Since the foundation of RWTH Aachen University, the Institute of Inorganic Chemistry has dedicated its efforts to researching and teaching the full breadth of inorganic chemistry. Already since the age of Landolt (1880) and Classen (1882) groundbreaking inorganic research has been performed in Aachen. In the early 20th century, the fundamental contributions of Benrath in coordination chemistry and Schwarz in silicon chemistry stood out, in the following decades the not less seminal studies of Paetzold in boron chemistry, Bronger in chemistry of chalkogenides and hydrides and of Herberich inorganometallic chemistry. In this proud tradition, the current spectrum of topics ranges from solid state chemistry, coordination chemistry, electrochemistry and magnetochemistry via organometallic chemistry and catalysis up to interdisciplinary themes such as bioinorganic chemistry, supramolecular chemistry and nanochemistry.

As chair of solid state and quantum chemistry, Richard Dronskowski has conducted research since 1997, investigating preparative solid state chemistry and the theoretical chemistry of solid matter whereas Ulrich Simon has been the chair of inorganic chemistry and electrochemistry the chemistry of nanostructured materials and sensors since 2000. Since 2003 Jun Okuda has held the chair of organometallic chemistry molecular metal hydries and artificial metalloenzymes. Sonja Herres-Pawlis has been chair of bioinorganic chemistry model complexes for metalloenzymes and sustainable polymerisation catalysts since 2005. Paul Kögerler has been the head of the teaching and research area molecular magnetism since 2006 in Aachen and at the Peter-Grünberg-Institute of Forschungszentrum Jülich has conducted research activities on molecular magnetism and molecular spintronics. Since 2010, Iris Oppel has been investigating supramolecular systems in the teaching and research area of inorganic functional materials. Ulli Englert has performed the crystallography of molecular crystals and especially the chemistry of metalorganic complexes since 1989.

Further details can be found at under IAC Groups.