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.


Invitation to Online-Kolloquia on Mo. 17.05.2020, 4.15 pm

Mr. Professor Professor Prof. Robert Berger (Philipps-Universität Marburg) gives a talk about "Small molecules as probes for fundamental physics". Paricipation with zoom under https://uni-leipzig.zoom.us/j/66352319497?pwd=MFdGNXlzd3gxWVVxcnZSVkEwMEFGUT09

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last modified: 04.05.2021

Mailing Address

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

Managing Director

Prof. Dr. Reinhard Denecke



Wilhelm-Ostwald-Institut for Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
Sekretary Office
Sandy Ehlers
Linnestrasse 2
D-04103 Leipzig

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

Web Master
Dr. Matthias Kudra