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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Equal opportunity at work

More than 80 scientists and those interested in issues related to 'gender and science' joined a two-day meeting at ETH Zurich, organized by the National Center of Competence MUST — where ETH is one the leading houses — and the Excellence Cluster RESOLV, hosted at the Ruhr-Universität Bochum. Source: ETH Zurich/D-PHYS

"We have to change the institutions, not to fix the women", said Prof. Ursula Keller in her introductory presentation to the two-day Gender and Science Meeting that took place at ETH Zurich on 13 and 14 September. And she is in a position to effectivley help doing that. Keller is a professor at the Institute for Quantum Electronics in the ETH Department of Physics and serves as the Director of the National Centre of Competence NCCR MUST, an interdisciplinary research programme in 'ultrafast science' launched by the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) in 2010.  

Since its launch, one important component of the MUST network has been the support, promotion and discussion of equal opportunities for female and male researchers. Whereas gender equality is one of the stated goals of the overall NCCR programme, MUST stands out as a good example of how diverse measures have been implemented, emphasised SNSF Director Angelika Kalt when speaking at the meeting.

One particularly noteworthy example of how institutional changes can make a difference is that of the ETH Women Professors Forum. This network of female faculty members makes their expertise available to encourage young women to pursue a career in science or engineering. It was originally created and established by NCCR MUST, then consolidated within ETH Zurich and later expanded to EPF Lausanne and to other institutions in Switzerland and beyond.

A part of the international effort pursued by NCCR MUST is also the regular exchange with colleagues at the German Excellence Cluster RESOLV, hosted at the Ruhr-Universität Bochum. These meetings were so far typically for female participants only, but the most recent MUST/RESOLV event in Zurich was now explicitly open to everyone — an opportunity that was evidently taken, reflected in a notable fraction of men in the audience.

During the two days, the participants heard, and discussed with, speakers from Switzerland and Europe who made presentations on key issues and current initiatives to counter gender imbalance in science, including talks on recent research on equal opportunities, experiences gathered in different countries, barriers to career development, the balance of family life and scientific research, and on many other topics.

The collected presentations given at the meeting can be found on the NCCR MUST website.

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Photo: ETH Zurich/D-PHYS Heidi Hostettler

Equal opportunity at work

More than 80 scientists and those interested in issues related to 'gender and science' joined a two-day meeting at ETH Zurich, organized by the National Center of Competence MUST — where ETH is one the leading houses — and the Excellence Cluster RESOLV, hosted at the Ruhr-Universität Bochum. Source: ETH Zurich/D-PHYS

"We have to change the institutions, not to fix the women", said Prof. Ursula Keller in her introductory presentation to the two-day Gender and Science Meeting that took place at ETH Zurich on 13 and 14 September. And she is in a position to effectivley help doing that. Keller is a professor at the Institute for Quantum Electronics in the ETH Department of Physics and serves as the Director of the National Centre of Competence NCCR MUST, an interdisciplinary research programme in 'ultrafast science' launched by the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) in 2010.  

Since its launch, one important component of the MUST network has been the support, promotion and discussion of equal opportunities for female and male researchers. Whereas gender equality is one of the stated goals of the overall NCCR programme, MUST stands out as a good example of how diverse measures have been implemented, emphasised SNSF Director Angelika Kalt when speaking at the meeting.

One particularly noteworthy example of how institutional changes can make a difference is that of the ETH Women Professors Forum. This network of female faculty members makes their expertise available to encourage young women to pursue a career in science or engineering. It was originally created and established by NCCR MUST, then consolidated within ETH Zurich and later expanded to EPF Lausanne and to other institutions in Switzerland and beyond.

A part of the international effort pursued by NCCR MUST is also the regular exchange with colleagues at the German Excellence Cluster RESOLV, hosted at the Ruhr-Universität Bochum. These meetings were so far typically for female participants only, but the most recent MUST/RESOLV event in Zurich was now explicitly open to everyone — an opportunity that was evidently taken, reflected in a notable fraction of men in the audience.

During the two days, the participants heard, and discussed with, speakers from Switzerland and Europe who made presentations on key issues and current initiatives to counter gender imbalance in science, including talks on recent research on equal opportunities, experiences gathered in different countries, barriers to career development, the balance of family life and scientific research, and on many other topics.

The collected presentations given at the meeting can be found on the NCCR MUST website.

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Our scientific fields

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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Photo: ETH Zurich/D-PHYS Heidi Hostettler

Equal opportunity at work

More than 80 scientists and those interested in issues related to 'gender and science' joined a two-day meeting at ETH Zurich, organized by the National Center of Competence MUST — where ETH is one the leading houses — and the Excellence Cluster RESOLV, hosted at the Ruhr-Universität Bochum. Source: ETH Zurich/D-PHYS

"We have to change the institutions, not to fix the women", said Prof. Ursula Keller in her introductory presentation to the two-day Gender and Science Meeting that took place at ETH Zurich on 13 and 14 September. And she is in a position to effectivley help doing that. Keller is a professor at the Institute for Quantum Electronics in the ETH Department of Physics and serves as the Director of the National Centre of Competence NCCR MUST, an interdisciplinary research programme in 'ultrafast science' launched by the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) in 2010.  

Since its launch, one important component of the MUST network has been the support, promotion and discussion of equal opportunities for female and male researchers. Whereas gender equality is one of the stated goals of the overall NCCR programme, MUST stands out as a good example of how diverse measures have been implemented, emphasised SNSF Director Angelika Kalt when speaking at the meeting.

One particularly noteworthy example of how institutional changes can make a difference is that of the ETH Women Professors Forum. This network of female faculty members makes their expertise available to encourage young women to pursue a career in science or engineering. It was originally created and established by NCCR MUST, then consolidated within ETH Zurich and later expanded to EPF Lausanne and to other institutions in Switzerland and beyond.

A part of the international effort pursued by NCCR MUST is also the regular exchange with colleagues at the German Excellence Cluster RESOLV, hosted at the Ruhr-Universität Bochum. These meetings were so far typically for female participants only, but the most recent MUST/RESOLV event in Zurich was now explicitly open to everyone — an opportunity that was evidently taken, reflected in a notable fraction of men in the audience.

During the two days, the participants heard, and discussed with, speakers from Switzerland and Europe who made presentations on key issues and current initiatives to counter gender imbalance in science, including talks on recent research on equal opportunities, experiences gathered in different countries, barriers to career development, the balance of family life and scientific research, and on many other topics.

The collected presentations given at the meeting can be found on the NCCR MUST website.

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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. Goossen
Biofuel 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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