August 1, 2021 | Stefan Engel starts doctoral thesis
Today, Stefan Engel starts his doctoral thesis on „Studies on the bonding situation and electron transfer in electron-deficient intermetallic compounds", with support of DFG-funding raised by Dr. Oliver Janka.

02.07.2021 | Christina Odenwald graduated
Christina Odenwald obtained her doctorate today. Congratulations! Theme: „Continuous and Wet-Chemical Synthesis of Micro- and Nanoparticles in a Microreactor“

30.06.2021 | Nadja Klippel graduated
Today, Nadja Klippel obtained her doctorate. Congratulations! Theme: „Synthesis and Charakterisation of Perylenediimid- and Xanthen-functionalised Silica-nanoparticles and Research on Pigment-Particle interaction“

April 13, 2021 | New hybrid material shows thermoplastic behaviour
Our study on polysilsesquioxane material compounded by using a simple polymerisation method was published today. Under specific conditions, we were able to produce a material showing thermoplastic behaviour. This is known for the usual organic polymers but not for silicone-like structures. While the material can be fused at 110 °C, it is solid at room temperature. There are some other properties of these systems that may be of interest for technological use: they are highly transparent and low-level permeable for gas molecules like oxygen or water vapour. They could be replacing the conventional silicones in optical applications and save resources in the process, as they do not need a platinum catalyst for cross-linking. In a study in the journal Macromolecules we were able to correlate the properties of this material with its structure. (

April 8, 2021 | Dennis Meier graduated
Today, Dennis Meier obtained his doctorate. Congratulations! Theme: „New polysiloxane based encapsulation materials for high energy LEDs“

February 15, 2021 | Jan-Falk Kannengießer starts his doctoral thesis
Today, Jan-Falk Kannengießer starts his doctoral thesis on „Stable Silanols and their reactivity in polycondensation reactions“. Welcome!

February 16, 2021 | Moulding super-hydrophobic surfaces of the carob tree
For billions of years, flora and fauna were creating surface structures that allow survival under special environmental conditions. Many of these microscopic surface structures are beneficial for technological use, e.g. for adhesion or light reflection. However, moulding these structures is difficult because of their microscopic refinement and their surface chemistry. In an international research project with research groups from Portugal and Sweden, we were able to mould finest structures by special polymer combinations and to transfer them to a new form. The polymer properties like adhesion and mechanical properties had to be balanced accurately. The article has been published in the Langmuir journal. (

February 09, 2021 | Thomas Klein graduated
Today, Thomas Klein obtained his doctorate. Congratulations! Theme: „Wet Chemical Synthesis of Nano and Submicron Al Particles for the Preparation of Ni and Ru Aluminides“.

February 07, 2021 | Switchable attachment of dyes to iron oxide nanoparticle surfaces
A publication by Siyang He published today shows that fluorescent dyes can be attached to surfaces of iron oxide nanoparticles and that it is possible to release the dyes from the surface by temperature-dependent switching. At temperatures above 130°C, the bond between the dye and the surface is cleaved and the dye can diffuse into the environment. On cooling, the bond to the surface is formed again. This process can be carried out many times. Attaching the dye to magnetic nanoparticles opens up the possibility of magnetically separating the particles after dye separation. This allows the particles to be used as transport vehicles for various substances. The study was published in the open access journal Molecules (

December 21, 2020 | Guido Kickelbick Editor in Charge for new Paper Solid
Prof. Guido Kickelbick becomes founding editor of the new Golden Open Access journal Solids ( The focus of the scientific journal is the publication of research results in the field of chemistry and physics of solids.

12.12.2020 | Distribution of nanoparticles in nanocomposites depending on chemical surface functionalisation
In cooperation with two partners from Austria at Vienna University and the TU Wien, we were able to systematically prove a significant influence of the interaction between the surface of nanoparticles and the polymer matrix on the homogeneous distribution of the particles in the matrix. Here, chemical interactions and the morphology of the particles are playing a significant role. The study has been published in the Open Acces Paper Surfaces (

October 26, 2020 | Deanship of Prof. Kickelbick regularly ends
After two terms in office, Prof. Kickelbick's deanship ends today. New Dean of the NT Faculty is Prof. Jörn Walter

August 21, 2020 | Dennis Becker received PhD
Dennis Becker received his PhD today. Congratulations! His topic was: „Mechanochemical Synthesis, Phase Transformation and Surface Functionalization of Metal Oxides“

 July 31, 2020 | Dr. Robert Haberkorn retires
Dr. Robert Haberkorn, senior academic advisor, is retiring as of today. For decades, he mainly took care of the X-ray facilities in the working group and of teaching basic solid state knowledge to students.

