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Division of Physical Chemistry

Physical chemistry is quantitative chemistry and is active at the
overlap of physics, biology, medizine and chemistry.

It is one of the traditional sub-disciplines of chemistry and is concerned with the application of the concepts and theories of physics to the analysis of the chemical properties and reactive behaviour of matter.


The EuChemS Division of Physical Chemistry
coordinates European activities in the field of Physical Chemistry regarding:

  • Scientific Exchange including conferences and workshops
  • Research including Interdisciplinary work
  • Education

Division Chair, Co-Chair, Treasurer, and Steering Committee (Term: 2018-2020)


Division Chair:

Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Kautek

University of Vienna, Department of Physical Chemistry, Währinger Strasse 42, A-1090 Vienna, Austria

Telephone: +43 664 8175230

Email: wolfgang.kautek[at]univie.ac.at




Prof. Dr. Eckart Rühl

Freie Universität Berlin, Physical Chemistry, Takustrasse 3, D-14195 Berlin, Germany

Email: ruehl[at]zedat.fu-berlin.de




Prof. Dr. Gyözö G. Láng

Eötvös Loránd University, Department of Physical Chemistry, Pázmány Péter sétány 1/A, H-1117 Budapest, Hungary

Email: langgyg[at]chem.elte.hu



Steering Committee:

Prof. Dr. Katharina Al-Shamery, University of Oldenburg, D


Prof. Dr. Stefan Willitsch, University of Basel, CH


Prof. Dr. Claire Vallance, University of Oxford, GB


Prof. Dr. Benjamin Dietzek, University of Jena, D


Dr. Carole Duboc, University Grenoble Alpes, F


Prof. Dr. Günther Grampp, University of Graz, A


Prof. Dr. Lindholm-Sethson, University of Umea, S


Prof. Dr. Giovanni Marletta, University of Catania, I



Country First name Last name Email EuCheMS Member Society
A Wolfgang Kautek wolfgang.kautek[at]univie.ac.at Gesellschaft Österreichischer Chemiker (GÖCH)
CY Epameinondas Leontidis psleon[at]ucy.ac.cy Pancyprian Union of Chemists
CZ NN NN Ceská spolecnost Chemická
F Sylvie Choua sylvie.choua[at]unistra.fr Société Chimique de France
D Katharina Al-Shamery katharina.al.shamery[at]uni-oldenburg.de Gesellschaft Deutscher Chemiker (GDCh)
D Eckart Rühl ruehl[at]zedat.fu-berlin.de Deutsche Bunsen-Gesellschaft für physikalische Chemie (DBG)
H Gyözö Lang langgyg[at]chem.elte.hu Magyar Kémikusok Egyesülete
IL Joshua Jortner jortner[at]post.tau.ac.il Israel Chemical Society (ICS)
I Giovanni Marletta gmarletta[at]unict.it Societa Chimica Italiana
NL Bert Weckhuisen B.M.Weckhuysen[at]uu.nl Koninklijke Nederlandse Chemische Vereniging (KNCV)
PL Krzysztof Winkler winkler[at]uwb.edu.pl Polskie Towarzystwo Chemiczne
P A.J.L. Pombeiro pombeiro[at]ist.utl.pt Portuguese Electrochemical Society
P Manuel Piedade mepiedade[at]fc.ul.pt Sociedade Portuguesa de Química
RSB Vera Dondur edondur[at]ffh.bg.ac.rs Serbian Chemical Society
SK Dusan Velic velic[at]ilc.sk Slovenská chemická spolocnost
SLO V. Vlachy vojko.vlachy[at]fkkt.uni-lj.si Slovensko Kemijsko Društvo
E Inaki Tunon Ignacio.Tunon[at]uv.es Real Sociedad Espanola de Quimica
E E. Jover Societat Catalana de Quimica
S Britta Lindholm-Sethson britta.sethson[at]chem.umu.se Svenska Kemistamfundet
CH Stefan Willitsch stefan.willitsch[at]unibas.ch Schweizerische Chemische Gesellschaft (SCG)
TR Sefik Suzer suzer[at]fen.bilkent.edu.tr Türkiye Kimya Dernegi
GB Claire Vallance claire.vallance[at]chem.ox.ac.uk Royal Society of Chemistry  (Faraday Division)
GR Ioannis Kapolos jkapolos[at]teikal.gr Greek Chemical Society
N Signe Kjelstrup signe.kjelstrup[at]ntnu.no Norvegian Chemical Society

Mission and Activtities

Mission of the EuCheMS Division of Physical Chemistry:

  • Coordination, initiation of vivid communication, and collaboration between the Divisions of Physical Chemistry of the respective European Chemical Societies.
  • Targeting cutting edge R&D-topics that can be best tackled by Physical Chemistry as e.g. energy conversion and storage, material resource saving chemical processes and manufacturing strategies.
  • Coordinating transdisciplinary research discussion where Physical Chemistry can play a pivotal role.
  • Quality assurance support of physical chemical education and teaching at European universities.
  • Scientific exchange particularly by conferences and workshops at budget-priced venues (e.g. the biannual EuChemS Physical Chemistry Conferences – ECPC).
  • Special attention to promotion of the careers of young scientists.
  • Bring academia, industry and decision-makers together.