News - Archive

10.12.2021 | Kekulé Fellowship by the Fonds of the Chemical Industry awarded to Anna-Lena Thömmes

Congratulations to @ALThoemmes, the carnival enthusiast @scheschkewitz group, for the award of a Kekulé Fellowship by the Fonds of the Chemical Industry @chemieverband. Well done, Anna-Lena!

She will be continuing her research on Ge=Ge polymers https//:

27.08.2021 | Chemistry Week for 30 high school students

Chemistry Week for 30 high school students with Prof. M. Gallei (Organic Chemistry), C. Kay (Physical- and Didactics of Chemistry), D. Munz (Inorganic Chemistry) and PhD students. It was a lot of fun for us, see you hopefully again! Further informations can be found  here.


28.07.2021 | Zwitterions: new solutions for grand challanges?

The Munz groups presents a concept article in Nature Chemistry Reviews, which illustrates how zwitterions are of use in photochemistry (OLEDs, solar cells), catalysis (dihydrogen), and switchable materials in sensors. New solutions for grand challenges? For further informations see  here.


27.07.2021 | The Department of Chemistry mourns the death of Prof. Dr. Horst Wagner

On July 27nd, 2021 our esteemed colleague Prof. Dr. Horst Wagner (1935-2021) passed away.  An obituary (in German).


21.02.2021 | The Department of Chemistry mourns the death of Prof. Dr. Heinz Dürr

On February 21st, 2021 our esteemed colleague Prof. Dr. Heinz Dürr (1934 - 2021) passed away. An obituary (in German).


01.02.2021 | New X-ray diffraction service center provides insight into the inner structure of compounds

The X-ray Diffraction Service Center is well equipped. Two single crystal diffractometers allow structure evaluation of solid-state and molecular crystals. With the four powder diffractometers of the service center, crystalline powder samples can be investigated. Using special measuring devices, it is also possible to study air-sensitive samples, samples up to 1200 °C, and samples under different gas atmospheres during the reaction. The establishment of the X-ray diffraction service center is a joint initiative of Inorganic Chemistry and Saarland University, which - with financial support from the state and federal governments - is intended to benefit regional industrial companies in addition to use in research and teaching. Dr. Bernd Morgenstern (single crystal diffraction) and Dr. Oliver Janka (powder diffraction) are responsible for the scientific supervision of the equipment and user requests. Press release.



14.01.2021 | The Department of Chemistry mourns the death of Prof. Dr. Ludwig Heck

On January 14th, 2021 our esteemed colleague Prof. Dr. Ludwig Heck (1930-2021) passed away. An obituary (in German).

20.11.2020 | Farewell Dr. Volker Huch

Dr. Volker Huch will retire. For several decades he was responsible as a scientist for supporting the working groups in chemistry and, in addition, other disciplines for the single crystal X-ray analysis. In a small gathering, the professors of inorganic chemistry honored Dr. Huch's contributions to research and teaching.



3.11.2020 | Department of Chemistry receives funding for student internships on the subject of sustainability

How can we improve synthetic routes for compounds so that they require less energy and produce less waste? Chemistry students at Saarland University will deal with these questions in various lab courses in the future. In a competition organized by the Fund of the Chemical Industry, the Department of Chemistry suceeded with an application based on new teaching conceps on sustainability in chemistry studies. The new elements in the lab courses will be funded with over 20,000 euros.


23.10.2020 | Prof. Peter Huy finishes his habilitation

Peter Huy now holds a professorship in organic chemistry at the University of Rostock.


01.10.2020 | 1.5 million Euro EU funding for the research group of Prof. Munz

The Department of Chemistry and Saarland University congratulate Prof. Dominik Munz  Prof. Dominik Munz (Coordination Chemistry) for a prestigious ERC Starting Grant of 1.5 million Euros.  Within the scope of the project "PUSH-IT. Charge Separation - A General Motif for the Activation and Catalytic Functionalization of Strong Bonds" new reaction concepts are to be developed over the next 5 years, which will enable new desired reactions and innovative ways for sustainable energy conversion and storage.



28.09.2020 | Dr. Till Biskup is appointed by the dean as private lecturer for physical chemistry

08.07.2020 | Alexander Titz started as a new professor of Organic and Pharmaceutical Chemistry and at the Helmholtz Institute for Pharmaceutical Research Saarland (HIPS)

The Department of Chemistry welcomes Dr. phil. Alexander Titz as a new professor for Organic and Pharmaceutical Chemistry. His scientific focus is on the synthetic development of novel drug candidates and diagnostics for bacterial infections. Further foci of his work are the biochemical characterization of previously unknown bacterial lectins, i.e. carbohydrate-binding proteins, and the microbiological investigation of their role in mechanisms of infections. The professorship will bridge the gap between the departments of Chemistry, Pharmacy and the Faculty of Medicine at Saarland University within the NanoBioMed focus of Saarland University and the non-university research at HIPS. It is jointly supported by Saarland University and HIPS, a site of the Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research, and funded by the German Center for Infection Research (DZIF).


19.05.2020 | The Department of Chemistry mourns the death of PD Dr. Harald Natter

An obituary (German only)


01.04.2020 | Dominik Munz is new professor for Coordination Chemistry

Good news despite university closure: Dominik Munz, previously junior research group leader at the Friedrich-Alexander University of Erlangen, will take over the professorship for coordination chemistry in the Department of Inorganic Chemistry on April 1, 2020. His scientific focus lies at the interface of inorganic, physical and organic chemistry. In doing so, he aims to make contributions to the understanding of unusual chemical bonds and discover new switchable materials for use in solar cells, microscopes or transistors. He will also focus on teaching and the individual promotion of young scientists.