RUHR EXPLORES SOLVATION SCIENCE

RUHR EXPLORES SOLVATION SCIENCE

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

WE ARE RESOLV

WE ARE RESOLV

Over 200 scientists from about 50 research groups in 7 institutions

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.

WHAT is RESOLV?

The Cluster of Excellence RESOLV is a joint research project of about fifty research groups from seven institutions in the German Ruhr area. Since 2012, we use cutting-edge experimental and computational techniques to understand the role of solvents at the molecular detail in the most diverse chemical processes. For example, we investigate the influence of water in vital biological processes as well as the effects of solvents on synthesis and catalytic reactions. Our research lays the foundations for major advances in key green and medical technologies. RESOLV is funded with 28 Mio. EUR by the German Research Foundation (DFG).

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2016: A golden year for RESOLV scientists seeking ERC funding

Six RESOLV members will receive a total of 11,5 Mio Euros

By envisioning ground-breaking ideas, six RESOLV members have beaten a fierce competition to receive a total of 11,5 Mio. € funding from the pan-European funding body ERC (European Research Council).

Prof Dr Viktoria Däschlein-Gessner has won an ERC Starting Grant - 1.5 million Euro for five years. The RUB chemist wants to develop new ligand systems with unique bonding properties. These chemical systems have an electron-rich carbon atom at their core and are bound to metals. They could be used to influence the activity of catalysts or to stabilize reactive compounds. 

Dr Nicolas Plumeré has won a ERC Starting Grant - 1.5 million Euro for five years. The head of the RUB Molecular Nanostructures Research Group wants to forge highly active, but fragile catalysts for energy conversion. Plumeré will target naturally occurring enzymes that contain nickel or iron and embed them into stabilizing matrix to produce storable hydrogen. 

Prof Dr Beatriz Roldán Cuenya has won the ERC Consolidator Grant - 2 million Euro for five years. The RUB physicist aims to gain new insights into the catalytic abilities of nanoparticles, particularly how the size, shape and chemical state of the particles change during a catalytic reaction. Roldan will focus on catalysts that convert carbon dioxide into useful chemicals and fuels, such as methanol, ethanol, propanol, methane or ethylene.

Prof Dr Guido Clever has won the ERC Consolidator Grant - 2 million Euro for five years. The chemist from TU Dortmund University will design and synthesize nanometer-size cages and capsules from molecular building blocks. These should pave the way to future applications in the areas of catalysis, nanomedicine and material science.

Prof Dr Martina Havenith has won an ERC Advanced Grant – 2.5 million Euro for five years. The RESOLV coordinator and speaker will develop a ground breaking methodology called “Time-Resolved THz-Calorimetry”. Havenith will tinker with Terahertz (THz) laser spectroscopy to deduce with nanosecond precision how proteins and the surrounding solvent exchange energy and rearrange themselves in a biological process.

Prof Dr Benjamin List has won an ERC Advanced Grant – 2 million Euro for five years. The director at the Max-Planck-Institut für Kohlenforschung in Mülheim an der Ruhr will develop a new class of organocatalysts based on strong carbon-based acids. These new catalysts have the potential to be efficient in the selective synthesis of left-handed and right-handed molecules (the so-called chiral forms). 

 

 

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Viktoria Däschlein-Gessner ©RUB, Kramer
Nicolas Plumeré © RUB, Kramer
Beatriz Roldán Cuenya @RUB, Marquard
Guido Clever ©Oliver Schaper/TU Dortmund
Martina Havenith ©RUB, Marquard
Benjamin List ©MPI für Kohlenforschung

2016: A golden year for RESOLV scientists seeking ERC funding

Six RESOLV members will receive a total of 11,5 Mio Euros

By envisioning ground-breaking ideas, six RESOLV members have beaten a fierce competition to receive a total of 11,5 Mio. € funding from the pan-European funding body ERC (European Research Council).

Prof Dr Viktoria Däschlein-Gessner has won an ERC Starting Grant - 1.5 million Euro for five years. The RUB chemist wants to develop new ligand systems with unique bonding properties. These chemical systems have an electron-rich carbon atom at their core and are bound to metals. They could be used to influence the activity of catalysts or to stabilize reactive compounds. 

Dr Nicolas Plumeré has won a ERC Starting Grant - 1.5 million Euro for five years. The head of the RUB Molecular Nanostructures Research Group wants to forge highly active, but fragile catalysts for energy conversion. Plumeré will target naturally occurring enzymes that contain nickel or iron and embed them into stabilizing matrix to produce storable hydrogen. 

Prof Dr Beatriz Roldán Cuenya has won the ERC Consolidator Grant - 2 million Euro for five years. The RUB physicist aims to gain new insights into the catalytic abilities of nanoparticles, particularly how the size, shape and chemical state of the particles change during a catalytic reaction. Roldan will focus on catalysts that convert carbon dioxide into useful chemicals and fuels, such as methanol, ethanol, propanol, methane or ethylene.

