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100 Years of Macromolecular Chemistry

On 28 and 29 September 2020, the conference of the German Chemical Society shows the effects of Hermann Staudinger's research today

Sep 18, 2020

Hermann Staudinger. Photo: ETH-Bibliothek Zürich, Bildarchiv/Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 3.0

100 years ago, the German chemistry professor Hermann Staudinger was the first to describe the then completely unknown substance class of macromolecules. To mark this anniversary, the Macromolecular Chemistry Section of the German Chemical Society (Gesellschaft Deutscher Chemiker, GDCh) is dedicating its conference on September 28 and 29, 2020.

On this occasion, Prof. Dr. Jürgen Rühe from the Cluster of Excellence "Living, Adaptive and Energy-autonomous Materials Systems" (livMatS) will give a lecture on how, based on Staudinger's research, life-like material systems are possible today and what special properties they possess. In addition, Prof. Dr. Rolf Mülhaupt, Institute for Macromolecular Chemistry of the University of Freiburg and Freiburg Materials Research Center, will report on Staudinger's visions of bio-inspired materials research, some of which is only now being consistently addressed. GDCh-President Prof. Dr. Peter R. Schreiner, Prof. Dr. Hans-Hochen Schiewer, Rector of the University of Freiburg, and Prof. Dr. Oliver Einsle, Dean of the Faculty of Chemistry at the University of Freiburg, will open the event with a welcoming address.

The lectures on September 28 at the Albert-Ludwigs-University of Freiburg will be broadcast live on the Internet. In further lectures, various working groups will present current research findings, for example on new possibilities for 3D printing and on mechanically resistant bio-nanocomposites made from naturally derived biopolymers. A digital poster conference will be held on Twitter on September 29.

Press release of the German Chemical Society

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