July 21, 2020 | Influence of synthesis conditions on size, morphology and reactivity of aluminum nanoparticles
In an article published today in Dalton Transactions,  Thomas Klein shows by systematic studies how reaction conditions in a catalytic decomposition reaction are influencing the properties of aluminum-nanoparticles. Title: „Aluminum nanoparticle preparation via catalytic decomposition of alane adducts – Influence of reaction parameters on nanoparticle size, morphology and reactivity“,

July 14, 2020 | Testimonial lecture of Prof. Guido Kickelbick at TU Kaiserslautern
„Spaceship Earth – Contributions of Chemistry for a better use of resources” was the title of this testimonial lecture on the occasion of the Steinhofer-award ceremony 2019 at TU Kaiserslautern.

July 12, 2020 | Preparation of aluminides from nanoparticles
Can ruthenium and nickel aluminides be prepared from nanoparticles and what is the advantage compared to other synthesis methods? Thomas Klein shows in two articles published in co-operation with the Mücklich working group how intelligent chemical synthesis allows the preparation of the desired aluminides by so-called self-sustaining reactions. Aluminides are intermetallic compounds with special mechanical and thermal properties. The materials were produced by using a new synthesis concept. A notable aspect is the considerable reduction of the ignition temperature for the self-sustaining reactions by a maximum use of the nanometer scale.  The studies have been published in two articles in Intermetallics. Titles: „Al and Ru nanoparticles as precursors for Ru–Al intermetallics“ „Al and Ni nanoparticles as precursors for Ni aluminides“

July 1, 2020 | Jan-Falk Kannengießer starts his master thesis on Organosilanolates with high refractive index

February 26, 2020 | 
Two new substances patented by the working group
We are proud of two patents for polysiloxane-polysilsesquioxane-materials usable for optoelectronic application published today. These two patented substances have the following advantages compared to conventional materials: (i) they are one-component materials with high transmission in the optical field, ii) they are of high thermal stability, iii) their viscosities and their refraction index is almost infinitely variable and (iv) they do not need a catalyst for curing. For the patents, please see the following patent numbers: EP3613793A1;WO2020038935A1 and EP3613809A1;WO2020038940A1.

February 17, 2020 | Dr. Oliver Janka strengthens our team in the field of X-Ray diffraction
We are very pleased to welcome Dr. Oliver Janka in our team. His tasks will involve the supervision of our large-scale equipment and the support of teaching. His research focuses on intermetallic phases.

February 2020 | 
Lucas Niedner starts his doctoral thesis in our working group on inorganic-organic Janus-nanoparticles with stable ionic groups on the surface.

February 10, 2020 | New article published in cooperation with Saeed Ahmad Khan and Prof. Marc Schneider's working group
The paper is titled „Ketoconazole-loaded PLGA nanoparticles and their synergism against Candida albicans when combined with silver nanoparticles“. For further information, see here.


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November 7, 2019
New article on reaction-milling published
In his scientific article, Dennis Becker showed the effect of high-energy ball-milling parameters on the structural properties of Li2Mn2O4, a potential material for battery storages. The paper was published in the European Journal of Inorganic Chemistry, title: "Reactive Milling Induced Structure Changes in Phenylphosphonic Acid Functionalized LiMn2O4 Nanocrystals – Synthesis, Rietveld Refinement, and Thermal Stability". For further information, see here.

July 18, 2019
New patent in cooperation with BASF
In cooperation with BASF, we were able to patent a new material which enables the stable embedding of organic fluorescent pigments -used as e.g. conversion pigments in LEDs- into a polysiloxane matrix. This allows the production of rare earth-reduced or - free LEDs. For the patents, please see the following patent numbers: WO2019137975A2;WO2019137975A3;TW201938695A

January 18, 2019: New material for the encapsulation of LEDs
Together with industrial partners (Osram, BASF), our working group developed a new encapsulation material allowing to produce less expensive long-life LEDs without rare earths. Two patents have been filed on this subject. 
The new material is based on a special, freely configurable silicone for different requirements. The most important parameters are fulfilled: the material is thermally resistant, highly transparent and easy to process. Besides, the material is saving resources: in conventional material, platinum is used as a catalyst for the interlacing of liquid precursors, whereas the new material can completely do without. 
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tv report in „aktueller Bericht“ Feb 8, 2019:

November 1, 2018: Mana Mohamed starts her doctoral thesis in the field of manufacturing of particles with a small solubility product and metal carbide precursors in the MicroJet reactor.  

September 27, 2018: Nils Steinbrück is presenting the results of the project „ORCA“ (Organic and Rare-Eatrh-reduced conversion material für LED-based lighting) on the BMBF-MatRessource-FORUM „Material for a ressource-efficient industry and society“ during the MSE 2018

September 2018: Gabriela Moreira Lana starts her Master thesis in cooperation with the Leibniz institute for new material (INM) in the field of silica-based protective films

September 9-12, 2018: The European Silicon Days are organised by the Scheschkewitz and Kickelbick working groups in Saarbrücken
Silicium is highly important in our everyday life. The element can be found in computer chips, solar collectors, construction material and many other objects. Research on this one of the most common elements is of high interest for science and industry. The „European Silicon Days“ therefore provide an exchange forum for science and industry. This congress takes place every two to three years in different European countries, in 2018, representatives of science an industry met at the Saarland University from September 9-12. 

