French-German Young Chemists Conference “Curiosity”

French-German Young Chemists Conference “Curiosity” took place from 30 June to 1 July 2022 at the Faculty of Technical Sciences of the University of Haute-Alsace in Mulhouse, France. The event was organized by “Young Chemists of Upper Rhine” composed of five regional networks of young chemists : the French Chemical Society (RJ-SCF) in Alsace and the Young Chemists Forum (JCF) of German Chemical Society (GDCh) in Freiburg, in Karlsruhe, in Saarbrücken and in Kaiserslautern.

The meeting was attended by fifty truly curious and enthusiastic chemists from research institutes and universities in Mulhouse, Strasbourg, Rennes, Heidelberg, Freiburg, Wuppertal, Saar, Karlsruhe, Kaiserslautern and Berlin. The participants presented their research in form of oral presentations and posters. The program included four plenary lectures by Ingo Krossing from Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg, Joanna Wencel-Delord from Université de Strasbourg, Alexander Hinz from Karlsruhe Institute of Technology and Jean-François Carpentier from Institut des Sciences Chimiques de Rennes. Professor Krossing presented research about compounds acting as deelectronators and their redox potentials. Joanna Wencel-Delord brought the participants into a passionate world of asymmetric C-H activation reactions. Alexander Hinz shared his achievements in synthesis of carbazolyl complexes of group 2 and group 14 elements. Professor Carpentier talked about rare-earth based catalysts for the ring-opening polymerization (ROP) of different classes of cyclic (thio)esters which constitute a possible alternative to conventional “plastics”. The book of abstracts is available on conference website. The participants enjoyed the friendly and stimulating atmosphere to present their research work, learn from each other and discuss the research of their peers. The best oral presentations were awarded to Laura Cipriano Crapina from Institute of Material Science of Mulhouse on her research about synthesis of a novel clay-like modified electrode for waste water treatment with heterogeneous Electro-Fenton process and to Gabriel Martinez from Institute Charles Sadron who presented total landscape of hydrogen-bonding in organic electronics. The best poster prize went to Xingyu Wu from Institute of Material Science of Mulhouse who works on the investigation of two-photon polymerized microstructures using fluorescence lifetime measurements.

The conference organizing committee : Sébastien Andrieux (Université de Strasbourg, RJ SCF Alsace, France), Melina Dilanas (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, JCF Karlsruhe, Germany), Emiel Dobbelaar (Technical University of Kaiserslautern, JCF Kaiserslautern, Germany), Liva Dzene (Université de Haute-Alsace, RJ SCF Alsace, France), Sebastien Gilhuber (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, JCF Karlsruhe, Germany), David Jurado (Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg, JCF Freiburg, Germany), Friederike Oesten (Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg, JCF Freiburg, Germany), Raphael Petrikat (Technical University of Kaiserslautern, JCF Kaiserslautern, Germany), Anna-Lena Thömmes (Universität des Saarlandes, JCF Saar, Germany), Madeline Vauthier (Université de Strasbourg, RJ SCF Alsace, France), Stephan Zimmerman (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, JCF Karlsruhe, Germany), PromoChem Team of Ecole Nationale Superieure de Chimie de Mulhouse : Yacine Cherraoui, Yanis Zellagui, Marco Rami, Gaëtan Brazy, Margaux Lukomski, Claire Lefevre, Julie Schulz .

The event was possible thanks to our sponsors and partners : Franco-German University (FGU), Université de Haute-Alsace, IdEx University of Strasbourg, Cluster for Molecular Chemistry in the Upper Rhine Area, Société Chimique de France, Carbolution, Institut Charles Sadron, Salveco, Office franco-allemand pour la Jeunesse (OFAJ), BASF, Institut de Science des Matériau de Mulhouse, Faculté des Sciences et Techniques, Soprema, European Chemical Society, Gesellschaft Deutscher Chemiker e.V., École nationale supérieure de chimie de Mulhouse and Cooking for You.