New seminar: Automation and Visualization

In summer term 2021, the Chair of Analytical Chemistry and Water Chemistry offers a new seminar for master students of all programs: “Automation and visualization of laboratory processes and data”. You can find the module under course number 0000005477 in TUMonline. The language of instruction is mainly English.

The module of 5 ECTS is a practical introduction to Python and LEGO EV3. The fun doesn’t fall by the wayside either: The new knowledge is applied to LEGO robots! You will also learn how to program automatic tools for data analysis.

More info can be found in this article (german) or on Youtube (english).


Green University, Green Life

What is actually happening at our university in terms of sustainability and the environment? Here we would like to give you an overview of some activities for the winter semester 2020/21:

Every semester, the environmental department of the Student Council offers a series of lectures on environmental topics. Each semester there is a overarching topic, under which experts are invited to give lectures and participate in discussions. Within the framework of the so-called “Überfachliche Grundlagen” (interdisciplinary basics), which are part of most curricula, credits can even be recognized for this. You can find out exactly how this works on the homepage of the Environmental Department. The lectures are digital this semester.

This semester, the overarching topic is:

“Is environmental degradation making us sick?
Why environmental protection equals health protection”

Medicine has made enormous progress in the last centuries: We are able to cure more and more diseases, we understand more and more how we can enhance our health and thereby improve our quality of living. But thanks to our way of life we are negatively impacting our environment and thus our health more and more every day: Microplastics in our food und drinking water, air pollution, increasingly frequent heat waves that are enhanced by climate change and much more. At the same time the environment has a lot of positive effects on our health – nature increases our physical and psychological wellbeing and offers us a lush diversity of foods and plant based active ingredients. 

However, a lot of those things that our environment is providing us, we are jeopardizing with our behavior. If we want to maintain a healthy world that’s worth living in, for us and future generations, we have to find a way to live in harmony with our environment! Scientific insights have to be combined with effective actions. 

We are inviting you to learn from experts about the relationship between environment and health and to find out how to improve it – informative, critical and interdisciplinary.

Another “big player” for student commitment in the environmental field are the Students for Future. Since the winter semester 2019/20, for example, they have been organizing the so-called Public Climate School, a week full of public environmental lectures for the transfer of knowledge from science to society. It takes place in mid-November in the winter semester and mid-May in the summer semester.

Public Climate School 16th-20th November 2020

But how do you now, as a private person, put into practice in real life all that you learn in these lectures? Don’t worry – both groups will take care of that together. In the environmental lifeguide you can learn how to live more sustainably. Powered by Students for Future, the environmental departments of TUM and LMU and others. Because it concerns us all 😉


Lab Coat Sales

Due to the current situation, the student council office is currently closed. For current internships there are arrangements with the internship supervisors, so that you still have a protective gown in the internship.
If there are regular dates again in the future, you will find them here. Unfortunately, with all the uncertainty, we can’t say when that will be. Stay healthy!

– no current dates available

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Of course we have to adhere to the following hygiene regulations:

  • Only one student at a time is allowed in the student council office. Please form a queue for waiting, observing the floor markings and the safety distance.
  • It is obligatory to wear a face mask.
  • It is possible to try on the gowns to determine the desired size.
  • Please bring your own pen.
  • When entering the office, presence must be confirmed on the displayed list, giving contact details and a signature.

Your Start at TUM

Where can I find my timetable? What subjects do I have?

The timetables can be found on the homepage of the faculty in the tab Study, sorted by courses and semesters. If the one for the current winter semester has not yet been uploaded, the one from the previous winter semester serves as a good orientation. Normally nothing changes. For the first week you will also receive a printed timetable for the initial course.
The subjects you have to take in the first semester (and beyond) can be found in the study overview, also on the page of the faculty. Just click on your course of study and click on the latest document Studienübersicht.

When do I have to be where?

You will get all your dates (with location) in the first week of your studies as a timetable at our Freshmen Days.

Do I have to attend a preliminary maths course? And: Do I have to repeat math?

The pre-maths course is only for chemical engineers and is not compulsory, but highly recommended for them. The other courses do not have a “Higher Mathematics” course and should not take away the limited places available to students of chemical engineering!
There is a registration deadline for the pre-math course, which is usually in September. It is not fixed every year, so please inform yourself as soon as possible. Here you can find all further information.

As a chemist, biochemist or food chemist you will attend the lecture “Mathematical Methods of Chemistry I” in the first semester. A specific preparation is not necessary. However, if you have been to school for some time, it is recommended to repeat the A-level math (especially curve discussion).

Which initial courses are compulsory?

Of course, at university virtually nothing is “compulsory” ?
If you would like to have all the information you need, you should definitely come to our information event, the Freshmen Days. You don’t have to write anything down here, all information will be uploaded on this website afterwards.
The additional offers like campus rally, pub crawl, museum tour etc. are of course more to get to know your fellow students in a relaxed atmosphere.