September 1, 2018: Max Briesenick starts his doctoral thesis in the field of the synthesis of LED encapsulation material with a high refraction index.
August 2018: Jan-Falk Kannengießer starts his bachelor thesis on high refractive LED encapsulation material

Juli 2018: Anahita Emminghaus starts her bachelor thesis in the field of combining fluorescent nanoparticles for white-light emission.

Mai 2018: Mike Nadig starts his master thesis in cooperation with the Leibniz-Institute for New Material in the field of polymer composites with enhanced barrier properties.

April 12, 2018: Guido Kickelbick joins the „Arbeitskreis Hybride der Forschungsgesellschaft Kunststoffe e.V. (FGK)“

April 1, 2018: Bastian Oberhausen starts his doctoral thesis in the field of self-healing nanocomposites on the basis of ionic surface-functionalised particles.




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December 21, 2017: Prof. Kickelbick gives Christmas lecture on: „Advent, Advent es knallt und brennt“
Prof. Guido Kickelbick and Andreas Adolf once more show a variety of spectacular experiments turning chemical energy into fire and noise.
October 27, 2017: Chemistry Day 2017
The two highlights of this year’s Chemistry Day are the formal opening of building C4 1 after refurbishment and the festive symposium for the Horst-Dietrich Hardt-award going to Prof. Lutz Gade (University of Heidelberg).

September 4-8, 2017: Participation in the 19th International Sol-Gel Conference in Liege, Belgium

September 2017: Michael Alexander Klos starts his bachelor thesis in the field of mechanochemical synthesis and surface functionalisation of mangane oxides. 

August 2017: Svenja Pohl starts her bachelor thesis in the field of LED encapsulation material

July 20, 2017: The Kickelbick working group takes a boat-trip on the river Saar

July 2017: Michelle Arweiler starts her master thesis based on a cooperation with the Dillinger Hütte in the field of the analysis of steel samples by optical emission spectroscopy.

Juni 13, 2017: Prof. Kickelbick takes part in a panel discussion on „Humboldt Reloaded“
Humboldt defined a university not as a place of hierarchy but a place of joint teaching and learning. Many study courses focus on lectures with little relation to research. The Humboldt education ideal would nowadays recommend open access to research for students as early as possible. This event explores the realisation of this ideal.
April 5-7, 2017:Working group takes part in organisation of the 13th Zsigmondy Kolloquium oft he „Deutsche Kolloidgesellschaft“
This conference enables young scientists from colloid-, surface- and interface-research to present their research results to an international audience by lectures or poster sessions. The colloquium aims at the building of an exchange platform for researchers of different fields and industry.
March 2017: Lucas Niedner and Lucas Huppert start their bachelor theses in our working group in the field of manufacturing nanoparticles with the Microjekt-technology and self-healing material


December 15, 2016: Prof. Guido Kickelbick presents "Angel in a gold rush", this year's Christmas lecture in the fully occupied Chemistry auditorium

December 1, 2016: Charlotte Heinrich successfully defends her doctoral thesis on "Isotropic and anisotropic surface modifications of oxidic nanoparticles with ionic functionalities“

November 6-11, 2016: Prof. Guido Kickelbick is invited speaker at the Sino-German Symposium “Precursor derived ceramics and advanced hybrid materials” in Freiberg, Sachsen

October 26, 2016: Prof. Guido Kickelbick is elected first Dean of the newly founded Faculty of Science and Technology

October 4, 2016: Thomas Klein starts his doctoral thesis in the field of „wet-chemical production of  highly-reactive metallic nanoparticles“

October 2016: Our working group moves into the newly renovated laboratories in building C4 1 on the campus

July 9, 2016: experimental lecture by Prof. Guido Kickelbick and Andreas Adolf at this year's Open Day on "Chemistry of the Light"

June 2, 2016: lecture of Prof. Guido Kickelbick at the MINT-Days for schools on the campus on „From Fire to OLED – Chemistry and Physics of Light Generation“

May 1, 2016: Nils Steinbrück starts his doctoral thesis on "New hybrid materials for rare-earth-reduced LEDs“

May 1, 2016: New hybrid materials for rare-earth-reduced LEDs
In a new project financed by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) our working group is looking for ways to reduce rare earths in LEDs in cooperation with industrial partners (OSRAM GmbH, OSRAM Opto Semiconductors GmbH and BASF  SE). The University's part is to develop new inorganic-organic hybrid materials to stabilize the rare-earth-reduced LEDs. Information on the so-called "ORCA"-project can be found on the project homepage (

March 1, 2016: Dennis Becker starts his doctoral thesis on „Generation of solid state ionic conductors by reactive milling"









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10.-15. November 2015: Sino-German Symposium on Design, Processing and Application of Advanced Ceramic Materials
Prof. Kickelbick ist eingeladener Vortragender des ersten chinesisch-deutschen Symposiums zum Thema Neuartige Keramische Materialien an der Zhengzhou University of Aeronautics.

