Solid State Chemistry & Materials Research

Who we are - what we do

The GDCh Division of Solid-State Chemistry & Materials Research was founded in 1963. Over 900 chemists from universities, industry and public service have come together to form a competent forum for questions of inorganic materials science in research, application and teaching.

Development of the Division
In the past few decades, however, the field of solid-state chemistry has expanded considerably. Initially, in addition to solid-state synthesis, the dominant topics were structure determination methods and thermodynamics, but now interest is also focused on internal solid-state properties, surface phenomena, solid-state kinetics and the modeling of solids. With the help of modern physical examination techniques, even complex systems can be analyzed and processed in a targeted manner.

Materials science, which combines the fields of chemistry, physics and engineering, has a key position in technology and is indispensable for the development of new materials. Solid-state chemistry provides an important basis for materials research. She develops a chemical understanding of new materials and contributes significantly to progress in the field of materials science by finding new compounds and investigating their structures and properties.

Activities & positions
The members of the Division deal with the development of new knowledge on questions from the area of condensed matter and the creation of bases for the corresponding technical areas.

The Division has set itself the goal of setting scientific and research policy accents in the field of solid-state chemistry / materials science through statements and position papers, creating appropriate framework conditions for the field and strengthening the position of basic research in this area.

Initiatives & demands
The rapidly advancing interdisciplinary scientific and technical development in the field of materials science requires a systematic integration of solid-state chemistry in technology programs for material development. This is why the Division cooperates with the Federal Ministry of Education, Science, Research and Technology (BMBF) and related scientific societies, committees and institutes on a national and international level.

Well-founded information for the public is essential in order to convey an appropriate understanding of scientific and technical developments. The Division therefore supports initiatives and projects that serve to provide the press with well-founded information on current topics.

The Division provides impetus for federal and EU funding programs in the field of technologies of the 21st century (e.g. new materials, nanotechnology) and endeavors to actively participate in the associated organizational and personnel developments.

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Online seminars

Symmetry relations in crystal chemistry

MPI CPfS, Dresden

Actinides Revisited

September 21-23, 2022

21st Lecture Conference on Inorganic Chemistry

September 26-28, 2022
S. Dehnen, F. Kraus




GDCh Office
dr Carina S. Kniep
Phone: +49 69 7917-499

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