Current research at the Institute of Medicinal and Pharmaceutical Chemistry focuses on the fields of pharmaceutical analytics, medicinal chemistry and the history of pharmacy and science.

In the field of Pharmaceutical Analytics
the working groups research on electrophoretic and chromatographic methods for the determination of drugs. In addition, statistical methods are being developed which make it possible to evaluate complex analytical data with the greatest possible gain in information (chemometrics). Such techniques can be used for the validation of analytical techniques, but also for the classification of bacteria, among others, on the basis of spectroscopic data. Instrumental analytics is the main focus of further education events, which are carried out within the framework of further education to become a specialized pharmacist for pharmaceutical analytics.

In the field of Medicinal Chemistry the researh focuses 
on new biological active substances, their synthesis and interaction with biological structures. The institute's research also analyses structure-activity relationships that are used to optimise active substances. The focus is on antimicrobial and antiproliferative compounds especially in the fild of protein kinase inhibitors and metal-based drugs. In the theoretical branch of medicinal chemistry, software for computer-aided drug design is developed, which is used, among other things, for the optimization of protease inhibitors.

The research of the history of pharmacy and science
is focused on researched on the history of active substances, especially drugs and toxins, on the relationship between science and gender and on the history of health care.

Research at the Institute
is funded by public and private third parties (German Research Foundation, European Union, German Academic Exchange Service, industrial cooperations, etc.).