3. November 2015: Kristina Brix startet ihre Doktorarbeit mit dem Thema "Charakterisierung von Ca-Bentonit als geotechnische Barriere einer Lagerstätte für hochradioaktive Abfälle"

2. November 2015: Sascha Verwaayen beginnt Masterarbeit mit dem Thema "Kondensationsreaktionen von Phosphonaten"

30. Oktober 2015: Promotionskolloquium von Tom Engel

20. Oktober 2015: Eröffnungsfeier des neuen Studiengangs BachelorPlus MINT
Der neue Studiengang BachelorPlus MINT wird feierlich im Graduate Center der UdS eröffnet. Dieser neue Studiengang bietet eine zweisemestrige Orientierungsphase, in der die Studierenden Einblick in alle MINT-Fächer bekommen und sich anschließend für einen Bachelorstudiengang aus dem MINT-Bereich entscheiden müssen. Das Konzept des durch die Studienstiftung ausgezeichneten Studiengangs wurde am Lehrstuhl mit entworfen.

22. Oktober 2015: Verleihung des Eduard Martin Preises der Universität des Saarlandes an Nathalie Kunkel

20. Oktober 2015: Begrüßungsveranstaltung der neuen Studierenden des Masterstudiengangs Materialchemie

15. Oktober 2015: Prof. Kickelbick ist Gastredner beim Herbstkolloquium des Center for Interdisciplinary Nanostructure Science and Technology an der Universität Kassel

6. - 15. Oktober 2015: Summer School Materialwissenschaften und Chemie zusammen mit der East China University of Science and Technology (ECUST) im Graduate Center der UdS
In Zusammenarbeit mit der Arbeitsgruppe von Prof. Springborg (Physikalische Chemie) wurde als Auftaktveranstaltung einer Kooperation mit der ECUST eine Summer School zu Themen der Chemie und Materialwissenschaften ausgetragen. Insgesamt nahmen an dieser Veranstaltung 16 Dozenten und Studierende der ECUST und 20 Professoren und Doktoranden der UdS teil.

9. Oktober 2015: Lise Boulard verteidigt erfolgreich ihre Masterarbeit "Characterization of the leaching behavior of portland cement concrete" an der École européenne de chimie, polymères et matériaux (ECPM) in Strasbourg

1. Oktober 2015: Achim Koch startet seine Doktorarbeit mit dem Thema „Ionische Grafting-From Polymerisationen von Nanopartikeln der Metalloxide“

24./25. September 2015: New Energies. The Future of Energy at the Interface of Technology, Culture, and Society.Interdisciplinary Workshop for PhD Students of the Greater Region
Einige Arbeitsgruppenmitglieder und Prof. Kickelbick beteiligen sich aktiv an dem Workshop, der sich unter anderem auch mit der Ressourceneffizienz der Synthese und der Langlebigkeit von Materialien beschäftigt.

21. September 2015: In der Vortragsreihe Rent-a-Prof hält Prof. Kickelbick einen Vortrag zum Thema "Es werde Licht" am Marie-Luise-Kaschnitz-Gymnasium Völklingen

1. September 2015:Start des Verbundprojektes GRaZ (Geochemische Radionuklidrückhaltung an Zementalterationsphasen)
mit Beteiligung der Universität des Saarlandes als Teilprojekt D: „Untersuchung von Zement- und Ton- Korrosionsprodukten und deren Einfluss auf die Rückhaltung von endlagerrelevanten Elementen“ (BMWi-Projekt 02E11415D, Laufzeit bis zum 31.08.2018)

17. August 2015: Nadja Klippel startet ihre Doktorarbeit mit dem Thema: „Fluoreszierende Silica Nanopartikel als Sonden in Nanokompositen“

3. August 2015: Christina Odenwald startet ihre Doktorarbeit mit dem Thema „Das Microjet-Verfahren als Tool zur Herstellung nanopartikulärer Materialien“

Juli 2015: Nicole Bauer, Laura Jochum und Michelle Arweiler beginnen Bachelorarbeiten in der Arbeitsgruppe

10. Juli 2015: Promotionskolloquium von Nina Zahn

4. Juli 2015: Tag der offenen Tür der UdS
Prof. Kickelbick hält zusammen mit Andrease Adolf Experimentalchemievortrag zum Thema "Independence Day: bekannte Produkte und Entdeckungen, unbekannte Forscher und Erfinder aus den USA"

16. Juni 2015: Lise Boulard beginnt ihre Masterarbeit im Projekt zur Endlagerforschung im Rahmen des Deutsch-Französischen Studiengangs Chemie

10. Juni 2015: Dennis Becker startet seine Masterarbeit über Batteriewerkstoffe

23./24. April 2015: Workshop: Festkörper-NMR Spektroskopie als Werkzeug in der Charakterisierung von Materialien
Der Lehrstuhl richtet zusammen mit dem SYCMA-Doktorandenprogramm einen Workshop zum Thema Festkörper-NMR-Spektroskopie zur Charakterisierung von Materialien aus. Der Dozent ist Dr. Thierry Azais vom Laboratoire Chimie de la Matière Condensée de Paris, Collège de France.

