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Minerva’s Daughters
To start a career in natural sciences is a challenge for many. Are the subjects right for me? Would I not rather do something else? If you were born with a disability, it becomes even more challenging.
Call for Nominations
The Ernst Haage Prize has been honoring young talent in the German chemistry world for many years. The traditional award is now entering its next round. Nominations can be submitted until the end of May.


At the ACS Spring Meeting in New Orleans, Frank Neese, Director at the Max Planck Institut für Kohlenforschung, has now been honored with the ACS Award in Inorganic Chemistry. This is a very special honor for the theorist. 

Ferdi Schüth and his team have been studying the phenomena of mechanochemistry for several years. But what actually happens at the molecular level when two balls collide in a mill? The Mülheim scientists are now receiving around 2.5 million euros in ...

Dr. Özgül Agbaba is on the road to success with her start-up "MechSyn". The business idea is to implement mechanochemistry in industrial processes. Özgül Agbaba recently raised more than 1.26 million euros in funding for her young company. The team ...

A Bust for Benjamin List

March 18, 2024

The Max Planck Society honors all its Nobel Prize winners by having a bust set up in the General Administration building in Munich. Benjamin List, Director at the Max Planck Institut für Kohlenforschung, has now been awarded this honor.

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Selective and energy saving transformation of chemicals and natural products.
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Prof. Dr. Eric Jacobsen, Sheldon Emery Professor of Chemistry, Harvard University

Apr 15, 2024 04:00 PM - 05:00 PM (Local Time Germany)
Grand Lecture Hall

Girls' Day at the Institute

Apr 25, 2024 08:30 AM - 01:30 PM (Local Time Germany)
Max-Planck-Institut für Kohlenforschung, Lecture Hall Building, Entrance Lembkestraße 7, 45470 Mülheim an der Ruhr, Room: Small Lecture Hall

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Research and work
The focus of the research at the MPI für Kohlenforschung is on cutting edge topics in the field of chemical transformations. Cooperation of specialists in many areas is mandatory for maintaining a top level in our fundamental research, the ultimate goal of all research efforts at institute. You want to join our team? This is where you find information on our career opportunities.
Apprentice Program
The Max-Planck-Institut für Kohlenforschung provides apprenticeships for professional training in different disciplines. Technicians for chemical and physical laboratories as well as mechanics and office workers are educated according to highest standards. At present, about 30 apprentices ...

Job Offers

The new research program Fundamental Principles of Organic Reactivity founded by Dr. Guanqi Qiu is currently looking for a motivated Postdoc researcher (f/m/d) in the field of physical organic chemistry.

More job offers (only in German) can be found on our German website.

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