Benjamin List wins Nobel Prize in Chemistry

Benjamin List wins Nobel Prize in Chemistry

The Nobel Prize in Chemistry is awarded to RESOLV's Principal-Investigator Benjamin List “for the development of asymmetric organocatalysis”! 

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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, it's home to 6 disciplines.


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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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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Feb 2022
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RESOLV's Retreat 2022

Date: 28.02.2022

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Jun 2022

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 seventh Summer School Solvation Science took place from Tuesday 25th to Friday 28th of May 2021.

International speakers, suggested by the students themselves, 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


S. Hasegawa, S. L. Meichsner, J. J. Holstein, A. Baksi, M. Kasanmascheff, G. H. Clever
Long-Lived C60 Radical Anion Stabilized inside an Electron-Deficient Coordination Cage, JACS 143 (2021), 9718–9723, DOI: 10.1021/jacs.1c02860

Z. Fetahaj, L. Ostermeier, H. Cinar, R. Oliva, and R. Winter
Biomolecular Condensates under Extreme Martian Salt Conditions, JACS 60 (2021), 5247–5259, DOI: 10.1021/jacs.1c01832

F. Sebastiani, C. Y. Ma, S. Funke, A. Bäumer, D. Decka, C. Hoberg, A. Esser, H. Forbert, G. Schwaab, D. Marx, M. Havenith
Probing Local Electrostatics of Glycine in Aqueous Solution by THz Spectroscopy, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 60 (2021), 3768-3772, DOI: 10.1002/anie.202014133

P Schienbein, D Marx
Supercritical Water is not Hydrogen Bonded, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 59 (2020), 18578-18585, DOI: 10.1002/anie.202009640

L Galazzo, G Meier, MH Timachi, CAJ Hutter, MA Seeger, E Bordignon
Spin-labeled nanobodies as protein conformational reporters for electron paramagnetic resonance in cellular membranes, PNAS 117 (2020), 2441-2448 DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1913737117

F Sebastiani, TA Bender, S Pezzotti, W-L Li, G Schwaab, RG Bergmann, KN Raymond, FD Toste, T Head-Gordon, M Havenith
An Isolated Water Droplet in the Aqueous Solution of a Supramolecular Tetrahedral Cage, PNAS 117 (2020), 32954-32961, DOI: 10.1073/pnas.2012545117

LM Stratmann, Y Kutin, M Kasanmascheff, GH Clever
Precise Distance Measurements in DNA G-Quadruplex Dimers and Sandwich Complexes by Pulsed Dipolar EPR Spectroscopy, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed 60 (2020), 4939-4947, DOI: 10.1002/anie.202008618

H Darmandeh, VH Gessner
Selective B(C6F5)3-Catalyzed Reactions of α-Diazoesters with Heterocycles and Alkenes, Chem 6 (2020), 2364, DOI: 10.1016/j.chempr.2020.08.006


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