“We want to get young people excited about science, and particularly chemistry,” explains Silke Jansen, Director of the LANXESS Education Initiative. “This works best via the practical experience of research and experimentation.” To these ends, LANXESS is investing a total of around 25,000 euros.
The 16 ninth graders from the Albert Schweitzer School in Krefeld have chosen “Acids & Alkalies”. Acids are contained, for example, in cleaning products and descaling agents, but are also used for the manufacture of plastics, dyes and fertilizers. Alkalies are, for example, components in laundry detergent and oven sprays, but are also used for soap production as well as the cleaning of wood in paper production. In the food department, they are omnipresent in the famous pretzel. Before baking, the pretzel is dipped in thinned caustic soda, which is where they got their German name from (Laugen-Brezel).