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Dörte Rother receives 2018 DECHEMA Prize
Jülich/Frankfurt, 17 January 2019 – The 2018 DECHEMA Prize has been awarded to Prof. Dr. Dörte Rother from RWTH Aachen University and Forschungszentrum Jülich. Rother was awarded the prize in recognition of her pioneering work in the development of efficient synthetic enzyme cascades for the production of high-quality chiral substances. The prize is worth € 20,000 and will be presented at the DECHEMA Day event in Frankfurt on 23 May 2019.
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Biologists, biochemists, chemists, computer scientists, physicists, and engineers form an interdisciplinary team with a common aim: the use of microorganisms or isolated enzymes for the synthesis of bio-products from renewable carbon sources.

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For thousands of years mankind has employed the metabolism of microorganisms, e.g. for the making of bread, cheese, wine, or beer. However, the enormous potential of microorganisms and enzymes for the synthesis of new bio-products, such as basic or fine chemicals, pharmaceuticals and proteins, from renewables is still not exploited to a large extent.

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