14.05.2024 | Saarbrücken chemists produce molecule for the first time that has been predicted for 20 years

The Schäfer working group reports on a heterobimetallic dimetallocene in Nature Chemistry. Such a molecule has been predicted by theorists for around 20 years and has now been isolated for the first time.

13.03.2024 | 'Landesrunde' of "Chemie - die stimmt!" in Saarbrücken, this time at the HTW

"Chemie - die stimmt!" is the "small Chemistry Olympiad" for pupils in years 9 and 10 (in Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt and Thuringia also year 8; On 13 March 2024, the Saar/Palatinate state round will take place for the seventh time in Saarbrücken. In the morning, the participating pupils will complete an exam on site with tricky tasks from all areas of chemistry. Afterwards, they have lunch together in the canteen and in the afternoon they have the opportunity to listen to a student-orientated lecture on exciting chemistry topics. In the meantime, the supervising teachers correct the exam tasks and then the award ceremony takes place. The three best students in each year group receive a certificate, an invitation to the regional round of the competition and book prizes - chemistry textbooks, of course! 

Until 2023, this event was organised by Prof. Dr Johann Jauch at the UdS. After Prof. Dr Timo Gehring from HTW, a former Chemistry Olympian, joined the organising team in 2023, it was agreed that the Saar/Palatinate state round would be held alternately at UdS and HTW. Last year, the event took place at the UdS and Prof Gering gave the lecture for the students. This year, Prof Gehring will be responsible for organising the event, so Prof Jauch will give a lecture for the participants. His lecture entitled "What's that smell?" will deal with the chemistry of the sense of smell and odorants from "aaahhh" to "iiiihhhh", naturally with corresponding "samples". But thioacetone will not be there



07.11.2023 | School excursion

On Tuesday 7th November, we welcomed the 10th classes (135 pupils) from the Gymnasium am Stefansberg in Merzig.  There were programme items from the student council with nitrogen ice cream, laboratory tours in physics (GOFEX), coordination chemistry and the INM, and specialist lectures by Alexander Titz & Daniel Krug (HIPS) and David Schaaf (PC-DC).  The experimental lecture with Thomas John (physics), Dominik Munz (coordination chemistry) and the stars Britta Schreiber (glass workshop) and Andreas Adolf (experiments) was particularly enjoyable.  Hope to see you soon - come and study chemistry (or physics) with us!



20.10.2023 | Chemistry Department Celebrates Chemistry Day

The Department of Chemistry celebrated its 75th anniversary and the reopening of the renovated lecture hall building C4 3. In addition to guided tours of the building, the program included a ceremonial meeting with the handover of keys and the presentation of the scientific topics of the working groups. The keynote speech was given by Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Markus Antonietti (Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces) on the topic "A new chemistry lays the foundations for a circular economy and global sustainability". As a special highlight in the foyer of the chemistry lecture hall building, an interactive periodic table of the chemical elements was ceremoniously unveiled. The day was completed by a reception for all guests.



07.10.2023 | Chemists from Saarbrücken and San Diego describe new carbon molecule in Nature

The Munz working group, together with partners from the University of California, San Diego, reports on a bisoxidised carbene.  The target molecule formally has 4 valence electrons on one carbon atom, and thus represents a previously unknown class of carbon molecules.  The study was published in the journal Nature and discussed on Deutschlandfunk. To the press release of Saarland University.



08.06.2024 | Open Day

This year's Saarland University Open Day will take place on Saturday, 8 June 2024. The Department of Chemistry will also be opening its doors and inviting visitors between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. for information on studying, hands-on labs and scientific lectures on current topics. You can find more information about the programme on the Saarland University website. We look forward to your visit!


GDCh Colloquium in Summer Term 2024

The Saar chapter of the GDCh invites you to exciting lectures in the summer term 2024. The lectures take place on Mondays from 5:15 p.m. in the large lecture hall of the Chemistry Department (Building C4 3). Please see the announcement for the exact dates.