Information on the start of studies for Chemistry (Bachelor)

Here you will find an overview of all relevant information about the Bachelor's program in Chemistry before the start of studies as a fact sheet.


Information on the start of studies for the teaching profession in chemistry

Here you can find an overview of all relevant information about the study of chemistry as a teacher's certificate before the start of studies as a fact sheet.


Learning Platform Moodle

Here you can find more information about courses in physical chemistry and didactics of chemistry on the platform Moodle.


Courses in physical chemistry

PC01: Fundamentals of Physical Chemistry (WiSe)

The bachelor lecture "Fundamentals of Physical Chemistry" is designed to give you a first insight into one of the three major chemistry sub-disciplines, physical chemistry. In addition to content-related focal points such as spectroscopy and radioactivity, the focus is also on learning statistical and graphical evaluation methods. 

Since the use of computer programs is essential for the analysis of scientific data, you will learn programming with the MATLAB software to accompany the specialized topics.


PC02: Introduction to Classical Physical Chemistry (SoSe)

The Bachelor lecture "Introduction to Classical Physical Chemistry" teaches students the basics of thermodynamics, reaction kinetics and electrochemistry. The area of thermodynamics includes the description of ideal and real gases, the three main laws of thermodynamics and the description of thermodynamic potentials. In the area of kinetics, the elementary reaction steps, reaction orders and the temperature dependence of the reaction rate are dealt with. As basics of electrochemistry, electrode reactions, electrochemical cells and the Nernst equation are introduced.


PC03: Advanced Topics in Classical Physical Chemistry (WiSe)

In the Bachelor lecture "Advanced Topics in Classical Physical Chemistry" the contents of thermodynamics and reaction kinetics are further deepened. In the subsection thermodynamics, the laws of thermodynamics are applied to chemical reactions and the chemical potential, the description of multiphase systems and the colligative properties are dealt with. In the sub-course kinetics, the Maxwell-Boltzmann distribution, the kinetics of complex reactions, the Eyring theory and the influence of transport on chemical reactions are the subject of the lectures.

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PC06: Advanced Topics in Physical Chemistry (WiSe)

The master course PC06 (Advanced topics on physical chemistry) consists of three seminar parts followed by a practical course and an examination for each part. The three parts deal with current research topics of the three research groups Prof. Kay, Prof. Jung and Prof. Kraus. Prof. Kay discusses pulse EPR spectroscopy, Prof. Jung gives an introduction to single molecule spectroscopy, and Prof. Kraus discusses colloids and interfaces. 


PC07: Applications of EPR (WiSe)

In the lecture "Applications of EPR Spectroscopy", which is part of the master module PCVI, different applications of EPR spectroscopy are discussed based on publications and current research topics. In particular, inorganic and organic MASER (microwave amplification by stimulated emission of radiation), singlet fission and quantum electrodynamics play a role. 



PCG: Basic Practical Course in Physical Chemistry (WiSe)

In the "Basic Practical Course in Physical Chemistry" you will apply the topics learned in Physical Chemistry by means of one-day practical experiments. You will learn simple measurement methods from physical chemistry, evaluate the recorded measurement data with MATLAB and present them in lab protocols. A special focus is on the clean preparation of the lab reports.

Attention: Start already in September!

PCF: Advanced Physical Chemistry Lab (SoSe)

In the "Advanced Practical Course in Physical Chemistry" you will learn the basics of different spectroscopic methods. By measurements with modern spectroscopy equipment you will answer different questions and present and explain your results in detailed protocols. 


PCV: Advanced Practical Course in Physical Chemistry (WiSe, SoSe)

The module "PCV" for the Master's program consists of the lecture PC06 and a practical course. They deepen the basics of EPR spectroscopy known from the bachelor studies. Building on this, modern techniques such as pulsed EPR or time-resolved (transient) EPR on excited triplet states are introduced. In the associated practical course, you will directly implement the modern techniques in the laboratory.


An03: Introduction to Data Analysis and Analytival Methods (WiSe)

In the bachelor lecture "Introduction to Data Analysis and Analytical Methods" you will learn the basics of chromatography and mass spectrometry. Both methods will be deepened in the following practical courses. 


ANA BT: Practical Course Instrumental Analysis for Biotechnologists (SoSe)

In the "Practical Course Instrumental Analysis for Biotechnologists" you will analyze various organic compounds using state-of-the-art equipment. You will learn about their advantages and disadvantages as well as about the relevance of the methods from the different fields of application. 