31. März 2015: Prof. Kickelbick hält Vortrag auf der Bundestagung Mathematisch-Naturwissenschaftlicher Unterricht in Saarbrücken zum Thema „Selbstheilende Materialien“

30. März -3. April 2015: Prof. Devon Shipp, Clarkson University (Potsdam, USA) Gastprofessor am Lehrstuhl

1. März 2015: Dr. André Schäfer beginnt als Nachwuchswissenschaftler und Akademischer Rat auf Zeit seine Habilitation in der Arbeitsgruppe

28. Februar 2015: Verleihung der Wilhelm-Klemm-Promotionspreises der Universität Münster an Nathalie Kunkel

22.-26. Februar 2015: Poster-Präsentationen von Dr. Christina Hein und MSc Ramona Hahn sowie Vortrag von Dr. Kautenburger bei der EWCPS 2015 (European Winter Conference on Plasma Spectrochemistry mit über 700 Teilnehmern aus 45 Ländern) an der Universität Münster

4. Februar 2015: Prof. Kickelbick hält Vortrag bei der Kinderuni der UdS zum Thema „Kratzer auf dem Handy: Wie kann ich die vermeiden?“

22. Januar 2015: GDCh-Vortrag von Prof. Kickelbick an der Universität Chemnitz zum Thema „Chemisches Design von Anorganischen-Organischen Grenzflächen“

15. Januar 2015: Night of the Profs
Bei der gemeinsamen Party des AStA, der UdS und des Radiosenders 103.7 UnserDing betätigt sich Prof. Kickelbick als DJ und legt Platten auf.

5. Januar 2015: Dennis Meier startet seine Doktorarbeit mit dem Thema „Neue Polysiloxan-basierte Materialien für das LED-Packaging“



12. November 2014: Verleihung des Elisabeth und Dr. Horst-Dietrich Hardt-Promotionspreises  der Universität des Saarlandes an Nathalie Kunkel

29. Oktober 2014: Prof. Kickelbick wird zum Prodekan der naturwissenschaftlich-Technischen Fakultät III der UdS gewählt

28./29. Oktober 2014: Organisation und Ausrichtung des 7. Workshops des BMWi-Verbundprojekts „Rückhaltung endlagerrelevanter Radionuklide im natürlichen Tongestein und in salinaren Systemen“ an der Universität des Saarlandes

21.-23. Oktober 2014: Prof. Kickelbick Referent bei der 5. Sol-Gel Fachtagung der Technischen Akademie Wuppertal

24.-26. September 2014: 17. Vortragstagung der Wöhler-Vereinigung für Anorganische Chemie in Saarbrücken
Die Wöhler-Tagung mit den bisher meisten Teilnehmern in der Geschichte dieser Veranstaltungsreihe findet unter Leitung der Anorganischen Chemie an der UdS statt. Neueste Trends aus der Hauptgruppen- und Komplexchemie sowie der Chemie von Festkörper und Materialien in Bezug auf Grundlagenforschung und industrielle Anwendung werden in Vorträgen und Postern von Wissenschaftlern aus Deutschland und dem benachbarten Ausland vorgestellt.

16.-19. September 2014: Jubiläumstagung zum 40-jährigen Bestehen der Gesellschaft für Thermische Analyse
Prof. Kickelbick ist einer der Dozenten bei einem Workshop zum Thema Anwendung von Verfahren der thermischen Analyse bei Hybridmaterialien.

8. September 2014: Promotionskolloquium von Annika Betke

17. August 2014: Martin Geiger startet seine Masterarbeit zur ICP-MS Analyse von Dialyselösungen in Kooperation mit Fresenius Medical Care Deutschland GmbH

28. Juli -01. August 2014: Prof. Michel Wong Chi Man Institut Charles Gerhardt Montpellier (ICGM), Equipe Architectures Moléculaires et Matériaux Nanostructurés, Gastprofessor am Institut

23. Juli 2014: Vortragstagung der Doktorandenschule Doktorandenschule SYCMA „Synthese und Charakterisierung von Materialien und Werkstoffen“ zum Thema Moderne Materialien

5. Juli 2014: Tag der offenen Tür der UdS
Prof. Kickelbick hält Vortrag zum Thema „Das Universum auf DIN A4 - Ein experimenteller Streifzug durch das Periodensystem“

4. Juli 2014: Promotionskolloquium von Patrick Wenderoth

1. Juli 2014: Erfolgreiche 15-monatige Verlängerung und Aufstockung für das Saarbrücker BMWi-Projekt zur Endlagerforschung bis zum 30.09.2015

