Profile of the Graduate College 850
Our Graduate College has been approved by DFG on October 1 2002, and we started to operate on April 1 2003. It is a collaboration of 13 research groups of the institutes of inorganic, organic and theoretical chemistry. 13 PhD students and a PostDoc will be funded by the Graduate College, around 13 other students will also be part of it and funded directly by the research groups. The group of 25 - 30 students are selected on the basis of their quality and will get, apart from their PhD degree, a diploma of the Graduate College. They will get special training in molecular modeling and will be among the top 30% of our approx. 100 PhD students in molecular chemistry. Please, apply any time to the chairman Peter Comba with details on your diploma or MSc degree and your desired field of research. You will be expected to complete your PhD project within 2.5 to 3 years.
Profile of the faculty
The research groups of the institutes of inorganic and organic chemistry of the faculty of chemistry and geosciences of the University of Heidelberg are involved in the synthesis, characterization and application of molecular compounds, ranging from organic natural products and classical coordination compounds to organometallics and main group cluster compounds, and applications include catalysis and biomimetic chemistry. Many of the groups have a long tradition and a solid background in molecular modeling. The Heidelberg institutes are well equipped for preparative work, spectroscopy and computational chemistry, and well funded by government and industry.
Aims and Objectives of the Graduate College
The basic idea of our Graduate College is that experimental chemists will have a considerable disadvantage in their professional career if they do not have skills in basic computational chemistry. The future (and present) preparatively oriented molecular chemist needs to use computer programs to design new molecules, to interpret observed properties, and to compare them with those of known compounds, using widely available programs based on molecular mechanics, molecular dynamics, DFT, and also including data mining, spectra simulations and other techniques. Thus, the typical student in our Graduate College will be a preparatively oriented molecular chemist which is also expected to include a theoretical section in his PhD thesis. The program of special courses during the PhD work includes invited lectures, 2 day courses, and the "Heidelberg Summer School of Molecular Modeling", as well as workshops with lectures given by the PhD students on their research projects. The areas covered in the courses and lectures are empirical molecular modeling (MM, MD), quantum mechanics (DFT) and general methods (data mining and analysis, spectra simulations, correlations). We also teach our research students to professionally present and communicate scientific results, and to discuss them with other scientists. Therefore, lectures and courses are selected and organized by the PhD students (organization team).