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Funding for Innovative Teaching Project in Electrochemistry

Chemnitz University of Technology successful in competitive funding program of the Chemical Industry Fund for the establishment of new teaching methods in chemistry studies - lighthouse teaching project in the field of sustainable energy supply and efficient use of resources receives funding of around 27,000 euros

Chemnitz University of Technology is one of twelve German universities and five colleges to receive funding from the Chemical Industry Fund for innovative teaching projects this year. The 27,000 euro funding will begin on October 10, 2022. The successful application included Prof. Dr. Karin Leistner, head of the Professorship of Electrochemical Sensors and Energy Storage, Prof. Dr. Johannes Teichert, head of the Professorship of Organic Chemistry, and Prof. Dr. Robert Kretschmer, head of the Professorship of Inorganic Chemistry at Chemnitz University of Technology.

The participants will use the funds raised to carry out the teaching project "Redesign of basic and advanced practical courses in the field of electrochemistry". This project focuses on a comprehensive understanding and practical application of current electrochemical processes. The funds will be used to improve education by modernizing laboratory trainings and establishing new teaching methods.

"Electrochemistry-based technologies such as batteries, fuel cells, and electrolysis-based hydrogen production are critical for long-term energy supply and climate neutrality. To fully realize the enormous potential of these technologies, a thorough understanding of the underlying electrochemical mechanisms is required. Electrochemistry is thus an essential component of future-oriented STEM studies. This is where our funded teaching project at Chemnitz University of Technology's Institute of Chemistry will make a significant contribution,” Prof. Dr. Karin Leistner emphasizes.

In practice, this means that current electrochemistry teaching content will be linked in an interdisciplinary manner in the fields of physical, inorganic, and organic chemistry. The professorships involved will redesign their laboratory trainings, such as those in battery materials, fuel cells, and hydrogen storage. Furthermore, topic blocks on organic electrochemistry and spectro-electrochemistry will be strengthened in the classroom. This includes the development of new modules like Electrochemical Energy Storage, Modern Synthesis Methods, and Photocatalysis. This will benefit teaching in the bachelor's and master's degree programs in Chemistry, as well as the master's degree program in Advanced Functional Materials.

For further information, please contact Prof. Dr. Karin Leistner, tel. +49 371 531-36463, e-mail karin.leistner@chemie.tu-chemnitz.de.

Matthias Fejes

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