The Division of Solid-State Chemistry & Materials Research of the German Chemical Society (GDCh) was founded in 1963. About 800 chemists from academia, industry and civil service joined forces to create a competent forum for addressing questions of inorganic materials science in research, applications and teaching. Around 65% of members work at universities; the other members come from industry or are self-employed.
Development of the Division
In the past decades, the work area of solid-state chemistry has considerably expanded. Whereas structure determination methods and thermodynamics, besides solid synthesis, were the predominant topics at first, now research interests have also concentrated on the internal properties of solids, surface phenomena, solid-state kinetics as well as the modeling of solids. Also complex systems can be analyzed and specifically processed with the help of modern physical investigation techniques.
In the meantime, materials science – a field in which chemists, physicists and engineers work closely together — is indispensible for the development of new materials. Solid-state chemistry provides important foundations for materials research. Solid-state chemistry helps building the chemical understanding of new materials, thus contributing to the discovery of new compounds as well to structure and property evaluation.
Activities & Positions
The division members work towards acquiring new knowledge about questions from the area of condensed matter and generating principles for the corresponding technical areas. The Division aims to set scientific and research-political accents by developing opinion and position papers. Other aims are to create suitable framework conditions for the expert area and to strengthen the position of fundamental research.
Initiatives & Requests
The rapidly progressing interdisciplinary scientific and technical development in this area of materials sciences requires a systematic incorporation of solid-state chemistry in technology programs for materials development. The Division, therefore, cooperates with the German Federal Ministry for Education, Science, Research and Technology (BMBF) and related scientific societies, committees and institutes on the national and international level. It is crucial to inform the public with well-founded information to convey a reasonable understanding of scientific and technological developments. Thus, the Division supports initiatives and projects that serve to inform the press with substantiated information about current topics. The division gives impulses for advancement programs of the German federal state as well as the EU in the area of technologies of the 21st century (e.g., new materials, nanotechnology) and strives to become actively involved in the corresponding organizational and personnel developments.
Special working groups are involved in the scientific and technological development of the following core areas and in the organization of corresponding vocational training courses:
• Preparative solid-state chemistry (contact: Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Schnick, Munich)
• Physicochemical phenomena (contact: Prof. Dr. Joachim Maier, Stuttgart)
• Structural chemistry (contact: Prof. Dr. Johannes Beck, Bonn)
• Theory of solids (contact: Prof. Dr. Juri Grin, Dresden)
• Chemical aspects of materials research (contact: Prof. Dr. Gerhard Sextl, Würzburg)
• Solid-state analysis (contact: Prof Dr. Thorsten Ressler, Berlin)
• Nanomaterials (contact: Prof. Dr. Claus Feldmann, Karlsruhe)
• Resource availability (contact: Prof. Dr. Armin Reller, Augsburg)
Conferment of stipends
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