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 working 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)


May 26, 2022 | PhD position in the field of Polysiloxane-based inorganic-organic hybrid materials
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May 19, 2022 | New thermally stable one-component crosslinking silicones with high refractive index
Silicones with a high refractive index play an important role in many optical applications. In a recently published paper, we were able to show that polycyclic aromatic systems can significantly increase the refractive index as substituents on the silicon atoms in the silicones. Max Briesenick used a synthesis strategy optimized in our group, which allows the silicones to be crosslinked purely thermally without a catalyst. The crosslinked resins exhibited refractive indices above 1.6, very high optical transparency, and thermal stabilities up to 470 °C, and may thus be of interest for high-temperature optical applications. The study was published in Macromolecules (


May 9, 2022 | Elias Gießelmann starts his thesis
Elias Gießelmann starts his thesis on „Structural and Spectroscopic Analysis of (Oxidised) Intermetallic Aluminium compounds of Early Transition Metals".

April 26, 2022 | Lecture series „Raumschiff Erde - Nachhaltigkeit“
The lecture series „Raumschiff Erde – Nachhaltigkeit“ starts today with a lecture from Prof. Guido Kickelbick on „Sustainable Raw Materials Production and Urban Mining“. He gave a short broadcast interview on the subject on SR2. The whole series is once again organised by Prof. Kickelbick and deals with sustainability on an interdisciplinary base with 12 lectures during the summer term.

April 6, 2022 | Prizes for working group members at the „Promovierendentag der Naturwissenschaftlich-Technischen Fakultät“
Svenja Pohl won first place in the poster competition of the „Promovierendentag der Naturwissenschaftlich Technischen Fakultät“ with her poster on „Synthesis and Characterization of Polysilsesquioxane Hybrid Melting Gels“. Tobias Straub received a prize for his contribution on „Mechanochemical activation of metal oxides - Synthesis, modification and application of manganese oxides“. Congratulaions to both working group members!


April 26,2022 | Start Lecture Series "Raumschiff Erde - Nachhaltigkeit"

April 20, 2022  | Lectures GDCh Summer Term 2022

April 20, 2022 | AC-Colloquium Lectures Summer Term 2022

March 21-23, 2022 | Chemiedozententagung at the Saarland University
CDT 2022

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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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