A new year, a new ChemCup. This year we competed in the ChemCup with only a very small team. According to the motto “a good horse only jumps as high as it has to”, we tried our luck and were actually successful. With clever strikers, which always scored a goal when the opponents least suspected it and a defense like a wall, we made it beyond the group phase. Then, however, due to the small team, the forces left us and we had to retire before the finals.
Also this year the working group Biesalski went to Hirschegg to spend some days with the whole group. This year there were some new topics on the agenda, which enabled us to better internalise the new subdivision of the group, but also to strengthen group cohesion. This happened either at Chi Gong or during a night hike to the summit of the Walmendinger Horn to experience the sunrise.
5th Paper Chemistry Colloquium 2018
At the beginning of May, the Biesalski Working Group once again hosted the Paper Chemistry Colloquium. The event, which takes place every two years, attracts the interest of both industry and research. With about 50 participants, the event in the Lichtenberghaus of the TU Darmstadt was again a complete success. We would like to thank all the speakers and participants once again and look forward to welcoming you again in two years' time.
After a funny contemporary had the crazy idea to borrow our “Doktorwagen” and not to bring it back, we simply built ourselves a new car in the working group. This also gave us the opportunity to add a lot of new features as can be seen in the pictures.
European Cellulose Students Conference 2017 in Graz
This years European Cellulose Materials Doctoral Students Conferenz was held in Graz. Some of our MAP members were lucky enough to get an insight into the research topics on cellulose of other european universities for 3 days. In addition to the scientific content joint ventures brought the students from all over europe closer together.
This year the joined forces of the working group of Annette Andrieu-Brunsen and the MAP group participated in the annual ChemCup. The Peanutbutter Jelly team showed great tactical finesse and a huge amount of condition, that's usually only displayed in the lab. Besides some setbacks it was possible to reach the semi-finals. It was a close match but in the end the opposing team had a bit more energy left and so we lost 1:2. But due to our success we are already fired up for next years ChemCup.
ACS 2015 in Denver and USF Joint Seminar
In March 2015 part of our group went to the US. We gave presentations at the ACS conference in Denver, Colorado and participated in a joint seminar at USF in Tampa, Florida together with PhDs from Prof. Ryan Toomey's and Prof. Norma Alcantar's group.
Sönke Petersen finished his PhD at MAP (14.07.2011)
On July 14th, 2011 Sönke Petersen succeeded in defending his dissertation as the first person at MAP. After the official part of the defense with buffet and sparkling wine the PhD-whole-body baptism was performed. For this new tradition at the MAP, Sönke was transferred to the Luisenplatz by the new MAP-celebration-carriage. Due to unexpectedly cold temperatures during this summer and therefore very cold baptism water, it was necessary to apply oral warming additives before and during the baptism procedure to avoid hypothermia of the body. With the first MAP world record of 2min and 36sek for running 10 times around the inside statue of the Luisenplatz-fountain, Sönke raised the bar for future candidates to a high level.
In the 2011 ChemCup, the “MAP Tigers” demonstrated great tactical finesse and conquered with two wins and two losses the third place in their group, which spared them from the semi-finals and, instead, made them the first team at the bbq. With their inspiring style of playing, the “MAP Tigers” won the heart of most of the fans (see pictures).
Group seminar in Heidelberg 13.-15-09.2010
This march a group of MAP members contributed to the spring 2010 National Meeting of the American Chemical Society in San Francisco with oral and poster presentations. A joint seminar with the Tirrell-group at UC Berkley rounded up the successful trip to the beautiful venue at the pacific coast.
The 2009 christmas party started with a fabulous dinner at the Vivarium. The highlight after this was our wichtel-game and self-made “Glühwein”.
In September 2009, the Department of chemistry of TU Darmstadt organized an internal soccer tournament.
Not expected by all other teams, this years ChemCup was won by the „MAP Tigers“. With no losses (5 wins, and 7:2 goals), the MAP Tigers went through the tournament to first vaporize the “Organic Punks I & II” in the quarter- and semifinal, and then beat the group of Professor Rehahn in the final game in a penalty shoot-out 4:2!
Institute's Barbeque 2009
After our staff went to the crag, we organized a barbeque in the back of our institute. Nearly the whole personnel joined with their families to celebrate a successful start at TUD and the end of summer.
After this years summer seminar day, the group went to the crag right behind the institute to strengthen the dynamic interplay. Some bad tongs claimed that this was arranged because of a sometimes too sloppy lab-work … wait, Rishi, until you will experience next years event … !
The group is growing
This picture was taken when Heike and Stefanie joined our team.
ACS spring meeting
Sönke at ACS spring meeting 2009 in Salt Lake City.
The labs are ready
March 2009 we finished the setting up of our laboratories. After hard work, we are satisfied with the result and are looking forward to move in.
Mr MAP of the year – 2008
M. Sc.- Ing. Rhishikesh Gokhale
At christmas 2008, we celebrated at our institute.
Setting up our laboratories
December 2008 we are setting up our premises at TU Darmstadt. It might look messy, however, we are excited about how it will look, once the labs are ready for moving in.