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The podcast "Alles Chlor" of the Jungchemikerforum (JCF) can be found on the JCF website and in the in the category "Podcast: Alles Chlor"


University macromolecular chemistry 2018

Beginning with Herrmann Staudinger, macromolecular chemistry has been a central part of the research landscape in Germany for almost 100 years. Many scientific, and now also economic, achievements have been achieved by the large number of outstanding polymer chemists in Germany in the past and today. The university guide summarizes the extensive spectrum of current research on polymers and macromolecules - all working group that deal with polymer research in Germany are presented in a short portrait.

The university guide was developed by the GDCh Division of Macromolecular Chemistry.


  • Paperback, 228 pages
  • Format: DIN A4, 1000 g
  • ISBN: 978-3947197040

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Infinite expanses – criss-crossing the chemistry universe

Jubiläumsbuch "Unendliche Weiten"

On the occasion of its anniversary, the German Chemical Society (GDCh) has published a book that illuminates the achievements and possibilities of chemistry in all its facets in an entertaining way. "Infinite expanses. Criss-cross through the chemical universe? is the title of the book published by Wiley-VCH. Numerous renowned authors take the readers on an understandable and diverse journey through the world of chemistry. The book was published by the then GDCh President Thisbe K. Lindhorst, the former GDCh President Hans-Jürgen Quadbeck-Seeger and the GDCh itself.

In twelve chapters, recognized experts deal with achievements, applications and innovations in chemistry as well as with challenges and new approaches. Which renewable raw materials are there and how can carbon dioxide or hydrogen be used for energy production in the future? To what extent can genetic research help to develop a bacterial immune system? What alternatives to antibiotics are conceivable? How can we prevent the climate catastrophe? What possibilities does nuclear chemistry offer? Which environmentally friendly materials and solutions for information storage are chemists working on worldwide? How can recycling technologies be improved?

The book is aimed at both scientific laypersons and experts and, in a colorful kaleidoscope, provides many approaches to getting to know and understand the importance of chemistry for our world better.


  • Hardcover: 230 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley-VCH (2017)
  • ISBN: 978-3527342037

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Chemists in the "Third Reich"

Chemiker im Dritten Reich

The German Chemical Society and the Association of German Chemists in the Nazi regime

The history of the chemical industry in the Third Reich has been comprehensively documented, but an investigation of the scientific organizations of chemists has so far been lacking. The GDCh has commissioned the accomplished science historian and author of several works on the history of science, Professor Helmut Maier, with a study of the German Chemical Society and the Association of German Chemists in the Nazi regime. This resulted in the book ?Chemists in the Third Reich?. It covers the entire period from 1933 to 1945 and also includes previously inaccessible documents in its work. The book - it addresses chemists as well as historians and of course everyone interested in history - illuminates the history of the two predecessor organizations of the GDCh and provides a well-founded examination of the entanglement of individuals and the chemical societies as such in the Nazi regime of injustice. From the foreword by Professors Henning Hopf and Petra Mischnick: ?It is a mistake to believe that historical events - and especially negative events - can be" made good "or even" dealt with "in some way. But you can and must remember them in as much detail as possible. This work serves this purpose. "


  • Hardcover: 742 pages
  • Published by Wiley-VCH (2015)
  • ISBN: 978-3527338467

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Chemical tidbits

Chemische Leckerbissen

No trace of boredom, but plenty of reading fun and learned something about chemistry on the side? Klaus Roth achieves this like no other. It doesn't just explain - no, it brings chemistry to life with all its funny, serious and fascinating sides. Let yourself be taken on a richly colorfully illustrated, wild ride through chemistry. But it's better to take a sip of fresh water beforehand: the journey will be long, but never boring. But wait! Please just do not use normal water: it has to be energized, vitalized, clustered, stretched, revitalized and clockwise - or is it all just hocus-pocus? Photosynthesis, which gives us the air to breathe and allows orchids to grow, is definitely not hocus-pocus. But what does this have to do with a small green cactus? After reading it, you will know, I promise! Chemistry is undoubtedly the main actor in nature, but it is much more so - it has changed our society. How was it actually possible that a tiny pill aroused the mind and at the same time gave women self-determination? What a success story for chemistry. It gets hot when Klaus Roth dedicates himself to capsaicin - the fiery ingredient in paprika, the spiciness of which has brought tears to many a's eye. Klaus Roth does not stop at old clichés in his new book: Artificial sweeteners are bad, natural sugar is good, nicotine is the harmful thing when smoking, really? Really strong stuff! Do you know the bitter quinine, an alkaloid? You have probably already drunk it, at least if you like tonic water. Much more important, however, is that it also cures malaria. Is that where the folk saying comes from: ?Good Medicine has to taste bitter?? At the end it smells wonderfully good again. It is very Christmas in the chemical confectionery - a wonderfully contemplative end, after many fascinating stories. So in the end it has to be: Because chemistry is complicated, chemistry is fun!


