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Prof. Wilke


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Funding: Research project

Fonds der Chemischen Industrie

The project application "Laboratory course 2.0: Future-oriented teacher training with digital tools" is supported by the Fund of the Chemical Industry within the framework of the special support for teaching in the field of "Introduction of digital methods and current topics on digitization in industry and teaching into teacher training at universities and study seminars". Members of the project are Manuel Wejner and Timm Wilke. We would like to thank the Fonds der Chemischen Industrie for the financial support of the project!


Junge Braunschweigische Wissenschaftliche Gesellschaft

On 29 October Prof. Timm Wilke was appointed to the "Junge Braunschweigische Wissenschaftliche Gesellschaft" (Young Brunswick Scientific Society, JBWG).

The BWG is a scientific society. Its task is to promote the sciences, especially the interaction of natural sciences, technical sciences and humanities, through its own activities and in cooperation with other scientific institutions in Germany and abroad. The Young BWG is an initiative of the "Braunschweigische Wissenschaftliche Gesellschaft" to promote young scientists in Lower Saxony

Guest Professorship

Karl-Franzens-University Graz/Austria

In the coming winter semester, Prof. Wilke will take on a guest professorship for chemistry education at the Karl-Franzens-University in Graz/Austria in addition to the ongoing projects in Brunswick. The stays in Austria are financially supported by an ERASMUS+ scholarship of the European Union.

Funding: Qualitätsoffensive Lehrerbildung III

Experimenting, teaching and learning with digital tools (ExeLL)

The Technische Universität Braunschweig is again successful in the third funding phase of the federal programme "Qualitätsoffensive Lehrerbildung" - starting in March 2020, the project "DiBS - Digital Skills for Teacher Education at the FSU Jena" will be funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research for almost 4 years. Part of this joint initiative is also the project Experimenting, "Teaching and Learning with Digital Tools (ExeLL)", which is headed by Prof. Wilke.

Funding: Qualitätsoffensive Lehrerbildung II


Within the framework of the second funding phase of the Federal Programme "Qualitätsoffensive Lehrerbildung", the project TU4Teachers will continue to be funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research with a sum of 3.2 million € until 31 December 2023. A part of this joint initiative is the project Pro-SciencE, which is headed by Prof. Oliver Bodensiek, Cornelia Borchert and Prof. Wilke.

Visit of Prof. Martyn Poliakoff (University of Nottingham)

Invited by the GDCh local association we welcome Prof. Martyn Poliakoff (University of Nottingham) on 03.12.2018 at the TU Braunschweig. Beyond his research, Prof. Poliakoff is especially known for his Periodic Videos, in which he introduces the elements of the periodic table. With about 190 million hits, the site is one of the world's most visited websites related to chemistry.

Prof. Poliakoff will lecture this evening at 17:15 at Hagenring 30 on the topic "From Test Tube to Youtube" - we hope for lively interest!

Funding: Research project

Functional, versatile, sustainable - nanocomposites made to measure

From cellulose to PET bottles, from plastic bags to antimicrobial implant coatings - polymers of natural and human origin play a key role in our everyday life as well as in current research for the production of new materials. In our project nanocomposites made to measure we investigate how (1) these materials can be made more functional by adding nanoadditives and (2) more sustainable by using bio-based or biodegradable polymers.
Members of the project are Dr. Reza Saadat (Institute for Particle Technology) and Dr. Henning Storz (Thünen-Institute). We thank the Fonds der Chemischen Industrie for the financial support of the project!

Welcoming of the new students in the stadium of Eintracht Braunschweig: impressions (15.10.2018)

© Florian Kleinschmidt/TU Braunschweig

Funding: Research and Teaching project


On September 1, the "Digitize" project is launched as a joint initiative of the Walter group (Inorganic and Analytical Chemistry) and Wilke group. "Digitize" uses the potential of digital STEM education 4.0 for experimentally oriented courses in chemistry. Specifically, the digital low-cost measuring station LabPi from Manuel Wejner is to be used for this purpose in a newly developed laboratory course in inorganic chemistry by Prof. Walter.

The Digitize project is funded as part of the TU Braunschweig's transfer program for innovative teaching and learning concepts.

Open Positions: Bachelor- and Master Thesis

At present, there are several proposed topics for bachelor theses, master theses and doctoral projects. If you are interested in writing your bachelor/master thesis in Chemistry Education within the framework of an (ERASMUS) semester abroad, please contact Prof. Wilke directly for further information!

Prof. Dr. Timm Wilke

Short Curriculum Vitae

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Full Professor/chair for Chemistry Education at the Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena
Visiting Professor for Chemistry Education at Karl-Franzens-University of Graz/Austria
2017 - 2020
Voluntary chemistry teacher with a low number of hours at a grammar school in Braunschweig
PhD (Dr. rer. nat.) - "summa cum laude"
since 2016
Assistant Professor for Chemistry Education at TU Braunschweig/Germany
Guest researcher at the IPN Kiel (Chemistry Education Department, I. Parchmann, 6 months)
Guest researcher at Chemistry Department, Florida Institute of Technology (Melbourne/USA, K. Winkelmann, 2 months)
2012 - 2015
Doctoral studies in the Department of Chemistry Didactics at the University of Göttingen (T. Waitz)
Master of Education at Georg-August-University Göttingen (with distinction)
Research stay at Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Toulouse/FR (6 Monate)
Born in Brussels, Belgium

Scholarships, prizes, awards

Appointment to the Junge Braunschweigische Wissenschaftliche Gesellschaft (BWG)
Poster Award of the GDCh Division of Chemistry Education
Outstanding Poster and Poster Award of the GDCh Division of Chemistry Education
Book Prize of the Faculty of Chemistry for outstanding doctoral achievements
2013 - 2016
Doctoral scholarship from the German Business Foundation (sdw).
Promotion of the dissertation project by the Ministry of Science and Culture
Scholarship for teacher candidates of the Chemical Industry Fund

Selected publications

  1. M. Wejner & T. Wilke: Low Cost – High Tech: The Digital Measurement System LabPi. CHEMKON, 7 (26), pp. 294-300. | Link
  2. T. Wilke, O. Bodensiek & K. Ruppersberg (2018): Synthese von Gold-Nanopartikeln - Gold aus Elektronikschrott. ChiuZ, 5 (52), S. 342-349 | Link
  3. R. Saadat, B. Bartram & T. Wilke (2019): Made to Measure: Easy Synthesis and Characterization of Nanocomposites with Tailored Functionalities for School Chemistry Education. W. J. Chem. Ed., 2 (7), S. 65-71 | Link
  4. R. Nonninger, J. Dege, T. Wilke, T. Waitz (2016): Nanoscience Education in School Chemistry – Perspectives for Curricular Innovations in Context of an Education for a Sustainable Development in: Global Perspectives of Nanoscience and Engineering Education, edited by K. Winkelmann and B. Bhushan, Springer International Publishing, Cham, S. 237-274.
  5. J. Dege, T. Waitz, S. Haffer, V. Pietzner, R. Abu-Much, M. Hugerat & T. Wilke (2016): Titanium Dioxide Nanoparticles – A Teaching Course Model for School Chemistry Education, J. Nano. Educ, 1 (8), 1-11 | Link