The International Younger Chemists Network (IYCN) was founded in 2017 and aims connect and empower younger chemists from all over the world. It supports younger scientists working across the chemical sciences towards a globally sustainable future and an inclusive scientific community. All interested early career chemists from all nations have the opportunity to join, network and participate. For further information, please visit the IYCN's website


German delegates in the IYCN (2023/24)

Marcel Leuschner

Marcel Leuschner is a PhD student at the University Bonn. He is working on titanocene catalysis and the electrochemical and photochemical activation of titanocene complexes. Since 2014 he is a member of the German Chemical Society (GDCh) and is active in its young chemists’ network (JCF). Besides holding various offices of the JCF Bonn, he was involved in an organization team for the Spring Symposium of the JCF 2020 in Cologne. In 2021, he founded the JCF Team StartUp and became IYCN delegate.

Dr. Maxim Gindele

Maxim Gindele is a Trainee with focus on R&D at BASF. He received his PhD at the Leibniz University Hannover, where he investigated additive-controlled mineralization processes. Since 2018, he is member of the German Chemical Society (GDCh) und actively participating in the young chemists’ network (JCF). Besides his role as vice-chair and treasurer of the JCF regional group in Hannover, he participated as head of conference in the organization of the JCF Spring Symposium in 2022. He represents Germany in the IYCN since 2023. 



JCF Member serves as IYCN chair (2022/23)

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Dr. Torsten John

Torsten John is a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He received his doctorate from Leipzig University, where he investigated peptides on nanoparticle and membrane surfaces. His current research focuses on the self-assembly of DNA nanomaterials. Torsten has been a member of the national board of the JCF (2014-2017), followed by being on the board of the European Young Chemists' Network (2017-2019), and the IYCN (since 2019). Currently, he is serving as the Chair of the IYCN.


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