The focus of our research is the tailoring of the inorganic-organic interface in hybrid materials and nanocomposites with special interest in a controlled design of inorganic building blocks such as nanoparticles. The large interface area in these materials requires a specific knowledge in tailoring the chemistry between inorganic and organic moieties. The controlled design of the interface allows the induction of new properties in the final material. Our research is highly interdisciplinary between the fields of inorganic, organic, and polymer chemistry and utilizes a broad spectrum of techniques like X-ray diffraction, common spectroscopic methods, thermo-analytical methods or mechanical tests.

Associated work groups:

Speciation and elemental analyis  
(apl. Prof. Dr. Ralf Kautenburger)
The research group WASTe (Working group for Analytical Speciation Techniques) is mainly focused on element trace and speciation analysis as well as on the development of innovative coupling techniques

Emmy Noether Research Group 
(PD Dr. André Schäfer)

Environmental Analysis Unit


14.07.2023 | Student group visits BASF's Ludwigshafen site

29 chemistry students from Saarbrücken spent an informative day at BASF in Ludwigshafen. In addition to a visit to the visitor center, the program included a tour of the site, a visit to a petrochemical plant and an information session on career opportunities as an industrial chemist. Prof. Guido Kickelbick accompanied the group of students and expressed his special thanks to Dr. Alexander Düfert from BASF for co-organizing the excursion. Together with Dr. Alexander Traut, Dr. Dorothea Ziegler and Dr. Geogios Dodekatos, he was available to answer the students' questions about application procedures and development opportunities at BASF.



12.07.2023 | Working Group Kickelbick take part in the 10th European Silicon Days

Members of the Kickelbick working group together with members of the Scheschkewitz working group participated in the 10th European Silicon Days in Montpellier from July 10 to 12, 2023. Prof. Kickelbick gave an invited lecture and Svenja Pohl and Jan-Falk Kannengießer presented their research work as poster contributions.



16.06.2023 | Team of our working group participates in the company run in Saarbrücken

A team of the Kickelbick working group participated in the company run in Saarbrücken on 16.06.2023. At high temperatures, all participants reached the finish line. Congratulations on this great performance!



June 06th to 10th, 2023 | Stefan Engel and Elias Gießelmann present their research results at the Hirschegg Seminar

On the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the Hirschegg Seminar, Stefan Engel and Elias Gießelmann presented their research results in scientific talks. The annual "Hirschegg Seminar" is a long-established institution in German-speaking solid state chemistry where PhD students present and extensively discuss their research results.


May 13, 2023 | Workgroup takes part in Open Day

A mobile measuring station of the Environmental Analysis Unit will be set up at the central meadow to show how online-monitoring of rivers in Saarland works. Prof. Kickelbick gives two lectures on "Sustainability and the role of Chemistry".

May 10, 2023 | Article of Elias Gießelmann accepted for publication in Inorganic Chemistry

The article „Formation of the Sub-Oxide Sc4Au2O1–x and Drastically Negative 27Al NMR Shift in Sc2Al” based on research findings of Elias Gießelmann has been accepted for publication in Inorganic Chemistry. This is a cooperation with Samir F. Matar from the Lebanese German University, LGU in Jounieh, Lebanon.

May 2, 2023 | Dr. Mathilde Laird starts her Alexander-von-Humboldt research scholarship

Dr. Mathilde Laird starts her two-year research scholarship in our workgroup on "Thermoreversible bonding in silsesquioxanes". Welcome Mathilde!


March 8, 2023 | Inorganic-organic hybrid materials show exceptional electrochemical properties

So-called luminescent solar concentrators make it possible to capture diffuse sunlight in order to use it to generate electricity. Solar radiation is captured by colored plastic panels, and at the edges, microsolar cells convert the resulting light into electricity. In cooperation with the research group of Prof. Andrea Pucci at the University of Pisa, a material developed at the UdS was used for the first time for flexible solar concentrators. The corresponding article was published in Polymer Chemistry (see: For further information, see this press release: and this TV report:



October 20, 2023 | Chemistry Day

On 20 October 2023, the Department of Chemistry at Saarland University will celebrate its 75th anniversary and the reopening of the renovated lecture hall building (C4 3) as part of a "Chemistry Day". We cordially invite you to this special event.

Flyer for the Chemistry Day 2023 (in German)

Link to the registration page (in German)

Sept 28, 2023 | GDCh Lectures Winter Term 2023/24



Univ.-Prof. Dr. Guido Kickelbick
Inorganic Solid State Chemistry
Phone: +49-(0)681-302 70651
Fax: +49-(0)681-302 70652

Susanne Limbach
Phone: +49-(0)681-302 70650
Fax: +49-(0)681-302 70652

Universität des Saarlandes
Anorganische Festkörperchemie
Campus C4 1, Raum 4.03
66123 Saarbrücken

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