What can chemistry contribute to the energy supply of the future?
Second day of the GDCh Science Forum Chemistry 2021 focuses on chemical energy research
How smoothly the necessary energy transition will succeed depends heavily on current advances in chemical energy research. For this reason, the German Chemical Society (GDCh) is focusing on chemistry’s contributions to the energy supply of the future on the second day of the GDCh Science Forum Chemistry (WiFo) on August 31, 2021. In addition to a plenary symposium entitled „Chemistry for Future Energy Solutions“ with prominent speakers other sessions will revolve around various aspects related to energy storage and conversion. In addition, the GDCh will award Professor Dr. Stefanie Dehnen, Philipps University Marburg, the Alfred Stock Memorial Prize for her work in the field of cluster chemistry.
What can chemistry contribute to tomorrow’s energy supply? Professor Dr. Ferdi Schüth, Max-Planck-Institut für Kohlenforschung, Mülheim a. d. R.., Professor Dr. Bettina V. Lotsch, Max Planck Institute for Solid State Research, Stuttgart, and Dr. Thomas Haas, Evonik, Marl, will examine this question from different perspectives in the plenary symposium. Together with the plenum, they will venture a look into the future and show what contribution chemical energy research is already making and what is still to come. Among other things, they will discuss the role of chemistry (for example, with hydrogen as an energy carrier) in future energy systems and how to bridge the gap between energy conversion and storage in two-dimensional molecular scaffolds. Another topic is artificial photosynthesis, i.e. how carbon dioxide (CO2) can be converted into glucose or specialty chemicals with the help of electricity from renewable sources and bacteria.
Directly after the plenary symposium, the GDCh will award the Alfred Stock Memorial Prize to Professor Dr. Stefanie Dehnen, Philipps University Marburg. The prize, which is endowed with 7500 euros, is presented to chemists for outstanding scientific work in the field of inorganic chemistry. Stefanie Dehnen receives the award for her research on cluster chemistry. In particular, the GDCh honors her work in the field of synthesis, structure elucidation and application of innovative heteronuclear cluster and network compounds, which either consist of purely inorganic components or represent inorganic-organic hybrid compounds.
Stefanie Dehnen completed her chemistry studies in 1996 at the University of Karlsruhe (KIT) with her PhD. After postdoctoral studies, she habilitated in 2004 in the field of inorganic chemistry. Since 2006, she has been a professor of inorganic chemistry at Philipps-Universität Marburg and at the Scientific Center for Materials Science, which she chaired as executive director from 2012 to 2014. She is currently the Chair of the Wöhler Association for Inorganic Chemistry within the GDCh and Vice President of the GDCh since 2020.
Further sessions will focus on research results from various fields of chemistry. Besides lectures on energy storage and conversion, which complement the plenary symposium, the program includes topics such as fluorine chemistry and other contributions from organic and inorganic chemistry. In addition, the Senior Expert Chemists (SEC) will present an exciting session under the motto „No fun without chemistry“, the division Chemists in Civil Service will report on „Application-safe substances and materials“, and young scientists will present their research in the session „Young Chemists – The Collective“.
The job fair on August 31 with an additional program from August 30 to September 1 is also aimed at people looking to start a career or make a change. While on Monday the focus will be on careers in industry and career coaching for academic careers, on Tuesday the focus will be on careers in the public sector. On Wednesday, a lecture in cooperation with the VAA (Association of Employed Academics and Executives in the Chemical Industry) will be dealing with the legal fundamentals of employment contracts. There will be an opportunity on all three days to exchange views with experts and clarify open questions at a Meet & Mingle table during the lunch break.
Further information on the conference is available at www.wifo2021.de
The GDCh Scientific Forum on Chemistry (WiFo) – in a nutshell
The GDCh Science Forum Chemistry 2021 will take place online under the slogan „Chemists create solutions“ from August 29 to September 1. Participants can expect a varied program of plenary lectures, main symposia, a poster session and an industrial exhibition. Numerous prestigious awards will also be presented. Registration will be open from May 25 at www.wifo2021.de.
With around 30,000 members, the German Chemical Society (GDCh) is one of the largest chemical scientific societies in the world. Every two years, it organizes the GDCh Science Forum Chemistry at alternating locations in Germany – this year online for the first time. To this most important German chemistry congress, the GDCh also invites international scientists of distinction to give lectures.