Solvation Science ALIVE

Facts & Figures

Facts & Figures


RESOLV is a cluster of excellence funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG). RESOLV is short for Ruhr Explores Solvation, its DFG code is EXC 1069. The project officially kicked off in November 2012, with the Ruhr University Bochum as host institution. Since then, a growing number of scientist successfully investigate the role of solvents in the most diverse processes, thus laying the foundations for innovative green and medical solutions. RESOLV’s logo is a blue stylised water ripple. in a nutshell (2012-2017)


Million eur funding

The DFG supports RESOLV with 28 Mio. EUR for the period 2012-2017. RESOLV researchers collected further funding for solvation related research, for example from the DFG, the Federal Ministry of Education and Research, the European Research Council (ERC).



RESOLV currently enlists over 200 scientists (professors, independent researchers, postdocs and PhDs) from about 50 research groups in 7 institutions. Our scientists cooperate with more than 30 leading international scientists from over 20 partner institutes worldwide. 


New professorships

Since its inception in 2012, RESOLV appointed 9 new professorships towards the 4 planned. 5 of these professorships went to female scientists, more than 50% of the total.



RESOLV scientists have so far published more than 500 articles on referred journals. Almost 100 of them appeared in Nature, Science, JACS, Angewandte, PNAS, PRL. Around 80 involve more than 2 RESOLV groups. 20 are cover papers.


Honors and awards

RESOLV scientists so far collected more than 85 prizes, among them the prestigious ERC grants, Max Planck fellowships, the Sofja Kovalevskaja Award and the Humbold Research Prize.