SLa (Elective Bachelor, Module MBI) (WiSe, SoSe)

Further information will follow soon. 


Courses in the didactics of chemistry

SLa I & II: Special chapters for student teachers

In the seminar "Special Chapters of Chemistry for Student Teachers (SLa)" you will learn to independently approach a mostly previously unknown topic from chemistry and to reduce it didactically. For this purpose, you will give a lecture on a current topic from the subject science and explain how this topic can be treated in the classroom. In addition to the extended subject knowledge, you will learn how to give constructive feedback and how a good lecture should be designed and delivered in order to pass on knowledge confidently and efficiently.



FL (P): Research-based learning and experimentation, incl. internship

In the seminar "Research-based learning and experimentation" you will learn the basics of research-based learning. The focus is on student experiments and the implementation of differentiation and individualization possibilities. You will practice theoretically and practically how to deal with different forms of assistance and stumbling blocks for the students. In the associated internship, you will supervise student groups in the NanoBioLab student laboratory, among other things.


CFD & FGP: Chemical didactics and advanced practical course

In these two courses you will learn and deepen the basics of experimentation in theory & practice with a focus on student experiments (CFD) as well as teacher demonstration experiments (FGP). In addition, you will learn relevant aspects of chemistry lesson planning and the variations of performance assessment and use digital media to enrich your planning and implementation. Finally, you will test your skills of presenting with experiments in an experimental lecture.


ACE: Augmented Chemistry Education (elective)

In this elective seminar you will work independently or in a team on individual projects. The focus is on independent research and development of a topic. You have the choice to take this course with 2, 4 or 6 CP.


Media learning (compulsory elective)

More information coming soon. 


Information about the degree in Chemistry (Bachelor & Master)

Here you can find an overview of all relevant information about the degree in Bachelor and Master Chemistry as a fact sheet.


Information on the graduation in teaching chemistry

Here you can find an overview of all relevant information about the graduation in teaching chemistry as a fact sheet.


Chemistry trial study

For more information on the Chemistry Trial Program and impressions from 2021 and 2022, please click here. 

Voluntary Social Year in Physical Chemistry and Didactics of Chemistry (NanoBioLab)

Between A-levels and studies ...

You don't know exactly what you want to do after graduating from high school and you are thinking about studying or you don't want to start studying directly?

Then do a 'Voluntary Social Year' at Saarland University! 

You enjoy natural sciences, especially chemistry, and are interested in working with students?

Then do a FSJ in the working group of 'Physical Chemistry and Didactics of Chemistry/NanoBioLab'!

The target group for the allocation of the FSJ places are mainly high school graduates. This gives you the chance to get to know the university before you start your studies. As part of the working group, you can experience the university from a different perspective and look behind the scenes. You also have the opportunity to take a look at everyday university life and attend lectures.

The NanoBioLab is a school laboratory and belongs to the Saarland school laboratory network SaarLab. On Tuesdays and Thursdays you will supervise school classes together with teachers and students of chemistry. The goal of the school lab is to awaken the interest of students in science and especially in chemistry. As an FSJ you will be responsible for the preparation and post-processing of the NanoBioLab experiments, the maintenance of the experimental set-up and much more.  In addition, you can support the student teachers in their experiments during the lectures and assist colleagues of the PC/DC.

General info about the FSJ:

  • The FSJ is preferably given to high school graduates (under 26 years). Full-time compulsory education must be fulfilled.
  • The FSJ usually lasts 12 months, but can be shortened (e.g. due to the start of a university course) or extended to 18 months.
  • There is a monthly allowance, as well as entitlement to child benefit and social security coverage.
  • At the end of the FSJ, you will receive a work certificate and a certificate of participation and completion.
  • Various seminar days and weeks await you throughout the year (organized by the sponsor of the FSJ).

Your sponsor is the Competence Center for Voluntary Services, where you can also find more information about the FSJ: https://paritaet-freiwilligendienste.de/fsj/.

We are looking forward to your application! You can send your application by mail or by post to the following addresses. Please indicate "Physical chemistry (student lab "NanoBioLab")" in your application.

Postal address:

Universität des Saarlandes
Dezernat P - Personal
Standort Meerwiesertalweg
Postfach 15 11 50
66041 Saarbrücken


Julia Berg
Tel.: 0681 302 64351
E-Mail: fsj(at)univw.uni-saarland.de