Prof Dr Guido Clever has won the ERC Consolidator Grant - 2 million Euro for five years. The chemist from TU Dortmund University will design and synthesize nanometer-size cages and capsules from molecular building blocks. These should pave the way to future applications in the areas of catalysis, nanomedicine and material science.

Prof Dr Martina Havenith has won an ERC Advanced Grant – 2.5 million Euro for five years. The RESOLV coordinator and speaker will develop a ground breaking methodology called “Time-Resolved THz-Calorimetry”. Havenith will tinker with Terahertz (THz) laser spectroscopy to deduce with nanosecond precision how proteins and the surrounding solvent exchange energy and rearrange themselves in a biological process.

Prof Dr Benjamin List has won an ERC Advanced Grant – 2 million Euro for five years. The director at the Max-Planck-Institut für Kohlenforschung in Mülheim an der Ruhr will develop a new class of organocatalysts based on strong carbon-based acids. These new catalysts have the potential to be efficient in the selective synthesis of left-handed and right-handed molecules (the so-called chiral forms). 

 

 

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Research Area A

Understanding and Exploiting Solvation in Chemical Processes

 

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Research Area B

Connecting Solvation Dynamics with Biomolecular Function

 

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Research Area C

Ion Solvation
and Charge Transfer at Interfaces

 

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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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Viktoria Däschlein-Gessner ©RUB, Kramer
Nicolas Plumeré © RUB, Kramer
Beatriz Roldán Cuenya @RUB, Marquard
Guido Clever ©Oliver Schaper/TU Dortmund
Martina Havenith ©RUB, Marquard
Benjamin List ©MPI für Kohlenforschung

2016: A golden year for RESOLV scientists seeking ERC funding

Six RESOLV members will receive a total of 11,5 Mio Euros

By envisioning ground-breaking ideas, six RESOLV members have beaten a fierce competition to receive a total of 11,5 Mio. € funding from the pan-European funding body ERC (European Research Council).

Prof Dr Viktoria Däschlein-Gessner has won an ERC Starting Grant - 1.5 million Euro for five years. The RUB chemist wants to develop new ligand systems with unique bonding properties. These chemical systems have an electron-rich carbon atom at their core and are bound to metals. They could be used to influence the activity of catalysts or to stabilize reactive compounds. 

Dr Nicolas Plumeré has won a ERC Starting Grant - 1.5 million Euro for five years. The head of the RUB Molecular Nanostructures Research Group wants to forge highly active, but fragile catalysts for energy conversion. Plumeré will target naturally occurring enzymes that contain nickel or iron and embed them into stabilizing matrix to produce storable hydrogen. 

Prof Dr Beatriz Roldán Cuenya has won the ERC Consolidator Grant - 2 million Euro for five years. The RUB physicist aims to gain new insights into the catalytic abilities of nanoparticles, particularly how the size, shape and chemical state of the particles change during a catalytic reaction. Roldan will focus on catalysts that convert carbon dioxide into useful chemicals and fuels, such as methanol, ethanol, propanol, methane or ethylene.

Prof Dr Guido Clever has won the ERC Consolidator Grant - 2 million Euro for five years. The chemist from TU Dortmund University will design and synthesize nanometer-size cages and capsules from molecular building blocks. These should pave the way to future applications in the areas of catalysis, nanomedicine and material science.

Prof Dr Martina Havenith has won an ERC Advanced Grant – 2.5 million Euro for five years. The RESOLV coordinator and speaker will develop a ground breaking methodology called “Time-Resolved THz-Calorimetry”. Havenith will tinker with Terahertz (THz) laser spectroscopy to deduce with nanosecond precision how proteins and the surrounding solvent exchange energy and rearrange themselves in a biological process.

Prof Dr Benjamin List has won an ERC Advanced Grant – 2 million Euro for five years. The director at the Max-Planck-Institut für Kohlenforschung in Mülheim an der Ruhr will develop a new class of organocatalysts based on strong carbon-based acids. These new catalysts have the potential to be efficient in the selective synthesis of left-handed and right-handed molecules (the so-called chiral forms). 

 

 

gss summer school

The 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 fourth GSS Summer School took place from the 6th to the 9th of June, 2017.

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. In 2017 the program of the Summer School comprised a career day, in addition.

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Publications highlight

T. Schleif, J. Mieres-Perez, S. Henkel, M. Ertelt, W. T. Borden, W. Sander
The Cope Rearrangement of 1,5-Dimethylsemibullvalene-2(4)-d1: Experimental Evidence for Heavy-Atom Tunneling
Angew. Chem. 129 (2017), 10886
DOI: 10.1002/ange.201704787 

K. F. Pfister, S. Baader, M. Baader, S. Berndt, L. J. GoossenBiofuel by isomerizing metathesis of rapeseed oil esters with (bio)ethylene for use in contemporary dieses engines
Science Advances  3 (2017),  e1602624
DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.1602624

C. Schuabb, N. Kumar, S. Pataraia, D. Marx, R. Winter
Pressure modulates the self-cleavage step of the hairpin ribozyme
Nature Communications 8 (2017), 14661
DOI: 10.1038/ncomms14661

 

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