23. Juni 2014: Kerstin Keßler-Neufang startet ihre Bachelorarbeit zu Apatit-Verbindungen

11. Juni 2014: Ramona Hahn startet ihre Masterarbeit zum Thema: "Untersuchungen zur Metallkomplexierung von Europium und Uran mit organischen Komplexliganden mittels Dialyse und Ultrafiltration" im BMWi-Projekt zur Endlagerforschung

26.-30. Mai 2014: Prof. Kickelbick eingeladener Vortragender auf dem E-MRS Spring Meeting in Lille in der Sektion „Hybrid materials engineering in biology, chemistry and physics“

25. Mai 2014: Promotionskolloquium von Nathalie Kunkel

30. April -04. Mai 2014: Prof. Kickelbick eingeladener Vortragender auf dem 3rd International Symposium on Controlled/Living Polymerization: From Synthesis to Applications, CLP’14 in Belek, Türkei

1. April 2014: Sandra Schäfer startet ihre Doktorarbeit zum Thema „Selbstheilende Nanokomposite“

14. Februar 2014: Promotionskolloquium von Christian Reichert

28. Januar2014: Dennis Becker startet seine Bachelor-Arbeit zu Apatit-Verbindungen


November 1, 2013: New project on the exploitation of fly-ash
A new industry-oriented project on the exploitation of fly-ash from incineration plants has been started

October 28, 2013: Eduard Martin - Prize 2011/2012 awarded to Dr. Oliver Clemens
The Eduard Martin - Prize 2011/2012 is awarded to staff member Oliver Clemens for his dissertation on "Synthesis and Characterization of Lithium-containing transition metal phosphates and vanadates and their series of mixed crystals". This prize is awarded every year to the best PhD students of the different faculties of Saarland University.

July 9, 2013: Better Materials for LED Packaging
LEDs are embedded into transparent polymer materials. A new industry-oriented research programme deals with the improvement of these materials regarding adhesion and transparency.

May 30, 2013: Guido Kickelbick joins editorial board of Inorganics
Inorganics is an open access journal publishing articles from all fields of inorganic chemistry and imposing a strict peer-review code (

March 1, 2013: Dr. Kai Abersfelder new staff member at INM
In the framework of Prof. Guido Kickelbicks INM fellowship, Dr. Kai Abersfelder starts a project on "Production and self-assembly of Janus-nanoparticles" at the INM. 


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December 20, 2012: Christmas Lecture - Reloaded
„Let there be light – Christmas lecture reloaded“ is the motto of this year’s Christmas lecture of the inorganic chemistry department. In demonstrative and partially spectacular experiments the team of Prof. Kickelbick and his assistent Andreas Adolf present not always serious suggestions how chemical reactions can contribute to the so called energy change in Germany.

October 10-12,2012: Annual conference of the german and swiss societies for thermal analysis and calorimetry in Saarbrücken
The National Societies for Thermal Analysis and Calorimetry of Germany and Switzerland are organizing a bilateral conference under the supervision of Prof. Kickelbick in Saarbrücken. The meeting will focus on the areas hybrid-, nano- and biomaterials. Besides fundamental talks from scientific experts, suppliers of scientific instruments will present their newest developments in thermal analysis at this meeting. This will offer a basic insight into this technology to newcomers, too.

October 1, 2012: Lab talks "Material optimization by nano technology"
In cooperation with the "Kontaktstelle für Wissens- und Technologietransfer (KWT)" of the Saarland University and the "Zentrale für Produktivität und Technologie Saar e. V. (ZPT)", a lecture in the series "LabTalks"  with local companies is given at our institute. Our staff will present the application- oriented research work in short lectures followed by a laboratory inspection.

October 1, 2012: Prof. Holger Kohlmann accepts position at the University of Leipzig
Dr. Holger Kohlmann – so far assistant professor at our institute – relocates to a professorship for functional materials at the University of Leipzig. The institute loses a supporting pillar in science and teaching. We wish Prof. Kohlmann all the best for his new position in Leipzig

September 26/27, 2012: Sol-Gel conference in Saarbrücken
In cooperation with the Technical Academy Wuppertal (TAW) and supervised by Prof. Kickelbick, our institute is organizing the 4. Sol-Gel expert conference with the thematic spectrum: fundamentals, technologies, applications. Besides fundamental studies, the conference will mainly focus on the potential of the sol-gel process in industrial applications. Topics are:
- functional coatings
- particles and capsules
- hybrid materials and nanocomposites
- surface determined materials
The application range of the sol-gel process comprises mechanical improvements of surfaces, optical and electronic applications as well as formulations in the self-care and medical-pharmaceutical area

September 3, 2012: Cooperation agreement with Dillinger Hütte
A new cooperation contract between the Inorganic Solid State Chemistry and the long-established Saarland company Dillinger Hütte is the framework for a closer future joint collaboration. The focus of this teamwork is on elemental and structural analytics.

