2010 Trends in Physical Chemistry

2010 Trends in Physical Chemistry

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Nachrichten aus der Chemie (the membership magazine of the GDCh) annually publishes trend reports in which authors spot and compile an overview of inspiring work and recent trends in the most important chemical disciplines.

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Physical Chemistry 2010

  • For the biological functioning of proteins in aqueous environments, not only the immediate hydrate envelopes are the decisive factor but the whole network of hydrogen bridge bonds. Terahertz spectroscopy visualizes the dynamic response of this network.
    Martina Havenith
  • Electromobility is a hot topic in the automobile sector. There is, however, a need for developments regarding energy storage to fulfill the ambitions. The lithium ion battery is seen as the most promising storage medium.
    Wolfgang Märkle

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Martina Havenith-Newen, born 1963, studied  physics between 1981 and 1987 and up to prediploma mathematics in Bonn, Germany. She also did her PhD there in 1990 following research periods in Berkeley, USA, and Nimwegen, The Netherlands. Subsequently she was a research assistant at the Institute of Applied Physics of the University of Bonn, before taking up a position in Bochum, Germany, in 1998.

Her key activities are high-resolution spectroscopy with modern laser methods, interface chemistry, tetrahertz investigations of biomolecules and proteins to investigate their solvation dynamics, as well as infrared and near-field microscopy.

Wolfgang Märkle
, born 1974, studied chemistry at the University of Tübingen, Germany, and did his PhD in 2004 with Bernd Speiser. Following a post-doc period at the Research Center Jülich, Germany, he has been active since 2007 as a researcher and since 2010 as project leader “electrodes and cells” in the section of Petr Novák at the Paul-Scherrer-Institut in Villigen, Switzerland.

His key activities involve the use of carbohydrates for lithium ion batteries.


THz-Spectroscopy and Solvation Dynamics

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Lithium Ion Batteries for Vehicles

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