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WE ARE RESOLV

WE ARE RESOLV

Over 200 scientists from about 50 research groups in 6 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 an interdisciplinary research project of the Ruhr University Bochum and the TU Dortmund University, as well as four other institutions in the German Ruhr area. Since 2012, about 200 scientists cooperate to clarify how the solvent is involved in the control, mediation and regulation of chemical reactions. Our research is essential to advance technologies that could reuse CO2 for chemicals production, increase the efficiency of energy conversion and storage and develop smart sensors. RESOLV is funded by the German Federal Government and the state of North Rhine-Westphalia with 42 Mio. EUR over the period 2019-2025. 

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A happy Serena Alfarano after the PhD defense

My PhD defence with slippers

Due to the COVID-19 crisis, I had to discuss my PhD thesis from remote. Here is how.

On 18 March 2020 the Ruhr University Bochum, the place where I work, closed every activity in compliance with the current measures that Germany is adopting to stop the spreading of the coronavirus COVID-19. And this just six days before my PhD discussion, the biggest milestone of my research career. What a luck! It was a big blow, but I’m not someone who quits at the first stumble. I asked the Doctorate Board if it was still possible for me to defend the PhD as scheduled. At first, we agreed on a “closed doors” session with three members of the committee and myself at the four corners of a room. But it proved to be impossible with the new regulations. Therefore, the whole committee decided to go for a virtual disputation, using an online conference tool. They were able to finalize the details in less than 48 hours, just before the defence!

A meticulous preparation

Staying at home actually helps me to concentrate better. During my university years I was always used to repeat loudly what I was studying and therefore I took advantage of this "quarantine" period to try at home my talk freely, without others’ ears listening to me. The preparation was then simple, also because I did most of it already in the period before the closure of RUB.

Pros and contra

As for everything, there are advantages and disadvantages. The disadvantages: I was super worried that the internet connection could break, forcing me to suspend or repeat the exam; I had to perform the exam alone, without the physical presence of the colleagues, family and friends – and of my mum, who has always the power to calm me down. But there are also advantages: We are lucky to live in the 21th century and in the Interconnected Era, so we quickly found a plan B, the remote option. Additionally, my mum was often in streaming connection with me simultaneously with my sister and my best friend and both of them where video chatting with other friends and family members to cheer me up and to test my internet connection in the days before the exam. On top of that, everyone in the committee, in the PhD board and in the department was super available for questions, solving doubts and looking for quick solutions in case of problems, working also during late evenings in the weekend. I was very lucky and, even if I was alone at home, I never felt forgotten.

Celebrate good times…Come on! (will do) 

In the end everything went smoothly and I could successfully defend my PhD thesis in solvation science with the title "THz spectroscopy of aqueous solutions: Conditions beyond the ambient”. I will celebrate whenever there will be the possibility to meet everyone together. In the meantime, I prepared for me and my partner Manuel "panzerotti", a typical food of my home region in Italy (Puglia, one of the most beautiful place in the world!). They are prepared in occasion of large family or friends meetings. We had online dinner together with friends (everyone in his/her own apartment, spread around Italy and the whole world). So it was still feeling like a celebration.

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About the author

Serena Alfarano from Noci, Italia, earned her PhD from Ruhr-University Bochum in March 2020 under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Martina Havenith. During the PhD time she developed and tested new electrochemical cells suitable for spectroscopy studies in Raman and in th THz regime for decipher the role of water in a reaction.

 

Posted on
A momento of Alfarano's talk
The first slide of Alfarano's Talk
A moment of relax during Alfarano's talk
A happy Serena Alfarano after the PhD defense

My PhD defence with slippers

Due to the COVID-19 crisis, I had to discuss my PhD thesis from remote. Here is how.

On 18 March 2020 the Ruhr University Bochum, the place where I work, closed every activity in compliance with the current measures that Germany is adopting to stop the spreading of the coronavirus COVID-19. And this just six days before my PhD discussion, the biggest milestone of my research career. What a luck! It was a big blow, but I’m not someone who quits at the first stumble. I asked the Doctorate Board if it was still possible for me to defend the PhD as scheduled. At first, we agreed on a “closed doors” session with three members of the committee and myself at the four corners of a room. But it proved to be impossible with the new regulations. Therefore, the whole committee decided to go for a virtual disputation, using an online conference tool. They were able to finalize the details in less than 48 hours, just before the defence!

A meticulous preparation

Staying at home actually helps me to concentrate better. During my university years I was always used to repeat loudly what I was studying and therefore I took advantage of this "quarantine" period to try at home my talk freely, without others’ ears listening to me. The preparation was then simple, also because I did most of it already in the period before the closure of RUB.

Pros and contra

As for everything, there are advantages and disadvantages. The disadvantages: I was super worried that the internet connection could break, forcing me to suspend or repeat the exam; I had to perform the exam alone, without the physical presence of the colleagues, family and friends – and of my mum, who has always the power to calm me down. But there are also advantages: We are lucky to live in the 21th century and in the Interconnected Era, so we quickly found a plan B, the remote option. Additionally, my mum was often in streaming connection with me simultaneously with my sister and my best friend and both of them where video chatting with other friends and family members to cheer me up and to test my internet connection in the days before the exam. On top of that, everyone in the committee, in the PhD board and in the department was super available for questions, solving doubts and looking for quick solutions in case of problems, working also during late evenings in the weekend. I was very lucky and, even if I was alone at home, I never felt forgotten.

