• In Search of Ultraphosphates in Living Organisms

    Graphic: Henning Jessen

    Volkswagen Foundation grants researchers at the Universities of Freiburg and Lausanne a total of 100,000 euros in funding. The chemist Prof. Dr. Henning Jessen from the University of Freiburg’s Institute of Organic Chemistry and Prof. Dr. Andreas Mayer from the University of Lausanne’s Department of Biochemistry are conducting a joint research project to study whether ultraphosphates are present in living organisms. The various forms of phosphates are essential for all life functions, but the group of ultraphosphates has not yet been detected in living organisms. As these compounds are supposedly unstable and break down rapidly, the scientists suspect that they may have been overlooked so far.