Citizens' Campus: Chlorine - a misunderstood element

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Fr. 01.03.2024
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Röntgenbau | Röntgen-Hörsaal Weimarer Straße 27
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All interested parties

Chlorine, the technically most important element in the seventh main group of halogens, is seen by many people today as a symbol of the environmentally harmful production of chemical substances.

The lecture will show that this view often does not correspond to reality. Many products that are synthesized using chlorine-containing intermediates do not contain any chlorine themselves, or are even particularly positive in terms of environmental friendliness and sustainability. Chlorine is particularly indispensable in organic synthesis chemistry and forms the basis for many solvents and polymers. In inorganic chemistry, we find chlorine in the form of salts, which are often required for medical purposes. In everyday life, we encounter chlorine in particular in the form of NaCl, which is colloquially referred to simply as "salt".

The lecture will demonstrate typical chemical reactions involving chlorine in experiments.

Prof. Dr. rer. nat. habil. Prof. h. c. mult. Dr. h. c. mult. Peter Scharff is Head of the Chemistry Group at the Institute of Chemistry and Biotechnology in the Department of Mathematics and Natural Sciences at TU Ilmenau. Since 2023 he has been Chairman of the Board of the Ilmenau University Society - Friends, Sponsors, Alumni e. V.


Admission: 5€