MUNICH, Germany - Wacker Chemie AG has endowed an Institute of Silicon Chemistry within the Faculty of Chemistry at the Technical University of Munich. WACKER is one of the world’s biggest manufacturers of hyper-pure silicon and silicones.

The new institute will be under the direction of the chair of Macromolecular Chemistry, which will in the future carry the name WACKER. WACKER will finance the new institute completely for at least six years and also help to finance the WACKER chair. The chemicals group has earmarked €6 million for this purpose. The funds will be used for research projects and grants, and for research and project-related purchases. Potential beneficiaries of institute grants will include some 50 doctoral candidates.