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Professor Anke Krüger Newly Elected Chairman of Board of the ‘Liebig Association for Organic Chemistry’


For the period 2016-2019 Professor Krüger was elected Chairman of Board of this large division within the Gesellschaft Deutscher Chemiker (GDCh).

Anke Krüger
Prof. Dr. Anke Krüger

This is not the first time that the famous German Chemist ‘Justus von Liebig’, one of the founders of organic chemistry, plays an important role in Anke Krüger’s career. As a young scientist she was already supported by a Liebig Fellowship from 2002 until 2007 before she was appointed junior professor at the University of Kiel and soon after professor at the University of Würzburg. Now, the Liebig Association for Organic Chemistry, which is one of the largest divisions within the GDCh, has elected Anke Krüger Chairman of Board for the period of 4 years.

The Gesellschaft Deutscher Chemiker (GDCh) is the largest chemical society in continental Europe. The Liebig Association with almost 1.500 members comprehensively addresses matters of organic chemistry. Amongst other tasks, it takes care of PR activities and advanced training, awards the Liebig Lectureships, and organizes the ORCHEM Conference every other year.

Since 2008 Anke Krüger has been Professor for Organic Chemistry at the University of Würzburg. Since then, she has been very successful and internationally well connected, due to her research interfacing organic synthesis chemistry, material sciences and nanotechnology. She was the first scientist from Würzburg, being the coordinator of an international research consortium, who successfully applied for an FET Open project in the Horizon 2020 EU Framework Programme. When the project entitled DIACAT (total funding amount of EUR 3.9 million, with EUR 600,000 for the scientists at the University of Würzburg) was established, it was in fact the only FET Open project coordinated by a German institution.

Regarding the DIACAT Project as well as most other research projects the Krüger research group focusses on diamond and carbon nanomaterials. By selective modification of these materials new applications in the fields of medicine, electronics, and even eco-friendly fuel production are made possible.

By C. Stadler, A. Häfner