Dear Friends and Colleagues,
the GDCh division “Chemie und Energie” is inviting you to join us for the 2nd division meeting that will take place from
30. September until 2. October 2018 at the Max-Planck-Institut für Kohlenforschung in Mülheim an der Ruhr.
The division was founded in 2016 after years as a working group within the GDCh. Since then we have started a new series of meetings with the first one taken place in 2016 at the University Jena organized by Philip Adelhelm. Since the meetings in the odd numbered years are connected to the Wissenschaftsforum of the GDCh we are now approaching the 2nd meeting of the division.
Chemistry is an essential part of the energy transition be it in regard to new materials for solar cells, innovative ideas for energy storage, chemical transformation of targeted hydrocarbon materials or many, many different other subjects. The division considers itself as a forum between academic research and industrial implementation, a get-together between what can be and what is.
We will put together an interesting program and ask for contributions from everyone who is interested in the border area between chemistry and energy. You are welcomed to join us in the discussion on important future topics regarding the energy supply.
Fascinating scientists have already agreed to participate. Ferdi Schüth (MPI für Kohlenforschung), Stefan Kaskel (TU Dresden), Uwe Schröder (TU Braunschweig) have agreed to join us from academic groups. Reinhold Achatz from ThyssenKrupp will join us from the industrial side. In addition, 2018 will mark the end of coal production in Germany, and the last coal mines in the Ruhrgebiet area will cease operation at the end of the year. This will finalize an industrial era that lead to prosperity in one of Germany’s most industrialized regions. Industrial development in the region has long been moving on to other types of industries, but still the coal and steel production was vital in formation of the whole area and its people. To look back on more than 150 years of industrial coal mining we will have a historical perspective from Franz-Josef Brüggemeier (Univ. Freiburg).
Mülheim is an innovative center of energy research, with a newly established Max-Planck-Institute for Energy Conversion on the campus, many groups working on related topics at nearby universities and research institutes. We invite everybody interested in the topic to join us for interesting and innovative discussions.