Pros and cons

Pros and cons

The working group public relations organizes the publication of reports on current topics in the natural sciences with political significance. Not surprisingly, such issues are controversial. The working group does not take a position here, but finds two authors each who give well-founded opposing views. This project is led by Prof. Dr. Jörn Müller, Berlin, is in charge.

So far, 21 such pro and con reports have been published in the Nachrichten aus der Chemie:

Electromobility: H 2 fuel cells

Gerhard Kreysa: Hydrogen for the mobility transition. Nachr. Chem. 2021, 69 (2), 8.
Ferdinand Dudenhöffer: No breakthrough for fuel cells in Plw. Nachr. Chem. 2021, 69 (2), 9.

Crispr-Cas in plant breeding

Klaus-Dieter Jany: The procedure must not be viewed across the board, Nachr. Chem. 2019, 67 (12), 8.
Christoph Then: There is a special precautionary obligation. Nachr. Chem. 2019, 67 (12), 9.

Industry requirements for university graduates

Achim Derks: Practical courses ensure the supply of skilled workers, Nachr. Chem. 2019, 67, 24.
Horst Hippler: Universities are not vocational schools, Nachr. Chem. 2019, 67, 25.


Thoralf Küchler: The discussion about glyphosate is not factual, Nachr. Chem. 2018, 66, 992.
Johann G. Zaller: Decisions based on the precautionary principle are required, Nachr. Chem. 2018, 66, 993.


Martin Winter: The rise of the electric car has begun, Nachr. Chem 2018, 66, 536.
Thomas Koch: The internal combustion engine is not the evil, Nachr. Chem. 2018, 66, 537.

Preprint Server

Uwe Böhme, Cornelia Rau, Silke Tesch: preprints in chemistry, news Chem. 2018, 66, 427.
Irina Sens: Why preprints also make sense in chemistry News Chem. 2018, 66, 429.
Peter Gölitz: Why chemists don't need preprints. 2018, 66, 430.
Wolfram Koch: How does the GDCh participate in the preprint server ChemRXiv Nachr.Chem. 2018, 66, 431?


Anja Krumbe: Efficient Sweeteners, Message Chem. 2017, 65, 890.
Susanne Ziesenitz: Naturally sweetening with sugar, Message Chem. 2017, 65, 891.

energy transition

Barbara Praetorius: The energy transition is an engine of innovation, Nachr. Chem. 2017, 65, 570.
Joachim Weimann: National climate policy can only fail, Nachr. Chem. 2017, 65, 57 1.

PhD in chemistry

Nachr. Chem. 2016, 64, 649
Peter Klüfers: A doctorate is worthwhile.
Thorsten Daubenfeld: Just one of many possibilities.

Omega-3 fatty acids

News Chem. 2016, 64, 154
Gerhard Jahreis: Omega-3 fatty acids are vital nutrients.
Gerhard Spiteller: The positive effect of omega-3 fatty acids is simulated.

Experiments with bromine

Message Chem. 2015, 63, 892
Thomas Seilnacht: "Experiments with bromine in schools are too expensive."
Eric Täuscher, Dieter Weiß: "Bromine - of course."

Grace period

Nachr. Chem. 2015, 63, 636
Thomas Seuß: "A grace period protects inventors."
Marcel Kouskoutis: "The disadvantages outweigh the disadvantages."


Nachr. Chem. 2015 , 63, 126-127
Alex C. Müller: "For the principle of sustainability in the nuclear fuel cycle"
Horst Geckeis: "Transmutation cannot replace repositories."


News Chem. 2015, 63, 26
Mohammed Amro: "Germany shouldn't lose any time with fracking."
Karsten Runge: "Fracking in densely populated Germany would be fatal."

Nuclear energy

Nachr. Chem. 2011, 59, 954-955
Joachim Nitsch: "Nuclear power plants are not an option for climate protection."
Heribert Offermanns: "Nuclear technology can also be a technology of the future."


Nachr. Chem. 2012, 60, 22 - 2 3
Gundolf Kohlmeier: "Entering the age of renewable energies with an entrepreneurial spirit."
Vollrath Hopp: "It is not justifiable to produce biofuels."

Green genetic engineering

Nachr. Chem. 2012, 60, 650 - 651
Christiane Nüsslein-Volhard: "Green genetic engineering is fought politically with irrationality."
Angelika Hilbeck: "Green genetic engineering relies on industrial agriculture."

Carbon Dioxide Capture and Storage (CSS)

Nachr. Chem., 2012, 60, 1000
Lutz Wicke: "The CCS boycott is making Germany a climate sinner."
Werner Neumann: "CCS is not a bridge but a crutch technology."

Experimental lecture

Nachr. Chem. 2012 , 60, 1092
Reinhard W. Hoffmann, Paultheo von Zezschwitz: "We need the experimental lecture."
Michael Göbel: "More suitable for minor subjects."

CHE ranking

News Chem. 2013 , 61, 24
Frank Ziegler: "Prospective students need orientation."
Henning Hopf: "That harms chemistry rather than good."

Climate killer CO 2

Nachr. Chem. 2013 61, 132
Heinz Hug: "The climate models fail."
Ehrhard Raschke: "No, they don't."

Open Access

Message Chem. 2014 , 62, 748
Guido Herrmann: "Open Access does not solve the cost problem."
Peter Seeberger: "Open Access is just the first step."

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