Prof. Michael W. Tausch
Prof. Michael W. Tausch
Bergische Universität Wuppertal, Germany
Title: Light 4 Future - Promoting Green Chemistry in Science Education
In order to accelerate the overall realization of of green chemistry, science education is challenged, to include innovative contents based on sustainable energies, substances and procedures. In this sense young generation should be guided towards those topics, that combine their everyday experiences with convincing applications from modern science and technology. Processes involving light, such as photovoltaics and electroluminescence, as well as photocatalytic synthesis of energy storing compounds and photoactive smart materials, are par excellence suitable to fulfill this requirement. The lecture presents an experimental approach to a conceptual framework able to explain all basic phenomena involving light in a reasonable first approximation for students in high school, college and university. However, a series of experiments and teaching materials will be introduced and made available on the website According to the demand “from CO2 biology to CO2 economy”, an experimental simulation of the natural carbon cycle in photosynthesis and respiration will be highlighted. The simulation consists of a system of coupled reaction cycles that illustrates the conversion of light energy into chemical energy and storage in a reduced substrate.
Michael W. Tausch studied chemistry at the Polytechnic Institute of Bucharest, Romania, from 1967 to 1972. He subsequently studied mathematics and educational sciences in Bremen and Oldenburg, both Germany, and received his Ph.D from the University of Bremen in 1981. He was a teacher for chemistry and mathematics from 1976–1996. In 1996, he completed his habilitation at the University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany and became Professor for Chemistry and Chemical Education there. In 2005, he moved to the Department for Chemistry Didactics at Bergische Universität Wuppertal, Germany. He has published more than 250 papers and textbooks.