Prof. Siegfried Waldvogel moves to the Max Planck Society

Prof. Dr. Siegfried Waldvogel has been one of four directors of the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Energy Conversion in Mülheim/Ruhr (MPI CEC) since 1 December 2023.

In 2010, Prof Waldvogel accepted a W3 appointment at JGU and has consistently expanded his research group ever since. His work focuses on organic electrosynthesis, i.e., the use of electric current to generate new valuable chemical products directly.

The profound impact of his research is evident in numerous publications and patents, publicly funded research projects, collaborations with companies, and the creation of company spin-offs.

For this reason, it is only logical that Prof. Waldvogel has now accepted the call of the Max Planck Society and can, therefore, focus entirely on future research in this socially relevant field.

We are pleased to announce that the collaboration in a number of joint research projects will continue in the future. We thank Prof. Waldvogel for the numerous impulses he has given to the development of chemistry in Mainz and wish him every success in his new position.

Prof. Dr. C. Streb took over SusInnoScience´s speaker role.

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HALOCYCLES Symposium 2024

The first HALOCYCLES Symposium will take place in Mainz between 11-12. April 2024. This Carl Zeiss Stiftung funded project deals with the upcycling haloorganic compounds and materials, addressing many challenges of the 21st century. International guests and project members will present their work on this topic. 


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Siegfried R. Waldvogel Receives UNIPRENEURS Award

Prof. Dr. Siegfried R. Waldvogel, Professor at the Department of Chemistry at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU) and spokesperson of its Top-level Research Area "SusInnoScience" (Sustainable Chemistry as the Key to Innovation in Resource-efficient Science in the Anthropocene) and the BMBF Cluster4Future ETOS (Electrification of Technical Organic Syntheses) was honored yesterday by the Federal Minister of Education and Research, Bettina Stark-Watzinger, for founding his company ESy-Labs GmbH. At a ceremony in Berlin, Stark-Watzinger awarded him the title "UNIPRENEUR" of the initiative UNIPRENEURS. This is under the patronage of the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research and the German Federal Ministry of Economics and Climate Protection, cooperates with the Donors' Association for the Promotion of Sciences and Humanities in Germany and has the task of promoting entrepreneurship at German universities. "We want to strengthen the start-up scene at our universities. Professors play a central role in this. They make a significant contribution to the start-up culture at universities and are important drivers of Germany's innovative strength and future viability," says Stark-Watzinger. Prof. Dr. Siegfried R. Waldvogel is one of 20 professors who were honored yesterday as "UNIPRENEUR". Previously, 700 candidates had been nominated by company founders. The certificate is signed by Bettina Stark-Watzinger, Federal Minister of Education and Research, and Dr. Robert Habeck, Federal Minister of Economics and Climate Protection, each as patron.

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Sustainable recycling using electrochemistry: Carl Zeiss Foundation supports new research project

New Halocycles project aims to develop a halogen recovery technique contributing to the stabilization of the power grid and the defossilization of the future industrial society.

Increasing the recovery of valuable fossil raw materials, avoiding climate-damaging carbon dioxide emission, and stabilizing our energy supply network – these are the three major objectives of a new joint research project of Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU) and TU Kaiserslautern. With their pioneering concept, the two partners convinced the Carl Zeiss Foundation (CZS) to fund their project in its CZS Breakthroughs program with around EUR 4 million over the next six years. In the new Halocycles project, the researchers aim to develop an electrochemical technique to recover halogens – such as bromine, chlorine, and fluorine – from waste products. The carbon structure present in halogen compounds will be preserved in the process, thus preventing the corresponding emissions, while the flexibility of the technique will help contribute to the stabilizing of power grids.

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ETOS geht in die erste Umsetzungsphase!

We have made it! After a little more than 1 ½ years of conception and application phase, ETOS - Electrifying Technical Organic Syntheses was selected as one of seven Clusters4Future.

In a two-stage application process, JGU Mainz and KIT, headed by Prof. Dr. S. R. Waldvogel and Prof. Dr.-Ing. Ulrike Krewer, prevailed against 117 other applicants. The cluster will be funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research for up to nine years with a maximum of 45 million euros. In 2023, the first of up to three implementation phases will start.

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SusInnoScience at ACHEMA 2022

The Waldvogel Group will present its work at ACHEMA 2022. You will find us at the official booth of the state of Rhineland-Palatinate. On display will be exhibits on electrifying organic synthesis and resource-efficient chemistry. We look forward to seeing you there!

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