Chemistry Diploma at TU Freiberg: First Graduate of Germany's Only Course of Studies Honoured

Prof. Jens Kortus with Daniel Steinbach
Daniel Steinbach is the first graduate of the diploma course in chemistry introduced in the winter semester 2015/16 at the TU Bergakademie Freiberg. He was awarded the Ferdinand Reich Prize at the Clemens-Winkler-Kolloquium on 24 October for his outstanding achievements in study and research.

A unique course of study in chemistry in Germany - this was also a reason for Daniel Steinbach to start his studies at the TU Bergakademie Freiberg six years ago: "I studied in Freiberg because good supervision in a university with a family environment and a technical or scientific focus was important to me. The change to the diploma course in chemistry enabled me to listen to a greater variety of modules in different specializations."

With his diploma thesis he finished his studies as the first graduate of the new diploma course in chemistry. His thesis dealt with electrochemical CO2 reduction in amine systems. Currently he is a PhD student at the Institute of Physical Chemistry where he is researching atomic force microscopy.

The Faculty of Chemistry and Physics awarded him the Ferdinand Reich Prize at the Clemens Winkler Colloquium for his outstanding achievements in study and research. The prize is named after Ferdinand Reich, the discoverer of indium, and is endowed with 500 euros.

Two chemical elements were discovered at the TU Bergakademie Freiberg: Indium (1863, Ferdinand Reich and Theodor Richter) and Germanium (1886, Clemens Winkler). In 2019, the periodic table of elements developed by the chemists Dmitri Mendeleev and Lothar Meyer celebrates its 150th birthday.

The significance of this discovery for chemistry was once again presented by the TU Bergakademie Freiberg at this year's 43rd Clemens Winkler Colloquium. With Prof. Dr. Wladimir Reschetilowski from TU Dresden, Prof. Dr. Cristian A. Strassert from Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster and Prof. Dr. Christoph Düllmann from GSI Helmholtz-Zentrum für Schwerionenforschung GmbH, three high-ranking scientists provided insights into the formation of the periodic table, into its chemical characteristics and into the elements that have been discovered to this day.

The TU Bergakademie Freiberg has designed a special cup for the International Year of the Periodic Table of the Elements, which can be purchased in the Uni-Shop.