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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Michael Römelt heads the new junior research group. © RUB, Marquard

New Emmy-Noether group in Theoretical Chemistry

The team wants to make properties of certain complex molecules more predictable. This could also benefit industry.

A new junior research group at the Ruhr-Universität Bochum is developing improved methods for predicting the properties and reactivity of certain chemical systems. It is based at the Chair of Theoretical Chemistry; Head is Dr Michael Römelt, member of the Excellence Cluster “Ruhr explores Solvation”, Resolv in short. The German Research Foundation is funding the group in the Emmy-Noether-programme with around 1 million euros for five years.

The new theoretical methods should allow more accurate predictions about molecules with a complex electronic structure. “These play a central role in many areas of chemistry, such as the catalysis of important industrial reactions,” says Römelt. It would be helpful if it was possible to predict the properties of the substances with simulations. Molecules for specific applications could then be initially taylored in theory before being produced and used in practice.

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Michael Römelt heads the new junior research group. © RUB, Marquard

New Emmy-Noether group in Theoretical Chemistry

The team wants to make properties of certain complex molecules more predictable. This could also benefit industry.

A new junior research group at the Ruhr-Universität Bochum is developing improved methods for predicting the properties and reactivity of certain chemical systems. It is based at the Chair of Theoretical Chemistry; Head is Dr Michael Römelt, member of the Excellence Cluster “Ruhr explores Solvation”, Resolv in short. The German Research Foundation is funding the group in the Emmy-Noether-programme with around 1 million euros for five years.

The new theoretical methods should allow more accurate predictions about molecules with a complex electronic structure. “These play a central role in many areas of chemistry, such as the catalysis of important industrial reactions,” says Römelt. It would be helpful if it was possible to predict the properties of the substances with simulations. Molecules for specific applications could then be initially taylored in theory before being produced and used in practice.

Detailed press release in RUB news

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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Michael Römelt heads the new junior research group. © RUB, Marquard

New Emmy-Noether group in Theoretical Chemistry

The team wants to make properties of certain complex molecules more predictable. This could also benefit industry.

A new junior research group at the Ruhr-Universität Bochum is developing improved methods for predicting the properties and reactivity of certain chemical systems. It is based at the Chair of Theoretical Chemistry; Head is Dr Michael Römelt, member of the Excellence Cluster “Ruhr explores Solvation”, Resolv in short. The German Research Foundation is funding the group in the Emmy-Noether-programme with around 1 million euros for five years.

The new theoretical methods should allow more accurate predictions about molecules with a complex electronic structure. “These play a central role in many areas of chemistry, such as the catalysis of important industrial reactions,” says Römelt. It would be helpful if it was possible to predict the properties of the substances with simulations. Molecules for specific applications could then be initially taylored in theory before being produced and used in practice.

Detailed press release in RUB news

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 next GSS Summer School will take place from the 22nd to the 25th of May, 2018 - save the date!

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

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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