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We cordially invite you to the Mediterranean Conference on the Applications of the Mössbauer Effect (MECAME 2016) organized in the honor of Prof. Dr. Philipp Gütlich (Johannes Gutenberg University, Mainz, Germany).

We will celebrate his many eminent scientific contributions in the area of physical inorganic chemistry, especially in studies of dynamic electronic structure phenomena and magnetism of transition metal compounds, of Mössbauer Emission Spectroscopy of physical and chemical after effects of nuclear decay in coordination compounds, of surface physics and chemistry, and industrial applications of Mössbauer Spectroscopy, to name a few.

The Conference will take place from 31 May to 03 June, 2016 at Remisens Hotel Albatros, Cavtat, Croatia.

MECAME2016 is organized with objectives to promote the mutual understandings of the researchers, who are using Mössbauer Spectroscopy and related techniques in materials science, solid state chemistry and physics, coordination chemistry, environmental sciences, earth and planetary science.

This conference also aims at contributions dealing with biological and medical applications of Mössbauer Spectroscopy. Physical and chemical techniques related to Mössbauer Spectroscopy are also very welcome in the context of multi-analytical approaches in materials science and technology.Special emphasis will focus on progress in developments and methods using synchrotron radiation for NRS and SR Mössbauer Absorption experiments, the recently opened new pathways extending classical Mössbauer spectroscopy.

The researchers and scientists from beyond the Mediterranean region are also heartily invited to participate in MECAME 2016. To encourage young researchers and PhD students, Young Scientist Best Paper Awards will be selected from “oral” and “poster” presentations.


  • Nanomaterials and Thin Films
  • Magnetic and Optical Materials
  • Materials Science and Industrial Applications
  • Lattice Dynamics and Solid State Physics
  • Coordination Chemistry and Solid State Chemistry
  • Environmental Science and Catalysis
  • Earth and Planetary Sciences
  • Biological and Medical Applications
  • Synchrotron Mössbauer Spectroscopy

Prof. Dr. Philipp Gütlich

Prof. Philipp Gütlich graduated (Diplom-Ingenieur, Dr.-Ingenieur) from the Technical University Darmstadt/Germany.

At the beginning of his academic career he used radiochemical methods to study the kinetics and mechanisms of heterogeneous exchange reactions on the surface of ionic crystals. At that time, he has also solved certain problems in hot-atom chemistry.

Very soon after the discovery of the „Recoilless Nuclear Resonance Fluorescence“ by R. Mössbauer he had the chance in the mid-sixties to collaborate as a postdoctoral fellow with physicists at Brookhaven National Laboratory (USA) on applications of the Mössbauer effect in solid state research. This formed the basis of his Habilitation Thesis „Applications of the Mössbauer Effect in Chemistry“ presented at the Technical University of Darmstadt in 1970. Thereafter, Mössbauer spectroscopy became the main technique of his research in studying electronic and molecular structure and magnetic properties in solid state chemistry and physics.

After moving to the University of Mainz in 1975 (Full Professorship of Inorganic and Analytical Chemistry) he and his coworkers have installed other physical techniques like magnetic measurements, optical and vibrational (IR, FAR-IR, Raman) spectroscopy, diffraction methods, and calorimetry, all equipped with low temperature facilities down to the liquid helium range.

Prof. Philipp Gütlich and his research group at the University of Mainz have further developed special experimental techniques for Mössbauer spectroscopy of, e.g. depth-selective surface studies with scattering methods, time-integral and time-differential emission experiments and work with short-lived Mössbauer sources (e.g. 61Ni with only 99 minutes half-life).

His research group (altogether ca. 20-25 scientific persons on average during the last 30 years) always comprised chemists and physicists, which has enabled them to span the work from the synthesis of the material, characterization by physical methods, and interpretation of measured data using existing theories and creating new models. His work during the past four decades may be classified grossly as follows:

  • Thermal, light- and pressure-induced spin transition phenomena in (mainly) iron(II) coordination compounds
  • Physical and chemical after-effects of nuclear decay in inorganic solids
  • Applications of Mössbauer spectroscopy to different problems of solid state research, including industrial applications
  • Instrumental development of Mössbauer spectroscopy and other physical techniques employed in Materials Science

Prof. Philipp Gütlich has published about 480 scientific articles which earned more than 14.000 citations. Together with Harold A. Goodwin he edited the first comprehensive book on “Spin Crossover in Transition Metal Compounds”, which appeared in 2004 in the Springer Series “Topics in Current Chemistry” and comprises three volumes. He also published a book on “Mössbauer Spectroscopy and Transition Metal Chemistry – Fundamentals and Applications”, Springer (Heidelberg, Dordrecht, London, New York), 2011, together with Echkard Bill and Alfred X. Trautwein.

Prof. Gütlich received numerous awards and honors for his scientific achievements.

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