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12/04/18

Historical seminar visits the Max-Panck-Institut für Kohlenforschung

Historical seminar visits the Max-Panck-Institut für Kohlenforschung

On November 29 and 30, an advanced historical seminar of the Ruhr University Bochum visited the Max-Planck-Institut für Kohlenforschung for a two-day working session. Under the topic "Coal - Gas - Chemistry. Die deutsche Kokereiindustrie 1800-1945", the prospective historians, under the guidance of Prof. Dr. Dieter Ziegler, holder of the chair, and Prof. Dr. Manfred Rasch, former archivist of the Institute, devoted themselves in particular to the early history of the Institute between 1914 and 1925. The students worked on partial aspects of the Fischer-Tropsch synthesis, for example, on the basis of sources from the historical archive, which had been prepared and presented by the Institute's archivist Christoph Kießling.

In addition to the file research, there was also a guided tour through the institute, during which the gas chromatography and the department of organometallic chemistry were visited. The participants were particularly impressed by the modern equipment and the many research highlights in the more than one hundred year history of the institute.

Photo: Prof. Rasch, Prof. Ziegler and Christoph Kießling (on the left side from down to top) with the prospective historians.