27. Februar - 01. März 2024

Im Rahmen des FENABIUM II Verbundprojekts (gefördert vom Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung BMBF, Förderbereich/-maßnahme: Nukleare Sicherheitsforschung und Strahlenforschung) richten die Arbeitsgruppen Weigand und  Kersting im Februar 2024 die FENABIUM II Spring School - The Chemistry of f-Elements aus.

About the Spring School:

Understanding the complex chemistry of f-elements is important in various applications and is rather unexplored compared to transition metals. However, the electronic and chemical properties of these metals portend unusual chemistry: high Lewis acidity, very large ionic radii and large, flexible coordination geometries, generally labile and polar metal–ligand bonding, predominantly fixed oxidation states, with interesting exceptions, and many oxidation states having unpaired f-electrons. Apart from spent nuclear fuel processing, waste disposal, and environmental monitoring to prevent the release and migration of these metal ions, the electronic structure of coordination compounds and their resulting properties are modern aspects of f-element chemistry. Applications not only limited to small molecule activation and single molecule magnets, result from the specific properties of these metals and may lead to advance application in the modern society.


Within the Spring School, national and international renowned researchers will introduce interested students to f-element chemistry at the current level. The School focuses on the following aspects: Analytical methods, separation and extraction, coordination chemistry of f-elements, and interaction of radionuclides with biological systems. Special focus is paid on the general theory of the coordination chemistry of 4f and 5f metal ions in the liquid and solid state but also in biological environments. The school will also focus on modern analytical methods to determine the composition, stability and electronic structures of coordination compounds of the f-elements. Further, novel principles of interpretation coordination compounds including a series of interactions and their mutual influence such as complex formation, co-coordination, solvation, and self-organization process will be addressed.


The International Spring School is organised by Prof. Jan J. Weigand, Dr. Marco Wenzel (Faculty of Chemistry and Food Chemistry, Chair of Inorganic Molecular Chemistry, TU Dresden) and Prof. Kersting (Institute of Inorganic Chemistry, University of Leipzig). The school aims at PhD students and postdocs in all covered fields and takes place from February 27th to March 1st 2024 at the Michaelis Hotel, Leipzig, in Germany.



Please apply via mail before January 30th 2024.

Please provide the following details with your application:

Name, Given Name, Date of birth, Address, Institution, Occupation.

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