July 10, 2012: Guido Kickelbick becomes INM fellow
Applying a new contract model the INM (Leibniz-Institute for New Materials) intensified its cooperation with the Saarland University. Guido Kickelbick is the first „INM Fellow“ the INM will cooperate with in a strategic partnership. This cooperation is expected to give new mutual scientific impulses as well as larger chances for the promotion of common projects.

July 6, 2012: Inaugural lecture of PD Ralf Kautenburger
Dr. Ralf Kautenburger is new Assistant Professor for Analytical Chemistry at our institute. He will support our team in this field in the future. Mr. Kautenburger’s scientific topics are in the areas elemental, bio- and environmental analytical chemistry, and especially in the field of speciation analysis.

June 2012: New X-ray powder diffractometer goes into operation
A successful proposal in the major research instrumentation program of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) enabled the purchase and commissioning of a new Bruker D8-type X-ray powder diffractometer. With this instrument the institute owns a powerful state-of-the-art diffractometer for the characterization of crystalline powders under ambient and high temperature conditions.

May 23, 2012: New masters programme "Materials chemistry"
The new master programme "materials chemistry" starting with the winter term 2012/2013 at the Saarland University offers a versatile, research-weighted education in the interdisciplinary field between chemistry and the materials sciences. Based upon the knowledge from a preceding bachelor programme (chemistry or materials sciences), students experience the description and understanding of materials and their properties from the perspective of chemistry as well as engineering. For further information please visit "" (german)

December 2, 2011: New building for inorganic chemistry lab courses
Chemistry bachelor students and students of other disciplines who have to study chemistry in a laboratory course have now the chance to work in a modern building with highly functional laboratories. The federal as well as the government of Saarland have invested 6.6 Million Euro in the new building. The funds of the federal government are part of the business activity support program II. Further 143000 Euro were invested in the basic equipment of the 855 square meter 6 floor building. The building includes laboratories for chemical education for bachelor students in chemistry, teacher students, and other science and engineering students. Construction of the building started in June 2010. Distinct features of the laboratories are their suitability for disabled persons. Lowerable benches in the laboratories, a technology which is quite seldom at German universities, allow the adjustment of the working environment in the laboratory on special requirements.

December 2, 2011: Jonas Sander receives GDCh prize
Jonas Sander, undergraduate of Ass. Prof. Kohlmann's working group, is awardee of one of the GDCh-Prizes for the best course achievement, which was handed over during the graduation ceremony.

November 25, 2011: Christmas lecture 2011 cancelled
The Christmas lecture was cancelled due to delays in construction works in the laboratory for the experimental chemistry lectures.

October 19, 2011: Lecture series "Chemie - nichts geht ohne sie!" starts
This lecture series within the framework of the International Year of Chemistry is to raise the public's awareness of chemistry's variety. The chemistry and pharmacy professors of the Saarland University are presenting the fascination of their field in 15 generally understandable lectures, starting on 19th October. For further information see The lecture series is coordinated by Prof. Kickelbick.

July 1, 2011: Saarland University participates in a BMWi project about nuclear waste disposal research
The search for a repository to store high-level radioactive waste for a very long time of over 100,000 years is one of the most urgent tasks facing scientists and politicians today. In the framework of joint projects analytical methods like sorption/desorption or migration experiments for radionuclides and other toxic metals as well as specially developed analytical tools as for example 2D-NMR or CE-ICP-MS hyphenation are utilised to study the mobility of radioactive heavy metals in a potential host rock material (e.g. clay or salt). The findings of this research are very important in the context of a long time risk assessment of a future disposal site for high level radioactive waste. The Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology (BMWi) financially supports the research project at Saarland University for three more years with 583,000 euro. Since August 2006, over 1.27 million euros of third-party funds could be acquired by PD Dr. Ralf Kautenburger, Prof. Dr. H.P. Beck und Prof. Dr. G. Kickelbick, scientists belonging to the Chemistry Department.

July 1, 2011: DFG grants project of chemists and engineers about self healing nanocomposites
The research groups of Prof. Wenz, Prof. Stommel and Prof Kickelbick investigate in a joint project within the framework of the DFG priority program "Design and Generic Principles of Self-healing Materials" (DFG SPP 1568) the possibilities to use nanocomposites on the basis of cellulose and inorganic nanoparticles as self-healing materials. This means that, e.g. scratches in the polymeric material can be stopped and healed by thermoreversible crosslinking.

July 1, 2011: New X-ray powder diffractometer granted
A new high-capacity powder diffractometer was granted. The device is sponsored by federal funds and the university's research equipment program (Art. 91b GG).The theta-theta-diffractometer is equipped with a fast 1D-detector. Routine scans may be taken on series of polycrystalline samples, supported by an automatic sample changer. Even samples sensitive to air may be measured, using a special sample holder with a protective dom. Flat samples as well as capillary samples may be heated up to 1000°C or above during a measurement.