  • Hardcover: 230 pages
  • Published by Wiley-VCH (2014)
  • ISBN: 978-3527337392

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Chemistry above the clouds ... and below

Chemie über den Wolken … und darunter

It is the official book of the German Chemical Society (GDCh) for the International Year of Chemistry 2011. At least since the ozone hole and climate debates, the chemistry of the atmosphere has increased in popularity. Terms like ozone, CFC, CO 2 and nitrogen oxides are on everyone's lips. But who really knows? Reinhard Zellner, Professor of Physical Chemistry at the University of Duisburg-Essen and his numerous co-authors give interested citizens the right answers to their questions. They describe in an understandable way which chemistry takes place in the atmosphere between earth and space, why the Atmospheric Chemistry chemistry or the substances in the atmosphere can influence the climate, which substances are particularly important, how they get into the atmosphere and how to avoid undesirable developments can counteract. The book is richly illustrated and provided with meaningful graphics and tables. Such a comprehensive and understandable presentation of the relationships has not previously existed on the German book market.


  • Hardcover: 238 pages
  • Published by Wiley-VCH (2011)
  • ISBN: 978-3527326518

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Chemical delicacies

Not boring - chemistry is exciting, witty, extremely useful and by no means incomprehensible, as Klaus Roth shows us in an entertaining way - and it also shows that chemistry goes through the stomach. Chemical processes give crispy bread its fragrant crust, and without the chemical interplay between egg yolk, oil and water, a three-star chef's entire sophistication is of no use if he wants to create a heavenly mayonnaise or hollandaise sauce. Even the Sunday breakfast egg can only be made with a portion of chemistry. And it makes the champagne tingle on our tongues, but also makes us happy with a hangover after excessive indulgence. Chemistry also protects us from deadly diseases such as scurvy, the sailor's disease - credit goes to the discoverer of vitamin C! Chemistry increases our quality of life in many areas that we do not associate with this natural science at first glance. If we enjoy the wonderful sound of the music from our CD player or watch a funny video on DVD, we actually owe it to chemistry. Klaus Roth presents interesting, precious things, from serious to bizarre, in a wonderfully understandable and humorous way! The book was published by Wiley-VCH in Weinheim. It is available in bookshops.


  • Hardcover: 252 pages
  • Published by Wiley-VCH (2010)
  • ISBN: 978-3527327522

Chemical delicacies

The book Chemische Delikatessen by Professor Dr. Klaus Roth, Berlin, is a ?best of? the author's essays that appear regularly in the ?curious, exciting, everyday? category of the GDCh magazine Chemie in unserer Zeit. In an entertaining and informative way, Klaus Roth takes the reader on a journey to the most diverse locations in which chemistry plays an important role. He spans a wide range that includes the description of chemical processes as well as anecdotes from the scientific community and remarks on statements by our political celebrities. The GDCh will award a special edition of the book from May 2007 as a prize for the best high school graduate in chemistry. The book was published by Wiley-VCH in Weinheim. It is available in bookshops.


  • Hardcover: 216 pages
  • Published by Wiley-VCH (2007)
  • ISBN: 978-3527319848

Chemistry around the clock

This is the official book for the Year of Chemistry 2003, published by the GDCh and funded by the BMBF. On over 230 pages, a daily routine shows that chemistry shapes our everyday life in a diverse and indispensable way - even if we often do not know or perceive it. This book shows where it meets us everywhere. Entertainingly written by Kristin Mädefessel-Herrmann, Friederike Hammar and Hans-Jürgen Quadbeck-Seeger, graphically appealing and always understandable, it is an exciting read for both laypeople and experts.


  • Hardcover: 244 pages
  • Published by Wiley-VCH (2004)
  • ISBN: 978-3527309702

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Green Chemistry. Sustainability in chemistry.

Green and chemistry - a contradiction? Definitely not! The chemical industry is aware of its responsibility for the environment and dedicates itself to the development of waste-avoiding, material and energy-saving processes. Not only the improvements already achieved, but also environmentally-related thinking and acting should be conveyed at an early stage in school and studies. This work shows how this can be implemented.


  • Hardcover: 158 pages
  • Published by Wiley-VCH (2003)
  • ISBN: 978-3527308156

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Chemistry experienced - 50 years of the GDCh

A colorful bouquet of eyewitness reports bound in one book: This is the GDCh anniversary volume "Chemistry Experienced - 50 Years of the GDCh" from 1999. 28 well-known chemists report from the period from the reconstruction to reunification and beyond. What was talked about and discussed, what was researched and worked on? ?Chemistry Experienced? shows many milestones in chemistry from the past 50 years.


  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Published by Eigenverlag (1999)
  • ISBN: 978-3924763794

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