Pros and cons

Pros and cons

The working group public relations organizes the publication of reports on current scientific topics of political importance. Not surprisingly, such issues are controversial. The working group does not take a stand here, but instead finds two authors who present well-founded opposing views. This project is led by Dr. Dieter Kunz, Bayreuth, and Prof. Dr. Helmut Ritter, Wuppertal.

To date, 23 such pros and cons have been published in the Nachrichten aus der Chemie:


Lorena Herkert: PFAS in rainwater, in the adipose tissue of polar bears. Nachr. Chem. 2023, 71(9), 8.
Thomas Holtmann: There are no alternatives for many applications. Nachr. Chem. 2 023, 71(9), 9.

Electromobility: H 2 fuel cell

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

patent release

Rüger Schlund: Patents are not sent by God. Nachr. Chem. 2000, 70(4), 10.
Thomas Seuß: Other measures seem simpler. Nachr. Chem. 2000, 70(4), 11.

Crispr-Cas in plant breeding

Klaus-Dieter Jany: The process should not be considered in general terms, Nachr. Chem. 2019, 67(12), 8.
Christoph Then: There is a special obligation to take precautions. Nachr. Chem. 2019, 67(12), 9.

Industry requirements for university graduates

Achim Derks: Practice-related 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, Nachr.Chem. 2018, 66, 427.
Irina Sens: Why preprints also make sense in chemistry Nachr.Chem. 2018, 66, 429.
Peter Gölitz: Why chemists don't need preprints Nachr.Chem. 2018, 66, 430.
Wolfram Koch: How does the GDCh participate in the preprint server ChemRXiv Nachr.Chem. 2018, 66, 431?


Anja Krumbe: Efficient sweeteners, Nachr.Chem. 2017, 65, 890.
Susanne Ziesenitz: Natural sweetening with sugar, Nachr.Chem. 2017, 65, 891.

energy transition

Barbara Praetorius: The energy transition is a driver 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 Klufers: A doctorate is worthwhile.
Thorsten Daubenfeld: Just one of many possibilities.

Omega-3 fatty acids

Nachr. Chem. 2016, 64, 154
Gerhard Jahreseis: Omega-3 fatty acids are essential nutrients.
Gerhard Spiteller: The positive effect of omega-3 fatty acids is faked.

Experiments with bromine

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


Nachr. Chem. 2015, 63, 26
Mohammed Amro: "Germany shouldn't waste any time on 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: "With enterprising spirit into the age of renewable energies."
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 being fought politically with unreasonableness."
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 makes Germany a climate sinner."
Werner Neumann: "CCS is not a bridge technique but a crutch technique."

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

Nachr. Chem. 2013 , 61, 24
Frank Ziegler: "Prospective students need orientation."
Henning Hopf: "It does more harm than good to chemistry."

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 only a first step."

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