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 
(Dr. André Schäfer)

River Monitoring (Part of "Arbeitsstelle Umweltanalytik")
(Dipl.-Geogr. Angelika Meyer, apl. Prof. Dr. Ralf Kautenburger, Prof. Dr. Guido Kickelbick)


March 6, 2023 | Elias Gießelmann takes part in NMR Workshop

Elias Gießelmann takes part in the fifth G-NMR School at the Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf

March 2, 2023 | Publication of Stefan Engel & Elias Gießelmann accepted in "Inorganic Chemistry"

The review-article  „Trivalent Europium – A scarce case in intermetallics”, written by Stefan Engel, Elias Gießelmann and Oliver Janka, in co-operation with Rainer Pöttgen of the Westfälische Wilhelms-University Münster, has been accepted by "Reviews in Inorganic Chemistry".

Feb 10, 2023 | Mechanochemistry allows a fast and energy-efficient production of black metal oxides

Metal oxides are usually colourless solids. When we are able to reduce the metal ions successfully, so-called black metal ions will result. These often have extraordinary electronic and catalytic properties. In a study of Anna Michaely in co-operation with a team of other authors, they succeeded to produce black titanium oxide (TiO2) and black niobium oxide (Nb2O5) after just 10 min. by a simple chemical conversion in a ball mill. These black metal oxides showed the expected changes in their electronic properties and for the titanium dioxide, a significantly higher activity in its photocatalytic properties could be proven. The study was published in Chemistry – A European Journal (

Feb 9, 2023 | Publication of Elias Gießelmann has been accepted in "Dalton Transactions"

The publication „Raman and NMR spectroscopic and theoretical investigations of the cubic laves-phases REAl2 (RE = Sc, Y, La, Yb, Lu)” based on the research results of Elias Gießelmann has been accepted by "Dalton Transactions".

Feb 6, 2023 | Publication of Stefan Engel & Elias Gießelmann accepted in "Inorganic Chemistry"

The publication „Theoretical and 27Al NMR Spectroscopic Investigations of Binary Intermetallic Alkaline-Earth Aluminides” based on the research findings of Stefan Engel and Elias Gießelmann has been accepted by "Inorganic Chemistry".


March 23, 2023 | GDCh Lectures Summer Term 2023


Oct 19, 2022 | Inorganic Chemistry Colloquium Winter Term 2022/23



Oct 19, 2022 | German Science Foundation Colloquium Winter Term 2022/23



November 08, 2022 | Start Lecture Series "Spaceship Earth - Climate Protection"




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
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