Can/Should I prepare something for the start of my studies?

This cannot be answered in a general way.
You definitely don’t have to buy textbooks or learn any content, it all comes soon enough. Just be equipped with the basics (writing pad and materials, folder/notebook, if you like digital on the tablet) and be aware that some investments (lab coats, basic lab equipment and insurance, deposit for the locker) will be coming up in the first weeks.
Of course, you should also take care of your living situation, you can buy the semester ticket if necessary and if you want to get a badge for university sports. There is a very good checklist to start your studies.

Do I have to register for lectures now?

No. You may be able to register for some courses before the first lectures start, but it is not necessary. Usually the lecturer will ask you to register as soon as it is activated. Experience shows that this is during the first week of lectures in the first lecture dates. You can’t miss these if you pick up your timetable at the Freshmen Days.
You can find out exactly how to register for courses at the IT introduction, which also takes place during the first days.

How do I get my student card?

Student ID cards are currently (summer term 2020) sent by post as soon as you are enrolled. The address in TUMonline is used for this, so check that it is up to date. Also, ID cards are not sent abroad. More information here.

At which sites will I study food chemistry?

In the curriculum, the modules are color-coded according to the locations: Blue and red take place in Garching (chemistry, math, physics), yellow in Freising (botany, food chemistry, statistics, electives).
During the first year of study, you will study almost exclusively in Garching, in the second year about half of the modules are in Freising and in the third year almost all of them. The consecutive Master takes place in Freising only.

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Student Council

Students’ Award

Since 2013, the Students’ Award has honored employees of our department who show special commitment to students. We want to shine a light on people who go above and beyond every day and bring out the best for us, rather than focus only on good teaching. Innovative internships, fairness in discussions with students, an open ear for our concerns and a hearty approach to solving all kinds of problems in everyday student life: this is what we want to highlight and honour with our award.

Any member of the faculty can make suggestions anonymously. For this purpose, an urn is placed in our office from around May each year. The student representatives discuss the candidates in a selection meeting open to the public and then vote by secret ballot. The prize is usually awarded at the end of July during the Graduation Day.

To see the Award Winners, please switch to German.

Student Council

About Us

Who, or what, is the “Fachschaft”?

We all are. This means all students at the department of chemistry, across all courses of study.

However, as far as the definition is concerned, in everyday use at the university, “Fachschaft” usually refers to a group of active students who are involved in the structure and everyday life of the university. In concrete terms, this includes participation in university committees, the organization of university life or organizational activities within the student council.

The Chemistry Student Council unites all students of chemistry, biochemistry, food chemistry and chemical engineering in order to represent our common interests and to organise our everyday student life in the best possible way.

An important instrument for this are the annual university elections, because the university is also a democratic system. There you choose your student representatives for a university year (Oct to Sep) from various suggestion lists. They are then entitled to represent all students of the chemistry department in university committees such as the faculty council or the student council.

In the daily work of the student council there are different units. Each units consists of several active members of the student council who take on certain projects, for example the freshmen introduction or this website! For organisational purposes and to discuss current topics, all members of the student council meet regularly.

In order to provide our services, an extra association stands behind the student council: “Fachschaft Chemie der TU München e.V.”. This enables us to keep a bank account and organize events.

The active work of the student representatives is therefore based on three pillars: association, meetings and elected representatives. Accordingly, we have a tripartite management structure:

Departmental Student Council Spokesperson

Miriam Jänchen

Head of the elected Student Representatives

Plenary Chair

Jennifer Knauer

Conduct all Student Council meetings, Coordinate day-to-day work of all Units

Association Board

Julia Klüpfel – President
Joachim Ottinger – Vice President
Lukas Huber
– Treasurer

Student Council

Student Representatives

The representation of students’ interests is also anchored in our democracy at all universities. There are different levels of representation in so-called university policy, analogous to the policy “out there”.

At our faculty the highest body is the faculaty council. It is there that professors are appointed, doctorates and habilitations are awarded and your study regulations are approved. The students of a department are represented there by the two departmental council representatives – those who received the most votes in the university election.
Besides these two, there are other student representatives at our faculty, whose number depends on the total number of students at the faculty. All together form the so-called student representatives (currently 17 representatives). For example, it awards the students’ prizes and sends delegates to the Student Council meetings.

