Welcome to the Superheavy Element Chemistry Group

at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, GSI Darmstadt,
and Helmholtz Institute Mainz

In Memoriam: Professor Dr. Jens Volker Kratz (1944 – 2024)

On 11 February 2024 Prof. Dr. Jens Volker Kratz passed away at the age of 79.
He was a distinguished nuclear chemist, best known for his work in the field of the heaviest elements and was a former leader of our research group at GSI Darmstadt and at JGU Mainz.

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Photo: B. Kuczewski / private


Our research focuses on the heaviest elements in the periodic table:
the actinides and transactinides.

The main activities include the study of

  • production and nuclear properties of the superheavy elements (SHE)
  • gas-phase chemical studies of transactinide elements and their compounds
  • production of tailor-made actinide samples for chemistry and physics applications