The “Solid-State Chemistry and Materials Research” division of the German Chemical Society (GDCh) was founded in 1963, and is meanwhile one of its 26 divisions. Around 800 chemists from academia, industry and civil service have united to create a competent forum for addressing questions of inorganic materials science in research, application and teaching. Around 65% of members work at universities, and the other members come from industry or are self-employed.
Development of the Division
In the past decades, however, 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 interest has 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. Yet solid-state chemistry provides important foundations for materials research. Solid-state chemistry develops the chemical understanding of new materials and contributes to the discovery of new compounds as well to the study of their structures and properties, altogether essential for progress in the field of materials sciences.
Activities and 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 opinions and position papers. Other aims are to create suitable framework conditions for the expert area and to strengthen the position of fundamental research in this area.
Initiatives and 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. Thus, the division cooperates with the German Federal Ministry for Education, Science, Research and Technology (BMBF) and related scientific societies, committees and institutes in the national and international area. It is crucial to inform the public with founded information to convey to them 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 work groups are involved in the scientific and technological development of the following core areas and in the organization of corresponding continuing education 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)
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