What we do, how and why

Leading solvation research

What effects do solvent molecules have on diverse phenomena like corrosion, deep sea life or enzymatic reactions in cells? Since 2012, we mix our expertise in chemistry, physics and biology to answer these questions.

We apply laser spectroscopy, scanning microscopy, molecular dynamics simulations and other cutting-edge technologies. We investigate the faintest interactions between solvent molecules, like water, and the molecules of dissolved materials, like proteins or iron for example. Our research is essential to advance technologies that could reduce pollution, increase the efficiency of energy conversion and storage, prevent corrosion, or enhance drug delivery.

RESOLV mission is to establish Solvation Science as a new discipline, to inspire and train new generations of scientist and to provide society with valuable knowledge for future applications.

RESOLV trains around 100 PhD students, collaborates with over 20 partners around the world, fosters gender equality and technology transfer.



RESOLV in a nutshell (2012-2017)

Who we are

200 scientists from 7 institutions in the German Ruhr Area team up in the Cluster of Excellence Ruhr Explores Solvation (RESOLV in short). The Ruhr-Universität Bochum (RUB) hosts the cluster. Prof. Dr. Martina Havenith from RUB is the cluster Speaker and Coordinator.

Strategic Partnerships

International Faculty

Our international network of more than 20 top institutions reaching from the US to Europe and Asia.

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Partner Institute CALSOLV

California explores Solvation, our partner consortium at UC Berkeley, enables fruitful scientific exchange.

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Seven strong institutions from the Ruhr area join forces to do excellent research on Solvation Science.

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Home of Solvation science

The new research building at the Ruhr university bochum

The Center of Molecular Spectroscopy and Simulation of Solvent-driven Processes (ZEMOS - short in German) is the first research building for Solvation Science in the world. Co-funded by the German Federal Government and the the State of North Rhine-Westphalia, ZEMOS opened in May 2016. The four-story construction has an S shape that recalls the first letter of the main technology platforms hosted inside: spectroscopy, simulation and solvation.

In ZEMOS, architecture and design come together to foster innovative and unconventional scientific thinking: In the colorful and transparent interior, national and international scientists find bright offices, common spaces for scientific discussions and place for large equipment.

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44 MIO. €

Total Area
Total Area

4000 M2


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The core of RESOLV expertise comprises about 50 leaders from all partner institutions. These top researchers and their collaborators put their diverse knowledge at disposal for the following research areas:

A: Understanding and Exploiting Solvation in Chemical Processes
B: Connecting Solvation Dynamics with Biomolecular Function
C: Ion Solvation and Charge Transfer at Interfaces

Technology transfer

TranSOLV from Basic Research to Application

A RESOLV-Hub for our third mission, TranSOLV ensures that what we discover finds its way into society in the form of new technology. Our members cooperate closely in TranSOLV, which operates as drop-in center in RESOLV’s research building ZEMOS. Have a look at our many services, we will be happy to serve you.

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Interested in sharing know-how, projects, labs? It all starts with talking to each other, let’s take our science to your business!


Interested in solvation research ? We welcome you as a visitor to RESOLV.


Eager to explore opportunities beyond your research? Then drop-in at TranSOLV and talk to us.