New Years Reception

New Years Reception

RESOLV celebrates the New Year's Reception

A Warm Welcome

A Warm Welcome

Our new members will further enhance the excellence science in the ruhr area!



Over 200 scientists from about 50 research groups in 6 institutions

Opportunitites for Researchers at Risk

Opportunitites for Researchers at Risk

We offer 6-month stipends for Ukranian and Iranian Researchers in the field of Solvation Science!



We shape a new scientific discipline, inspire the scientists of tomorrow, and enable future technologies

ZEMOS: Home of Solvation Science @RUB

ZEMOS: Home of Solvation Science @RUB

The first research building for Solvation Science in the world. Hosts over 100 scientists and is home to 6 disciplines.

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Machine Learning Potentials: From Interfaces to Solution


The Cluster of Excellence RESOLV is an interdisciplinary research project of the Ruhr University Bochum and the TU Dortmund University, as well as four other institutions in the German Ruhr area. Since 2012, about 200 scientists cooperate to clarify how the solvent is involved in the control, mediation and regulation of chemical reactions. Our research is essential to advance technologies that could reuse CO2 for chemicals production, increase the efficiency of energy conversion and storage and develop smart sensors. RESOLV is funded by the German Federal Government and the state of North Rhine-Westphalia with 42 Mio. EUR over the period 2019-2025. 

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Our scientific fields

Research Area I

Local Solvent Fluctuations in Heterogeneous Systems


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Research Area II

Solvent Control of Chemical Dynamics and Reactivity


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Research Area III

Solvation under Extreme Conditions


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Video: The solvent of life

Water. It’s the most abundant substance on Earth´s surface and in our bodies. But is water a passive spectator in the animated scene of bio-chemical reactions inside our cells? RESOLV scientists investigate the important role that water plays in the most diverse processes, bringing solvation science into the spotlight.

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Mar 2024
  • Highlight

RESOLV's Retreat 2024

Date: 13.03.2024

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Aug 2024
  • Outreach

Summer Camp 2024

Date: 12.08.2024

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Aug 2024
  • Workshop

CECAM Flagship Workshop

Date: 27.08.2024

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igss summer school

The integrated Graduate School Solvation Science hosts an annual Summer School at the Ruhr University Bochum. The school always takes place during Whitsuntide and is an integral part of the GSS students' training during their doctoral studies.

The tenthSummer School Solvation Science will take place from Tuesday 21th to Friday 24th of may 2024 in Bochum.


International speakers, suggested by a committee of iGSS students, are invited to give keynote talks on their research in the field of Solvation Science. The Advanced Laboratory Modules give the students an excellent opportunity to learn new and interesting experimental and theoretical techniques within a specific research topic of their own choice. 

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Publication highlights

Y. Cao, J. Mieres-Perez, J. F. Rowen, E. Sanchez-Garcia, W. Sander, K. Morgenstern
Chirality control of a single carbene molecule by tip-induced van der Waals interactions, Nature Communications 14 (2023),4500, DOI: 1038/s41467-023-39870-y

T. van Lingen, V. Bragoni, M. Dyga, B. Exner, L. Goossen, D. Schick, C. Held, G. Sadowski
Carboxylation of Acetylene without Salt Waste: Green Synthesis of C4 Chemicals Enabled by a CO2-Pressure Induced Acidity Switch, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 62 (2023), e202303882, DOI 10.1002/anie.202303882

F. Novelli, K. Chen, A. Buchmann, T. Ockelmann, C. Hoberg, T. Head-Gordon, M. Havenith
The birth and evolution of solvated electrons in the water, PNAS 120 (2023), e2216480120, DOI:10.1073/pnas.2216480120

J. Daru, H. Forbert, J. Behler, D. Marx
Coupled Cluster Molecular Dynamics of Condensed Phase Systems Enabled by Machine Learning Potentials: Liquid Water Benchmark, Phys. Rev. Lett. 129 (2022), 226001, DOI:10.1103/PhysRevLett.129.226001

J. Duan, A. Hemschemeier, D. J. Burr, S. T. Stripp, E. Hofmann, T. Happe
Cyanide binding to [FeFe]-hydrogenase stabilizes the alternative configuration of the proton transfer pathway, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed, 64 (2022),e202216903, DOI: 10.1002/anie.202216903

T. Schleif, M.P. Merini, S. Henkel, W. Sander,
Solvation Effects on Quantum Tunneling Reactions, Acc. Chem. Res 55 (2022), 2180–2190, DOI: 10.1021/acs.accounts.2c00151


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