June 18, 2011: Chemistry Show at Open Day 2011
Prof. Guido Kickelbick and Andreas Adolf presented a chemistry show at this year's university open house. Topic: "Magic of Chemistry - magical experiments in Chemistry".

May 25, 2011: First meeting of PhD student from the interdisciplinary graduation programme "SYCMA"
The structured PhD program provides an interdisciplinary insight into different ways of thinking of the single research fields for Chemistry and Materials Science PhD students by joint events and research projects. The participants of the graduate school are to broaden their horizon and to develop new interdisciplinary project proposals by communicating with other PhD students in an academic debate culture. The program is coordinated by Prof. Kickelbick. For further information see SYCMA-homepage :

May 10, 2011: Florian Wisser receives GDCh prize
Florian Wisser, undergraduate of Prof. Kickelbick's  working group, is awardee of one of the GDCh-Prizes for the best course achievement, which was handed over during the graduation ceremony.

April 26, 2011: Prof. Guido Kickelbick and PD Holger Kohlmann participate in the "Rent a Prof" programme
The program "Rent a Prof" of the University's Chemistry Department offers school visits and lectures on different Chemistry topics in order to illustrate the significance of Chemistry in everyday life. Some examples of our participation are topics like "Chemists as Architects for New High-Tech Materials" and "Symmetry of Chemistry - from Structures to Properties".





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    December 16, 2010: Christmas Lecture "Feuer und Eis" 
    Everybody interested in chemistry was invited for this year's Christmas lecture. In a fully occupied auditorium, spectacular experiments on the subject of fire and ice were shown.

    November 1, 2010: Patrick Wenderoth receives PhD student stipendium
    Patrick Wenderoth, undergraduate of PD Kohlmann’s working group, is holding a 2-year-graduation-scholarship in line with the ‘Landesgraduiertenförderungsgesetz’.

    October 22, 2010: Group organises PhD student day 2010
    This years's "Doktorandentag" of the Chemistry department was organised by the institute of Inorganic Solid State Chemistry. Professors, students, industrial cooperation partners and everybody else interested was invited.This event is organised by Ph.D. students on their own authority. In the course of the day, lectures and posters on different research topics of the Ph.D. students in Chemistry were presented providing an overview of the different chemical research facilities. In particular bachelor students had the possibility to gain information on possible topics for their bachelor thesis. In guest lectures, Dr. Theo Jäger presented the University GradUs-programme and Prof. Dr. Guido Kickelbick reported on alternatives to an industrial career in his lecture: "Mad Scientists - Attractiveness of an academic career in science".

    October 21, 2010: New thermo analytical device installed
    Our institute has gained a valuable asset for the coupling of thermal gravimetry and infrared spectroscopy: The new device allows to define the mass lost of a sample during the heating process and to analyse the evaporating gases by infrared spectroscopy. This facilitates the verification of chemical processes occuring with the heat ageing of samples. The equipment is to be used mainly in the field of nano particle surface functionalisation and nano composite construction.

    June 26, 2010: Group participates in Open Day 2010
    "Behind the scenes of a experimental show" was the topic of the division's participation at the Saarland University open house. The attendees were able to prepare under supervision chemical experiments in small working groups and to present these experiments in a small show to the audience.

    May 28, 2010: New thermal analytic device granted
    A new thermal gravimetry equipment coupled to a FT-IR spectrometer was approved in the funding scheme "State Major Instrumentation". With this
    equipment it will be possible to chemical analyze evolving gases during a thermal decomposition of a material.

    November 23, 2009: Inaugural lecture of Prof. Kickelbick 
    Mr. Kickelbick gave an insight in his research areas during his inaugural lecture. The title of the lecture was “Complex Materials from simple Building Blocks: Inorganic-Organic Hybrid Materials and Nanocomposites”. During a small receipt after the lecture there was the possibilty to get in contact with Mr. Kickelbick.

    November 15, 2009: New scientific equipment

    November 1, 2009: New DFG project
    New DFG research project “Mechanismen der Bildung metastabiler Hydride und Nitridemittels in situ-Neutronenbeugung von Fest-Gas-Reaktionen” (Kohlmann, Saarbrücken; Niewa, Stuttgart; Rosner, Dresden) within the scope of the programm “Kristalline Nichtgleichgewichtsphasen” under the direction of PD Dr. Holger Kohlmann

    July 20, 2009: Prof. Kickelbick new GDCh-Saar chairman
    Prof. Kickelbick was elected as the new chairman of the local unit of the German Chemical Society (GDCh) during a general meeting of the members. He is successor of Prof. Hempelmann.

    June 2, 2009: Commencement of duties for Professor Kickelbick
    The new holder of the professorship for Inorganic Solid State Chemistry, Prof. Dr. Gudio Kickelbick, takes office in Saarbrücken.