UniSysCat/CIF Special Lecture

Klaus-Dieter Franz

Consultant for Science to Innovation on Functional Materials

Start Time: Wednesday, July 24, 2019 05:00 pm

End Time: Wednesday, July 24, 2019 05:30 pm

Chemistry Building, C 264
Technische Universität Berlin, Straße des 17. Juni 115, 10623 Berlin

Functional Materials for Energy and Electronics - from Chemical Concepts to Innovation

Klaus-Dieter Franz

Consultant for Science to Innovation on Functional Materials

“Customers don’t buy products, they buy what the product can do for them” (Peter F. Drucker, 1909-2005) is a key statement for the development and transformation of chemical concepts into successful innovations, as well. Hence, functional materials with highest value are based on analyzing performance needs for value in use and require translating specified physical parameters into chemical substances. This is especially important in the case of materials for energy storage technologies and for organic semiconductors for molecular electronics.

The presentation will focus on examples for designing and syntheses of molecular concepts for these applications by molecular engineering in view of their properties in the liquid and solid form for battery and super capacitor electrolytes. Chemical approaches presented are based on concepts for weakly coordinating anions forming ionic liquid systems by combination of steric effects in Boron-, Fluorine-, and Phosphorous-compounds and with multiple redox active polycyclic hydrocarbons.

The event is free of charge. The only thing you should bring is a fresh mind.
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About Klaus-Dieter Franz
Klaus-Dieter Franz, studied chemistry and physics at Goethe University in Frankfurt and obtained his PhD in Inorganic Chemistry in 1975. After several years as postdoc in Australia and at IBM, USA, on synthesis and spectroscopy of conducting molecules, he joined BASF AG, Germany from 1979-1982 working on PVC, Polymer Modifier, Conducting Polymers. From 1982 he stayed with Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, in several functions in R+D on Effect Pigments, Head of New Business Development Chemistry and finally as VP Central Analytical Services.

Since his retirement in 2012 he acts as consultant for Science to Innovation on Functional Materials, and initiated several academic research cooperations on novel functional materials by unconventional ionic compounds for energy storing technologies and pharmaceutical salt formation. 

Further activities: Lectureships on “Industrial Analytical Chemistry”, Technical University Darmstadt and “Development of New Business in the Chemical and Pharmaceutical Industry”, Goethe University Frankfurt, Innovation Consulting and Coaching, Invited lectures on Business Development in Chemistry, Functional Materials, Analytical Science, Patent Advisory Board Innovectis (Goethe University Frankfurt) amongst others.

He authored more than 50 publications and patents: Organometallic Chemistry, Electrochemically Conducting Molecules and Polymers, Organic Semiconductors, Ionic Liquids, Effect Pigments, Functional Materials for Energy Storage, Drug Delivery Compounds amongst others.


About the Chemical Invention Factory
The Chemical Invention Factory (CIF, John Warner Center for start-ups in Green Chemistry) is a technological greenhouse initiated by TU Berlin and Berlin Senate. CIF is devoted to inventions in the fields of Green Chemistry, Materials and Nanotechnology. It will provide state of the art laboratories, excellent research infrastructure, scientific mentors and a community of likeminded entrepreneurs.


Sebastian F. Mueller, Managing Director Chemical Invention Factory


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Unifying Systems in Catalysis (UniSysCat) is funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, German Research Foundation) under Germany´s Excellence Strategy – EXC 2008/1– 390540038