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Celebrating 150 years of the periodic table

Prof. Dr. Sjoerd Harder, Chair of Inorganic and Organometallic Chemistry (Image: FAU/Georg Pöhlein, Editing: FAU/Luisa Macharowsky)

For the 150th anniversary of the periodic table, we asked our scientists about their favourite element

Prof. Dr. Sjoerd Harder, Chair of Inorganic and Organometallic Chemistry, on calcium:

“Without calcium, it does not work! All our senses function thanks to very low flows of calcium. In addition to biochemistry, I am fascinated by the still young organocalcium chemistry. Calcium has many secrets. Can calcium replace platinum? Does it use d-orbitals? The future is full of surprises!”

The FAU research team headed by Prof. Dr. Harder, along with other scientists, gave the element calcium a face through a publication in the interactive periodic table of the Nature publishing house: https://www.nature.com/immersive/d42859-019-00001-7/index.html


Further interviews within the framework of the “150 Jahre Periodensystem” series as well as more exciting stories about FAU can be found on our website and the FAU Facebook page.

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