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Division of Solid State and Materials Chemistry

Description/Mission statement

Solid state research is a combination of chemistry, physics, crystallography and engineering that aims at synthesis, design and evolution of solid functional materials with extended structures and interesting chemical or physical properties. As systems, this includes ceramics, heterogeneous catalysts, electrode and battery materials, semi- and superconductors, photocatalysts, sensors, pigments, luminescent substances and much more. Recently, especially materials for better energy efficiency are amongst the most investigated systems. Also, the question of resources and renewables has become prominent for materials research.

Solid materials are often inorganic chemicals (like oxides, silicates, halides, borides, intermetallics), but the methods and models that are used for characterization, analysis and description of the substances come from physical chemistry, physics or crystallography. Synthetic methods include molecular and ceramic routes. An increasing role must be attributed to theory both for prediction and understanding as well as for modelling and tuning of materials



Prof. J. Paul Attfield
Chair of Materials Science at Extreme Conditions
University of Edinburgh
Erskine Williamson Building
King’s Buildings
Mayfield Road

Vice-Chair and Treasurer

Prof. Dr. Hubert Huppertz
Institute of General, Inorganic and Theoretical Chemistry
Centre of Chemistry and Biomedicine (CCB)
Leopold-Franzens-University Innsbruck
Innrain 80-82
A-6020 Innsbruck
Tel.: +43 (0) 512 507 57000
Fax:  +43 (0) 512 507 57099


Prof. Olivier Mentré
Unité de catalyse et Chimie du Solide, UCCS UMR  8181
Univ. Lille, CNRS, Centrale Lille, ENSCL, Univ. Artois
59655 Villeneuve d’Ascq, France

Website manager


Prof. Andrei Shevelkov
Department of Chemistry
Lomonosov Moscow State University
Moscow 119991, Russia