  • Patricia König, CH, Member of the Board of the Department
  • Tobias Unrath, CH, Member of the Board of the Department
  • Miriam Jänchen, CH, Delegate to the Council of Student Representatives
  • Till Gundlach, BC, Delegate to the Council of Student Representatives
  • Alexander Imminger, CH
  • Alexander Spears, CH
  • Laura Grünwald, CIW, Delegate to the Council of Student Representatives
  • Leon Robert Mayr, LC
  • Lukas Huber, CH
  • Hannes Ehlert, BC
  • Franziska Schwimmer, CIW
  • Sandra Paßreiter, CH
  • Julia Draeger, CH
  • Maria Weyh, BC
  • Joachim Ottinger, CIW
    CH = chemistry, BC = biochemistry, LC = food chemistry, CIW = chemical engineering

Of course, each of the departments of the TUM has its own student council. Together they form the Student Representation of TUM to represent all students to the university management. All delegates discuss current topics in the student council, the highest student body at TUM. Projects and initiatives there included the introduction of the semester ticket and the construction of the StudiTUM houses.



Since 2011 we provide a night full of good music on 4 areas at the beginning of the summer semester.

Together with the student council of Mathematics/Physics/Computer Science (MPI) we organize dance music in the Magistrale of the MI-Building, with chill electro swing outside on the Shisha Terrace and large Metal Bunker. For the dancing body there will be beer on tap, long drinks, cocktails, pizza and fries.

We are always looking for helpers who want to see what a party looks like from the other side and want to help to make the party an unforgettable evening! The helper registration will be activated shortly before the party and you can register here.

For the team of organizers we and the MPI are now each providing 2 so-called main organizers who, together with a team of more than 30 division leaders, will get the party going:

Unity 2020:
– canceled –
FS MPI: Kempec Halk & Paul Fischer
FS Chemie: Sandra Paßreiter & Lukas Huber

Unity 2019:

FS MPI: Carina Fröhlich & Kempec Halk
FS Chemie: Sandra Paßreiter & Till Gundlach

Unity 2018:

FS MPI: Frederic Naumann & Carina Fröhlich
FS Chemie: Sophia Paravicini & Sandra Paßreiter

Unity 2017:

FS MPI: Frederic Naumann & Elisabeth Iovkova
FS Chemie: Sophia Paravicini & Julia Bayer

Unity 2016:

FS MPI: Andreas Kührmann & Frederic Naumann
FS Chemie: David Xu & Sophia Paravicini

Unity 2015:

FS MPI: Ellen Maeckelburg & Ronja Schönecker
FS Chemie: Michael Röpke & Daniel Döllerer

Unity 2014:

FS MPI: Sven Hertle & Sebastian Roith
FS Chemie: Michael Röpke & Lukas Woltmann

Unity 2013:

FS MPI: Sven Hertle & Benjamin Schnoy
FS Chemie: Michael Röpke & Julien König

Unity 2012:

FS MPI: Sebastian Biermann & Peter Zarnitz
FS Chemie: Benjamin Hofmann & Konstantin Krautgasser

Unity 2011:

FS MPI: Patrick Blitz & Sebastian Biermann
FS Chemie: Ben Hofmann


Supporting Events

All our events are organized on a voluntary basis – that means many helping hands! This is the only way we can set up and dismantle a huge party in a few hours. After all, we don’t want to block university buildings and lecture halls for weeks.

In 2018 we accompanied the division leaders and many helpers on the Unity:

The distribution of tasks is similar at most university events – and there are quite a few of them. There is no payment for helper jobs, but there are still some goodies: Free food, team shirts, coupons, etc.

Stay up to date and have a look at our registration tool!



Reactor Tour

Not a lecture in the classical sense, but certainly instructive and interesting – which other university has a research reactor in its garden?
We have been organising guided tours for students of our department for some semesters now. We will inform you via the forum (see footer) when new dates are available.

Industry lectures

How are the topics you learn during your studies implemented in industry? To this end, we occasionally invite representatives from industry who offer practical insights into their companies and products. The direct exchange after the lectures is not neglected. In addition, you always learn a lot about the qualifications that companies value in chemists.

By the way, such a lecture can be organized relatively easily. We would be happy to support you in implementing a lecture.

Study – and then?

In this series of lectures, former chemistry students present their career and their current work routine. We want to cover as many career paths as possible, also to show that there is no “one” right path. Entering university via vocational training, going into industry with a Master’s degree or even starting something completely new after your doctorate: Anthing is possible and there are individual opportunities for everyone.
Current dates of the lecture series can be found on our homepage and Social Media.
If you yourself are a graduate of TUM and would like to share your experiences, please contact us! You can reach us at

Scientific Lectures

Talks on current research in various directions take place regularly at our faculty. Often external and international colleagues of our scientists visit us, so that a colourful mixture comes together. The lectures are open to the public, so you can just come and listen. The faculty publishes a current list here.

And more:

In June 2019 a very special guest visited us: The 2017 Nobel Prize winner in Chemistry, Prof. Dr. Joachim Frank

In addition to a scientific lecture for the whole faculty, we have jointly organized an additional lecture in which his results are easy to understand for students.