Fluorine as a Key Element
Natural SciencesChemical sciences

Research Training Network 1582 „Fluorine as a Key Element - Discovering innovative synthetic concepts to generate novel molecules with unique properties “

(DFG Graduiertenkolleg 1582 “Fluor als Schlüsselelement: Durch neue Synthesekonzepte zu Verbindungen mit einzigartigen Eigenschaften”)

The RTN 1582 is a joined network of fluorine chemists from the Freie Universität (FU), the Humboldt University (HU) and the Technical University (TU). It offers an educational program that features the introduction of fluorine into diverse chemical structures with the aim of discovering novel compounds that will have applications in catalysis, materials science as well as in pharmaceutical and biological chemistry. The intention is to fill a growing knowledge gap at German universities. The educational and research programs are supported by partners from industry.


The chemical element fluorine shows unique atomic properties that also translate into compounds and materials with fluorinated building blocks leading to fluorine’s outstanding roll in basic and applied research. New developments in synthetic fluorine chemistry during the last decades paved the way for e.g. more potent pharmaceuticals with less side effects or better liquid crystal displays in modern mobile devices. On the other hand, the number of research groups in Germany with a focus on fluorine chemistry is still relatively small and fluorine chemistry is no central part in German universities’ chemistry education programs. In Berlin, perhaps the place in the world with the largest concentration of fluorine chemists, the RTN 1582 intents to fill this educational gap and to grow a new generation of fluorine chemists with a broad interdisciplinary expertise in synthetic and analytic fluorine chemistry.

Beside specific activities orientated to scientific goals of the RTN, there is a focus on imparting key qualifications to prepare young chemists for their upcoming profession in science or industry. The members of the RTN are either directly funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) or receive funding from one of the three participating universities. The graduate school is structurally subordinated to the doctoral program “Molecular Science” which is part of the Dahlem Research School (DRS), and the RTN is associated with the Humboldt Graduate School (HGS).

Contact Information

Prof. Dr. Beate Koksch (Speaker, Freie Universität Berlin)
Prof. Dr. Thomas Braun (Vice-Speaker, Humboldt University)
Dr. Carsten Müller
Freie Universität Berlin
Institut für Chemie und Biochemie
Anorganische Chemie
Fabeckstraße 34/36
14195 Berlin

+49 (0)30 +49 (0)30 838 60912
the RTN 1582 ends in 2018, applications are no longer accepted
Freie Universität Berlin, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and Technische Universität Berlin Freie Universität Berlin, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and Technische Universität Berlin