Tria, D. Vörös, J.C. Xavier (2020). "The Future of Origin of Life Research: Bridging Decades-Old Divisions." Life. doi:10.3390/life10030020


Sauer, F., C. Sydow and O. Trapp (2020). "A robust sheath-flow CE-MS interface for hyphenation with orbitrap MS." Electrophoresis. doi:10.1002/elps.202000044

nature communications

Schuller, J.M., P. Saura, J. Thiemann, S.K. Schuller, A.P. Gamiz-Hernandez, G. Kurisu, M.M. Nowaczyk and V.R.I. Kaila (2020). "Redox-coupled proton pumping drives carbonconcentration in the photosynthetic complex I." Nat Commun. doi:10.1038/s41467-020-14347-4


Sobotta, J., T. Geisberger, C. Moosmann, C.M. Scheidler, W. Eisenreich, G. Wächtershäuser and C. Huber (2020). "A Possible Primordial Acetyleno/Carboxydotrophic Core Metabolism." Life. doi:10.3390/life10040035


Spona-Friedl, M., A. Braun, C. Huber, W. Eisenreich, C. Griebler, A. Kappler and M. Elsner (2020). "Substrate-dependent CO2-fixation in heterotrophic bacteria revealed by stable isotope labelling." FEMS Microbiology Ecology. doi:10.1093/femsec/fiaa080


Tena-Solsona, M., J. Janssen, C. Wanzke, F. Schnitter, H. Park, B. Rieß, J. M. Gibbs, C. A. Weber and J. Boekhoven (2020). "Kinetic control over droplet ripening in fuel-driven active emulsions." ChemRxiv. doi:10.26434/chemrxiv.9978539.v2


Wanzke, C., A. Jussupow, F. Kohler, H. Dietz, V.R.I. Kaila and J. Boekhoven (2020). "Dynamic vesicles formed by dissipative self-assembly." ChemSystemsChem. doi:10.1002/syst.201900044

materials horizons

Wanzke, C.,  M. Tena-Solsona, B. Rieß, L. Tebcharania and J. Boekhoven (2020). "Active droplets in a hydrogel release drugs with a constant and tunable rate." Mater.Horiz. doi:10.1039/C9MH01822K



chemical science

Edeleva, E., A. Salditt, J. D. Stamp, P. Schwintek, J. Boekhoven and D. Braun (2019). "Continuous nonenzymatic cross-replication of DNA strands with in situ activated DNA oligonucleotides." Chemical Science. doi:10.1039/C9SC00770A


Geisberger, T., P. Diederich, T. Steiner, W. Eisenreich, P. Schmitt-Kopplin and C. Huber (2019). "Evolutionary Steps in the Analytics of Primordial Metabolic Evolution." Life (Basel) 9(2). doi:10.3390/life9020050


Grötsch, R. K., C. Wanzke, M. Speckbacher, A. Angı, B. Rieger and J. Boekhoven (2019). "Pathway Dependence in the Fuel-Driven Dissipative Self-Assembly of Nanoparticles." Journal of the American Chemical Society. doi:10.1021/jacs.9b02004

scientific reports

Kudella, P. W., K. Preißinger, M. Morasch, C. F. Dirscherl, D. Braun, A. Wixforth and C. Westerhausen (2019). "Fission of Lipid-Vesicles by Membrane Phase Transitions in Thermal Convection." Scientific Reports. doi:10.1038/s41598-019-55110-0


Lamour, S., S. Pallmann, M. Haas and O. Trapp (2019). "Prebiotic Sugar Formation Under Nonaqueous Conditions and Mechanochemical Acceleration." Life (Basel) 9(2). doi:10.3390/life9020052


Le Vay, K., E. Salibi, E.Y. Song and H. Mutschler (2019). "Nucleic Acid Catalysis Under Potential Prebiotic Conditions." Chem. Asian J.. doi:10.1002/asia.201901205

nature chemistry

Morasch, M., J. Liu, C. F. Dirscherl, A. Ianeselli, A. Kuhnlein, K. Le Vay, P. Schwintek, S. Islam, M. K. Corpinot, B. Scheu, D. B. Dingwell, P. Schwille, H. Mutschler, M. W. Powner, C. B. Mast and D. Braun (2019). "Heated gas bubbles enrich, crystallize, dry, phosphorylate and encapsulate prebiotic molecules." Nat Chem. doi:10.1038/s41557-019-0299-5

Nucleic Acids Research

Sosson, M., D. Pfeffer and C. Richert (2019). "Enzyme-free ligation of dimers and trimers to RNA primers." Nucleic Acids Res. doi:10.1093/nar/gkz160

geophysical research letters

Stern, S., C. Cimarelli, D. Gaudin, B.Scheu and D.B. Dingwell (2019). "Electrification of experimental volcanic jets with varying water content and temperature." Geophysical Research Letters. doi:10.1029/2019GL084678


Teichert, J., F. Kruse and O. Trapp (2019). "Direct Prebiotic Pathway to DNA Nucleosides." Angewandte Chemie International Edition. doi:10.1002/anie.201903400

israel journal of chemistry

Tena-Solsona, M. and J. Boekhoven (2019). "Dissipative Self-Assembly of Peptides." Israel Journal of Chemistry. doi:10.1002/ijch.201900018 

physical review x

Toyabe, S. and D. Braun (2019). "Cooperative Ligation Breaks Sequence Symmetry and Stabilizes Early Molecular Replication." Physical Review X 9(1): 011056. doi:10.1103/PhysRevX.9.011056


Vogele, K., T. Pirzer and F.C. Simmel (2019). "Genetically Encoded Membranes for Bottom‐Up Biology." ChemSystemsChem. doi:10.1002/syst.20100016



physical review e

Möller, F. M., M. Kieß, C. Mast and D. Braun (2018). "Optochemical disequilibrium to measure biomolecule charge." Physical Review E 98(6): 062601. doi:10.1103/PhysRevE.98.062601