Events of the GDCh Division of Chemistry & Energy

GDCh Science Forum Chemistry 2023 (September 5th, 2023; Leipzig)

Energy Transformation—Implementing Science
Session of the GDCh Division of Chemistry & Energy

Tuesday, Sep 5, 2023, 2:10 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Mahler Hall


  • Environmental-Friendly Quantum Materials for Solar-Driven Hydrogen Production (Q. Li, Brisbane/AU)
  • Scaling Electrolysis - From Lab-Scale to KW-Scale Demonstration (U. Apfel, Fraunhofer Umsicht, Oberhausen)
  • Scaling, Series Production and De-risking of PEM-Electrolysis for a smooth Market Ramp-up into the GW-Scale (L. Dobrenizki, Siemens Energy/Erlangen)
  • The Chemistry of Nanocarbons for Energy Applications - From Batteries to Catalysis (M. Oschatz, Jena)

Annual conference 2023 (05/24/25/2023; Pfinztal)

GREEN: Materials - Processes - Industry

Annual Conference 2021 (08/31/2021; online)

As part of the GDCh Science Forum Chemistry, which took place online from August 29th to September 1st, 2021.

Chemistry Enabling Energy Transition - Session I
Manfred Waidhas


  • The long way to steady state fusion plasmas - the superconducting stellarator device Wendelstein 7-X (T. Klingler, Greifswald)
  • MXene for Electrochemical Water Desalination (M. Torkamanzadeh, Saarbrücken)
  • Detailed Investigation of biofuel aging on the molecular level (D. Hamacher, Mülheim/Ruhr)

Chemistry Enabling Energy Transition - Session II
Philipp Adelhelm


  • Ru-Polyphosphines as Catalysts for CO 2 Activation (JC Baums, Aachen)
  • Advancing Performance of Biohybrid Photovoltaics Based on Indium Tin Oxide (S. Morlock, Wildau/)
  • On the (photo)chemistry of 4H-imidazolato-Cu(I) complexes (JH Tran, Jena)
  • Thermochemical Energy Storage – A High Potential Technology (F. Winter, Vienna/AT)

The best memory is chemistry (together with the GDCh Division of Electrochemistry)
Claudia Weidlich, Wolfgang Schrader


  • The future of batteries for a climate neutral energy system (DU Sauer, Aachen)
  • Hydrogen: from chemistry to energy (M. Hölzle, Ulm)
  • Hydrogen-based energy sources (A. Schaadt, Freiburg/DE, C. Hank, Freiburg)
  • tba (K. Westphal)

Annual Conference 2019 (September 16th/17th, 2019; Aachen)

As part of the GDCh Science Forum Chemistry 2019, which will take place from 15.-19. September 2019 in Aachen.

Tuesday, 09/17/2019
Electrolysis (together with the GDCh Division of Electrochemistry)


  • Economics of Electrolyses (J. Kintrup, Leverkusen/DE)
  • Ion-selective membranes for an increase in efficiency in electrochemical processes (B. Bauer, Bietigheim-Bissingen/DE)
  • New Developments in Alkaline Water Electrolysis (T. Turek, Clausthal-Zellerfeld/DE)

BMBF project Kopernikus Power-to-X: Electrolysis (together with the GDCh Division of Electrochemistry)


  • Renewable and Profitable Synthesis of Chemical Feedstock and Specialties Employing Low Temperature Electrochemical Reduction of CO2 (G. Schmid, Erlangen/DE)
  • Beyond the Catalyst: How the Reactor Design Influences the Electrochemical Ammonia Synthesis (M. Wessling, Aachen/DE)
  • Power-to-X: Electrochemical Value Chains for Harnessing Renewables (R. Eichel, Jülich/DE)

Tuesday, 09/17/2019
Chemistry meets energy


  • Chemical Looping Beyond Combustion: Process Intensification for Catalytic Fuel Processing and CO2 Activation (G. Veser, Pittsburgh/US)
  • The Influence of Supercritical CO2 on Electrochemical CO2RR using Carbon Supported Copper Catalysts (U.-P. Apfel, Oberhausen/DE)
  • Catalytic Hydrolysis of Borohydride in Ionic Liquids (E. Klindtworth, Aachen/DE)
  • Availability of battery raw materials - monitoring for a secure supply of raw materials (S. Al Barazi, Berlin/DE)

Power-to-X (together with the GDCh Division of Electrochemistry)


  • Mesoscopic Photosystems for the Generation of Electricity and Chemical Fuels from Sunlight (M. Grätzel, Lausanne/CH)
  • State-of-Charge Monitoring for the Vanadium Redox Flow Battery (R. Hempelmann, Saarbrücken/DE)
  • Development of Novel Organic Radical Batteries (S. Nakatsuji, Hyogo/JP)

BMBF project Kopernikus Power-to-X: Production of chemicals and fuels (jointly with the GDCh Division of Electrochemistry)


  • tba (C. Gürtler, Leverkusen/DE)
  • tba (P. Wasserscheid, Erlangen/DE)
  • E = m*CO2: Translational Molecular Catalysis at the Interface of Energy and Chemistry (J. Klankermayer, Aachen/DE)

Annual conference 2018 (30.09.-02.-10.2018; Mülheim ad Ruhr)

30 September to 2 October 2018 in Mülheim ad Ruhr

Annual Conference 2017 (12./13.09.2017; Berlin)

As part of the GDCh Science Forum Chemistry 2017 in Berlin.

Annual Conference 2016 (October 6th/7th, 2016; Jena)


The aim of the annual conference is the exchange of experience and ideas between science and industry on the subject of "Chemistry and Energy". Contributions of chemistry to future energy supply are discussed critically. Challenges for the application are discussed as well as new trends from basic research.

2014: Workshop "Chemistry for the energy transition"


Presentation T. Gelhaar
Presentation H. Utikal
Presentation H. Putter

Workshop "Energy Transformations - The Role of Chemistry" (15./16.11.2012; Karlsruhe)


The topics of the workshop at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) were not only energy transformations in the narrower sense, but all aspects of energy and their role in and for chemistry. These include energy generation, storage and conversion, questions of energy efficiency, modeling and accounting, studies and teaching.

Workshop "Restructuring of the Energy System - Contributions from Chemistry" (February 24, 2011; Berlin)

The aim of the workshop on February 24, 2011 in Berlin was to promote the exchange of ideas between science, politics, associations and the media. Lecture program:

Lead study 201 0 - Scenarios for the expansion of renewable energies in Germany
Dr.-Ing. Thomas Pregger, German Aerospace Center, Stuttgart

How much carbon do humans need? The decarbonization dilemma
dr Hermann Pütter, board member of the AG Chemie und Energie of the GDCh, Neustadt/Weinstrasse

Biomass use without consequences?
Dr.-Ing. Jörg Schmalfeld, Consultant Fuel Technologies, Bad Homburg vdH

The problem of nuclear waste disposal and proposed solutions from chemistry
Prof. Dr. Horst Geckeis, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)

Conversion of the energy system - energy storage in the power grid
Dipl.-Ing. Günther Huber, BASF SE, Ludwigshafen

Sunny times for organic photovoltaics
Prof. Dr. Peter Bäuerle, University of Ulm

The light of the future
Prof. Dr. Claudia Wickleder

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