The Research Group at the University of Erlangen-Nürnberg (Germany)

The Erlangen group is located at the Institute for Inorganic Chemistry, University of Erlangen-Nürnberg, in Erlangen (Germany). The institute is responsible for research and teaching of inorganic, analytical, organometallic and bioinorganic chemistry. It consists of two chair holders at the full professor level and 4 associate professors, each with their own research group ( The institute has over 100 technical and scientific staff members including numerous graduate and post-graduate students. The research group of Rudi van Eldik (the Chair holder for Inorganic and Analytical Chemistry) presently consists of 8 post-docs, 18 PhD and 4 Master students from 10 different countries. The group specializes in mechanistic studies in inorganic, organometallic and bioinorganic chemistry, with special emphasis on the application of high pressure thermodynamic and kinetic techniques. The latter enable a more detailed insight into the nature of the transition state of a chemical process and assists the fundamental elucidation of the underlying reaction mechanism. Processes that are presently being studied within the group include:

The work is carried out in collaboration with leading scientists in Poland, USA, South Africa, England, Russia, Georgia, Australia, Sweden, Spain, Israel, Egypt, Hungary, Croatia, Yugoslavia, Canada and Switzerland. The work is financed by numerous grants from the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, Fonds der Chemischen Industrie, Max-Buchner Forschungsstiftung, Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, DAAD, NATO Scientific Affairs Division, European Community, and collaborations with industry.