Prof. Dr. Richard Dronskowski
Chair of Solid-state and Quantum Chemistry
There is an ancient joke: university life would be great without those students! What a plain nonsense that really is. Seriously, teaching is an extremely important part of our work and, given the right conditions, teaching may turn out as the most enjoyable duty of academic life, both for the students as well as for the professor. As this chair is part of the Institute of Inorganic Chemistry which is heavily involved in teaching, it also faces an exceptionally large teaching duty, with about 1,500 freshmen students every year, of which about 10% are chemists. The majority, however, comes from other faculties such as mechanical engineering, physics, biology, and so forth.
If you wish to do your research internship ("Forschungspraktikum") in our group (either dealing with solid-state or quantum chemistry), you are very much welcome to visit our laboratories and talk to our coworkers enjoying their lives while working on their diploma theses and dissertations. You can also write an e-mail to Professor Dronskowski.
For further information about exams and research internships, please visit the website of Geschäftszimmer Chemie.
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Describing solid-state materials with computational and theoretical models is now an important technique for solid-state chemists that makes it possible to gain insights into electronic and magnetic structure, as well as chemical bonding. In addition, chemists are now able to make predictions about materials that have yet to be synthesized, such that systematic and successful syntheses of new materials with specific properties and attributes are possible.
Review of the above book at Angewandte Chemie International Edition
Review of the above book at Chromatographia
Review of the above book at the Journal of the American Chemical Society
Review of the above book at Applied Organometallic Chemistry
Order your personal copy from Amazon (Euro 99) or directly from the author at the Institute of Inorganic Chemistry (with a gorgeous 30% discount, that is, Euro 70 in cash)
The auditorium AOC, the largest lecture hall of the Aachen chemistry division, offers more than 500 seats, and this auditorium in our own institute is perfectly equipped for experimental lectures. We also use this lecture hall for written exams.
The smaller auditorium AC has 100 seats. Lectures for advanced students and various colloquia are typically held here.
This is the largest (therefore Auditorium Maximum = Audimax) lecture hall of RWTH, and it is needed whenever a very large number of people (for example, students of mechanical engineering) have to be taught General Chemistry. Despite the fact that it is not equipped for experiments, we manage to show a few exciting chemical experiments, no matter what.
Chemistry is a strongly experimental science, yes it is. (Let's forget about theoretical chemistry for a while.) All chemistry students have to go through a multitude of practical courses to become "masters of matter". It may be tough, agreed, but someone should know how to handle chemicals, right? (Don't ask the physicists or biologists if you want to stay alive...) The figure shows how the laboratory for advanced inorganic chemistry looks like.
Computer (CIP) Pool
The computer room provides advanced chemistry students with an internet-connected workplace. We also offer many chemistry-related computer programs such that this room may be used for ("hands-on") exercises, for example molecular dynamics (MD) simulations or electronic-structure (LMTO) calculations and, also, for general-purpose computer courses to train our coworkers. As operating systems, we have commited ourselves to Linux and Windows 2000. Please ask Dr. Eck if you need an account.