Solid state chemistry & materials research

Who we are - what we do

The GDCh division Solid State Chemistry & Materials Research was founded in 1963. More than 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 structure determination methods and thermodynamics were the dominant topics, but now the focus is also 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, now 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 the 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 adequate 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.

Online seminars

IUCr 2021

August 14-22, 2021

Häko 2020/2021

September 22-24, 2021
Conference page

Lecture conference for Inorganic Chemistry

September 26-29, 2022
Location: TBA
Chair: U. Ruschewitz

with the Wöhler Association for Inorganic Chemistry


GDCh headquarters
Dr. Carina S. Kniep
Tel .: +49 69 7917-499

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last modified: 27.05.2021 12:35 H from C.Kniep