9th Summer School Solvation Science

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

The 9th Summer School Solvation Science will take place from May 30th – June 2nd 2023 in Bochum

The lectures will focus on Solvation in living systems and biology; laser, spectroscopy and instruments to explore Solvation; nanomaterials; and Solvation structure and dynamics (macroscopic to nanoscale). As every year, there are also advanced laboratory hands-on modules on various topics. Check out Hands-On Series 2023  to see a list of confirmed laboratory modules.

In addition to the lectures and lab hands-on modules, career part with invited professionals outside academia will be offered.

The Summer School will start with a welcome program " Tour Boatinic Garden" and " Moonshot-Innovation Game", that will take place in parallel.

We encourage keen and motivated Master and PhD students with an interest in Solvation Science, both from our local partner institutes and international students, to register at our Summer School.



We are pleased to welcome internationally renowned speakers in the field of Solvation Science to give keynote talks on their research during the Lecture Series. The session topics for 2023 are Biomolecular Systems, Lasers, Spectroscopy and Instruments to Explore Solvation, Nanomaterials and Solvation Structure and Dynamics (macroscopis to nanoscale) .

The Lecture Series is organized and chaired by members of our Graduate School and Early Career Researchers . Students are encouraged to continue the conversation throughout the week.

Program 2023

Welcome Events

Hands-On Modules

Summer school Flyer

Program Summer School Solvation Science 2023

Tuesday, May 30th

Time Name and Affiliation Talk Title
09:30–09:40 Dr. Mario Wiesenfeldt ECR Board, Ruhr-Universität Bochum Welcome
Welcome Program
09:40–13:00   Tour Botanic Garden or Moonshot - Innovation Game
13:00–14:15   Lunch Break
Biomolecular Systems, Chair: Sanjana Nalige
14:15–15:15 Prof. Dr. Tomohiro Hayashi, Toyko Institute of Technology Hydration of biomaterials: mechanism underlying protein and cell resistance
15:15–16:15 Prof. Dr. David Konrad, Ludwig-Maximilans-Universität München Unlocking the Potential of Late-Stage Functionalization for Medicinal Chemistry by Integrating High-Throughput Experimentation with Geometric Deep Learning
16:15–16:45   Coffee Break
16:45–17:45 Dr. David Zwicker, Max-Planck-Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organization Physical mechanisms for controlling phase separation inside biological cells
18:00-21:00   Welcome dinner at ZEMOS

Wednesday, May 31st

Time Name and Affiliation Talk Title
09:00–09:15 Dr. Martin Rabe - ECR Board Member, Max-Planck-Institut für Eisenforschung, Düsseldorf Welcome
Lasers, Spectroscopy and Instruments to Explore Solvation, Chair: Philipp Meyer
09:15–10:15 Dr. Fabio Novelli, Ruhr-Universität Bochum Terahertz and water
10:15–11:15 Prof. Dr. Sylvie Roke, Ècole Polytechnique Fèdèrale de Lausanne Aqueous Nanoscale Systems
11:15–11:30   Coffee Break
11:30–12:30 Prof. Dr. David Leitner, University of Nevada, Reno Dynamics of water around intrinsically disordered proteins elucidated by simulation and spectroscopy
12:30–14:00   Lunch Break
Nanomaterials, Chair: Phillip Galonska
14:00–15:00 Prof. Dr. Alexander Bittner, CIC nanoGUNE Thin Water layers on Biosurfaces
15:00–16:00 Dr. Constanze Neumann, Max-Planck-Institut für Kohlenforschung, Mülheim Atomic Layer Deposition for Catalyst Synthesis
16:00–16:30   Coffee Break
16:30–17:30 Prof. Dr. Jan Rossmeisl, University of Copenhagen Catalysis on High Entropy Alloys
17:30–17:45 Award Ceremony "Student Challenge Solvation Sciene"
17:45–21:00   Get-together at ZEMOS

Thursday, June 1st

Time Name and Affiliation Talk Title
09:00–09:15 Dr. Celià Millon - ECR Board Member, Ruhr-Universität Bochum Welcome
Solvation Structure and Dynamics (macroscopic to nanscale), Chair: Prakash Duari
09:15–10:15 Dr. Ellen Adams, Technische Universität Dresden Probing Protein Hydration with Terahertz Spectroscopy
10:15–11:15 Prof. Dr. Wolgang Schuhmann, Ruhr-Universität Bochum What do we learn for energy conversion reactions from single-particle electrocatalysis?
11:15–11:30   Coffee Break
11:30–12:30 Dr. Vanessa Bukas, Fritz-Haber-Institut Berlin

First step of the oxygen reduction reaction on Au(111): A computational study of O2 adsorption at the electrified metal/water interface.

12:30–14:00   Lunch Break
Career Part, Moderator: Sanjana Nalige
12:30–14:00 Dr. Lisa Candish Lab Head, Synthetic Modalities at Bayer AG Research & Development, Pharmaceuticals
12:30–14:00 Dr. Lisa Pecher Senior Associate Editor at Angewandte Chemie, Wiley-VCH
12:30–14:00 Dr. Thomas Engels Scientific Fellow at Henkel AG Adhesives Technologies, Advanced Characterization
12:30–14:00 Dr.-Ing. Marie Jaroni Head of Decarbonization SE-DCB at thyssenkrupp Steel Europe AG
14:00-18:00 Panel discussion with Dr. Lisa Candish, Dr. Lisa Pecher, Dr. Thomas Engels, Dr.-Ing. Marie Jaroni
18:00–21:00 Get-together BBQ at Beckmannshof

Friday, June 2nd

Advanced laboratory hands-on modules on various topics at RESOLV’s participating institutes. Check out Hands-On Series 2023