Wilhelm-Ostwald-Institute for Physical and Theoretical Chemistry

Physical Chemistry in Leipzig and beyond is strongly connected with the name Wilhelm Ostwald. Together with Svante Arrhenius, Jacobus Henricus van’t Hoff and Walter Nernst he founded the field of Physical Chemistry. Since 1871 the Chair for Physical Chemistry existed in Leipzig – it was the first Chair for Physical Chemistry in Leipzig. Ostwald was awarded the Nobel Prize in 1909 for his groundbreaking work on reaction equilibria and –rates and its applications for catalysis. Currently research at the Wilhelm-Ostwald-Institute is connected to the faculty’s strategic fields materials, catalysis and energy.


On Monday 7.10.10 at 16:15 Prof. Prof. Andrey Lyalin, Institute for Chemical Reaction Design and Discovery (ICReDD), Hokkaido University, Sapporo, Japan speaks about "Theoretical approaches in nanocatalysis and materials design".
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"ACS Division of the Histories of Chemistry's Citation for Chemical Breakthrough Award" for the Wilhelm-Ostwald-Institute

Within the ceremony colloquium "Jubiläen der Chemie in Leipzig" on 2. November at 14:30 Uhr to 16:30 Uhr the institute get the price of the American Chemical Society for the paper: “Über die Reaktionsgeschwindigkeit bei der Inversion von Rohrzucker durch Säuren,” Zeitschrift für physikalische Chemie 1889, 4, 226-248. of S. Arrhenius. More Ceremony Colloquium



Understanding nanotechnology - students experiment at the University of Leipzig

Despite the high relevance to everyday life, the topics nano and nanotechnology are generally not given any place in Saxony's chemistry classroom, except for bionics. A cooperation between the Institute for Didactics of Chemistry and the Wilhelm Ostwald Institute for Physical Chemistry of the University of Leipzig provides a remedy and gives interested students a deeper insight into this topic. More

Workshop "Horizons in Cold Cluster Spectroscopy"
From 12/9-15/9/2017 the Asmis Work Group organises the "Horizons in Cold Cluster Spectroscopy" workshop, which is funded by the Wilhelm und Else Heraeus-Stiftung. It will take place in the Wilhelm-Ostwald Park in Großbothen.

New two-dimensional COF
In cooperation with scientists from Japan, UK and USA, scientists of the Heine group took part in the development and characterisation of a new two-dimensional COF succeeded. In this COF, carbon atoms are all sp2-hybridized and conjugated. The new material is a semiconductor and exhibits interesting magnetic properties.
E. Jin et al., Science 357 (2017), 673-676
Press Statement (German)

Noble Gases not so noble?
Scientists of the Wilhelm-Ostwald-Institute for Physical and Theoretical Chemistry of the University Leipzig have successfully bound the noble gases Krypton and Xenon to a electron-rich molecule in a gas-phase reaction, which contradicts chemical intuition. In cooperation with scientists from the US-based Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and the Universities of Bremen and Wuppertal, molecular reasons for this remarkable behaviour were found, using spectroscopical and quantum chemical methods. The results are presented in the title story of the latest edition of the high-impact journal 'Angewandte Chemie, International Edition'.
Press Statement (German)
Warnecke et al., Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2017, 56, 7980 (English Version)
Warnecke et al., Angew. Chem. 2017, 129, 8090 (German Version)
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last modified: 07.10.2019

Mailing Address

Wilhelm-Ostwald-Institute for Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
Linnéstr. 2
D-04103 Leipzig

Managing Director

Prof. Dr. Knut R. Asmis



Wilhelm-Ostwald-Institut for Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
Sekretary Office
K. Schleinitz
Linnestrasse 2
D-04103 Leipzig

Phone: 0341 97-36500
Fax: 0341 97-36399

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