Celebrate good times…Come on! (will do) 

In the end everything went smoothly and I could successfully defend my PhD thesis in solvation science with the title "THz spectroscopy of aqueous solutions: Conditions beyond the ambient”. I will celebrate whenever there will be the possibility to meet everyone together. In the meantime, I prepared for me and my partner Manuel "panzerotti", a typical food of my home region in Italy (Puglia, one of the most beautiful place in the world!). They are prepared in occasion of large family or friends meetings. We had online dinner together with friends (everyone in his/her own apartment, spread around Italy and the whole world). So it was still feeling like a celebration.

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About the author

Serena Alfarano from Noci, Italia, earned her PhD from Ruhr-University Bochum in March 2020 under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Martina Havenith. During the PhD time she developed and tested new electrochemical cells suitable for spectroscopy studies in Raman and in th THz regime for decipher the role of water in a reaction.

 

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Research Area I

Local Solvent Fluctuations in Heterogeneous Systems

 

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Research Area II

Solvent Control of Chemical Dynamics and Reactivity

 

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Research Area III

Solvation under Extreme Conditions

 

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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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A momento of Alfarano's talk
The first slide of Alfarano's Talk
A moment of relax during Alfarano's talk
A happy Serena Alfarano after the PhD defense

My PhD defence with slippers

Due to the COVID-19 crisis, I had to discuss my PhD thesis from remote. Here is how.

On 18 March 2020 the Ruhr University Bochum, the place where I work, closed every activity in compliance with the current measures that Germany is adopting to stop the spreading of the coronavirus COVID-19. And this just six days before my PhD discussion, the biggest milestone of my research career. What a luck! It was a big blow, but I’m not someone who quits at the first stumble. I asked the Doctorate Board if it was still possible for me to defend the PhD as scheduled. At first, we agreed on a “closed doors” session with three members of the committee and myself at the four corners of a room. But it proved to be impossible with the new regulations. Therefore, the whole committee decided to go for a virtual disputation, using an online conference tool. They were able to finalize the details in less than 48 hours, just before the defence!

A meticulous preparation

Staying at home actually helps me to concentrate better. During my university years I was always used to repeat loudly what I was studying and therefore I took advantage of this "quarantine" period to try at home my talk freely, without others’ ears listening to me. The preparation was then simple, also because I did most of it already in the period before the closure of RUB.

Pros and contra

As for everything, there are advantages and disadvantages. The disadvantages: I was super worried that the internet connection could break, forcing me to suspend or repeat the exam; I had to perform the exam alone, without the physical presence of the colleagues, family and friends – and of my mum, who has always the power to calm me down. But there are also advantages: We are lucky to live in the 21th century and in the Interconnected Era, so we quickly found a plan B, the remote option. Additionally, my mum was often in streaming connection with me simultaneously with my sister and my best friend and both of them where video chatting with other friends and family members to cheer me up and to test my internet connection in the days before the exam. On top of that, everyone in the committee, in the PhD board and in the department was super available for questions, solving doubts and looking for quick solutions in case of problems, working also during late evenings in the weekend. I was very lucky and, even if I was alone at home, I never felt forgotten.

Celebrate good times…Come on! (will do) 

In the end everything went smoothly and I could successfully defend my PhD thesis in solvation science with the title "THz spectroscopy of aqueous solutions: Conditions beyond the ambient”. I will celebrate whenever there will be the possibility to meet everyone together. In the meantime, I prepared for me and my partner Manuel "panzerotti", a typical food of my home region in Italy (Puglia, one of the most beautiful place in the world!). They are prepared in occasion of large family or friends meetings. We had online dinner together with friends (everyone in his/her own apartment, spread around Italy and the whole world). So it was still feeling like a celebration.

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About the author

Serena Alfarano from Noci, Italia, earned her PhD from Ruhr-University Bochum in March 2020 under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Martina Havenith. During the PhD time she developed and tested new electrochemical cells suitable for spectroscopy studies in Raman and in th THz regime for decipher the role of water in a reaction.

 

igss summer school

The integrated 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 seventh Summer School Solvation Science has been cancelled for 2020 due to the current pandemic caused by the virus COVID-19. Stay tuned for updates!

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. 

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Publications highlight

R Schwan, C Qu, D Mani, N Pal L van der Meer, B Redlich, C Leforestier, JM Bowman, G Schwaab, M Havenith
Observation of the Low-Frequency Spectrum of the Water Dimer as a Sensitive Test of the Water Dimer Potential and Dipole Moment Surfaces, Angew. Chem. 58 (2019), DOI: 10.1002/anie.201906048

N Berger, LJB Wollny, P Sokkar, S Mittal, J Mieres-Perez, R Stoll, W Sander, E Sanchez-Garcia
Solvent-Enhanced Conformational Flexibility of Cyclic Tetrapeptides, ChemPhysChem 20 (2019), 1664, DOI: 10.1002/cphc.201900345

A El Arrassi, Z Liu, MV Evers, N Blanc, G Bendt, S Saddeler, D Tetzlaff, D Pohl, C Damm, S Schulz, K Tschulik
Intrinsic Activity of Oxygen Evolution Catalysts Probed at Single CoFe2O4 Nanoparticles, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 141 (2019), 9197, DOI: 10.1021/jacs.9b04516

D Mani, R Pérez de Tudela, R Schwan, N Pal, S Körning, H Forbert, B Redlich, AFG van der Meer, G Schwaab, D Marx, M Havenith
Acid solvation versus dissociation at “stardust conditions”: Reaction sequence matters, Science Advances  5 (2019), eaav8179, DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.aav8179

CAJ Hutter, MH Timachi, LM Hürlimann, I Zimmermann, P Egloff, H Göddeke, S Kucher, S Štefanic, M Karttunen, LV Schäfer, E Bordignon, MA Seeger
The extracellular gate shapes the energy profile of an ABC exporter, Nature Communications 10 (2019), 2260, DOI: 10.1038/s41467-019-09892-6

 

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