Solid State Chemistry & Materials Research

Who we are - What we do

"Perenne nil nisi solidum."
"Nothing is permanent unless it is solid."

The GDCh Division of Solid-State Chemistry & Materials Research Research has existed since 1963 - initially as "semiconductor chemistry", from 1969 to 1999 as "solid state chemistry", before it was expanded to its current framework. It currently has around 950 members from universities, industry and the public sector. Around a third of the members are students and young members.

The Division combines creative synthesis with structure elucidation and property-oriented materials research as the basis of modern solid-state technologies that are directly linked to industrial materials research. It forms the ideal framework for scientific exchange between researchers from universities, research institutes and industrial companies and is a forum for networking between young scientists and experienced personalities from solid state chemistry and materials science.

solid-state chemistry and materials research today are based on an enormous breadth of materials and on research into a large number of material properties. These include important intrinsic properties such as magnetism, electronic and ionic conductivity, thermoelectricity, superconductivity or also optical, mechanical and catalytic properties, as well as substances with special structures, nanoparticulate, micro- and mesoporous systems, composites, ceramics, inorganic-organic hybrid materials, and low-dimensional structure materials. The close interaction between experiment and theory (e.g. many-particle theory, real-space theory, molecular dynamics) makes it possible to meet relevant solid-state chemical, material-oriented questions using modern methods, to identify sustainable solutions and to promote future-oriented developments.

The Division brings together scientific and technological interests in basic research in solid state chemistry – from development to application. It builds bridges to neighboring disciplines such as materials science, solid state physics and sustainable chemistry and thus contributes to answering socially relevant questions.

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Single Crystal Diffraction


22nd GDCh Conference on Inorganic Chemistry

September 16-18, 2024



Wolfgang J. Hönle Foundation "Art & Chemistry"

Promotion of art & culture, science & research, e.g. by awarding research grants


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

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