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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RESOLV in 2017: Intense collaborations, colourful figures

5 Takeaways from a RESOLV year

In 2017, the Cluster of Excellence RESOLV strengthened its strategic collaborations at institutional and research level. It was an intense year of scientific achievements and research planning. Here we present the highlights of the year.

1. RUB and TUDO apply together. In view of the next funding phase of Germany’s Excellence Strategy, RESOLV involved the partners within the University Alliance Ruhr (UARuhr). That decision has paid off, as in September RESOLV went through the 1st evaluation round, and started to prepare the full application for 2018. RUB and the Technical University (TU) of Dortmund are jointly applying as cluster hosts, with significant involvement from the University of Duisburg-Essen (UDE).

2. Publications soar. The collaboration among scientists also progressed remarkably. In 2017 RESOLV surpassed the 700 publications on referred journals, with more than 100 papers being cooperative efforts involving at least 2 RESOLV groups. Is it possible to make biodiesel for conventional engines? What effects do solvents have on chemical reactions? Can we follow the solvation of a molecule as it happens? How do key enzymes produce molecular H2? And can carbon atoms behave like waves, and cross energy barriers? These were just some of the questions that RESOLV scientists successfully tackled in 2017.

3. International Awards. RESOLV scientists won many prizes in the solar year. Among them the Junior Faculty Award from the America Biophysical Society, the GDCh award for best presentation by an early career chemist, the Robert-Wichard-Pohl prize in science communication from the German Physical Society. And the Mercator Research Center Ruhr (Mercur) turned the professorship of Martina Havenith, speaker of RESOLV, into an inter-institutional UA Ruhr professorship, aimed at developing new laser spectroscopy methods.

4. More RESOLV worldwide. The cluster continued to strengthen its relationships outwards. Thanks to the Humboldt Research Award, spectroscopist Yuan-Pern Lee from the National Chiao Tung University in Taiwan will collaborate with the Sander group at RUB. The International Female Faculty of NCCR MUST and RESOLV organized the third Gender and Science Meeting at the ETH Zürich, to discuss science and the current initiatives to counter gender imbalance in research. Theoretical chemists Teresa and Martin Head-Gordon, founders of RESOLV’s sister research consortium California explores Solvation (CALSOLV) at UC Berkeley, were guest at the RUB for one month.

5. A window open to the world. All events and scientific achievements have been covered by the new RESOLV website and twitter account, which are online since May 2017. RESOLV scientists prepared a special issue on Solvation Science in the magazine ‘Chemie in unserer Zeit’, the most read publication among German teachers. And the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) led a delegation of prominent scientists from US and Canada to visit the Cluster and the ZEMOS research building. 

Stay tuned in 2018 for RESOLV's next highlights!

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RESOLV in 2017: Intense collaborations, colourful figures

5 Takeaways from a RESOLV year

In 2017, the Cluster of Excellence RESOLV strengthened its strategic collaborations at institutional and research level. It was an intense year of scientific achievements and research planning. Here we present the highlights of the year.

1. RUB and TUDO apply together. In view of the next funding phase of Germany’s Excellence Strategy, RESOLV involved the partners within the University Alliance Ruhr (UARuhr). That decision has paid off, as in September RESOLV went through the 1st evaluation round, and started to prepare the full application for 2018. RUB and the Technical University (TU) of Dortmund are jointly applying as cluster hosts, with significant involvement from the University of Duisburg-Essen (UDE).

2. Publications soar. The collaboration among scientists also progressed remarkably. In 2017 RESOLV surpassed the 700 publications on referred journals, with more than 100 papers being cooperative efforts involving at least 2 RESOLV groups. Is it possible to make biodiesel for conventional engines? What effects do solvents have on chemical reactions? Can we follow the solvation of a molecule as it happens? How do key enzymes produce molecular H2? And can carbon atoms behave like waves, and cross energy barriers? These were just some of the questions that RESOLV scientists successfully tackled in 2017.

3. International Awards. RESOLV scientists won many prizes in the solar year. Among them the Junior Faculty Award from the America Biophysical Society, the GDCh award for best presentation by an early career chemist, the Robert-Wichard-Pohl prize in science communication from the German Physical Society. And the Mercator Research Center Ruhr (Mercur) turned the professorship of Martina Havenith, speaker of RESOLV, into an inter-institutional UA Ruhr professorship, aimed at developing new laser spectroscopy methods.

4. More RESOLV worldwide. The cluster continued to strengthen its relationships outwards. Thanks to the Humboldt Research Award, spectroscopist Yuan-Pern Lee from the National Chiao Tung University in Taiwan will collaborate with the Sander group at RUB. The International Female Faculty of NCCR MUST and RESOLV organized the third Gender and Science Meeting at the ETH Zürich, to discuss science and the current initiatives to counter gender imbalance in research. Theoretical chemists Teresa and Martin Head-Gordon, founders of RESOLV’s sister research consortium California explores Solvation (CALSOLV) at UC Berkeley, were guest at the RUB for one month.

5. A window open to the world. All events and scientific achievements have been covered by the new RESOLV website and twitter account, which are online since May 2017. RESOLV scientists prepared a special issue on Solvation Science in the magazine ‘Chemie in unserer Zeit’, the most read publication among German teachers. And the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) led a delegation of prominent scientists from US and Canada to visit the Cluster and the ZEMOS research building. 

Stay tuned in 2018 for RESOLV's next highlights!

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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RESOLV in 2017: Intense collaborations, colourful figures

5 Takeaways from a RESOLV year

In 2017, the Cluster of Excellence RESOLV strengthened its strategic collaborations at institutional and research level. It was an intense year of scientific achievements and research planning. Here we present the highlights of the year.

1. RUB and TUDO apply together. In view of the next funding phase of Germany’s Excellence Strategy, RESOLV involved the partners within the University Alliance Ruhr (UARuhr). That decision has paid off, as in September RESOLV went through the 1st evaluation round, and started to prepare the full application for 2018. RUB and the Technical University (TU) of Dortmund are jointly applying as cluster hosts, with significant involvement from the University of Duisburg-Essen (UDE).

2. Publications soar. The collaboration among scientists also progressed remarkably. In 2017 RESOLV surpassed the 700 publications on referred journals, with more than 100 papers being cooperative efforts involving at least 2 RESOLV groups. Is it possible to make biodiesel for conventional engines? What effects do solvents have on chemical reactions? Can we follow the solvation of a molecule as it happens? How do key enzymes produce molecular H2? And can carbon atoms behave like waves, and cross energy barriers? These were just some of the questions that RESOLV scientists successfully tackled in 2017.

3. International Awards. RESOLV scientists won many prizes in the solar year. Among them the Junior Faculty Award from the America Biophysical Society, the GDCh award for best presentation by an early career chemist, the Robert-Wichard-Pohl prize in science communication from the German Physical Society. And the Mercator Research Center Ruhr (Mercur) turned the professorship of Martina Havenith, speaker of RESOLV, into an inter-institutional UA Ruhr professorship, aimed at developing new laser spectroscopy methods.

4. More RESOLV worldwide. The cluster continued to strengthen its relationships outwards. Thanks to the Humboldt Research Award, spectroscopist Yuan-Pern Lee from the National Chiao Tung University in Taiwan will collaborate with the Sander group at RUB. The International Female Faculty of NCCR MUST and RESOLV organized the third Gender and Science Meeting at the ETH Zürich, to discuss science and the current initiatives to counter gender imbalance in research. Theoretical chemists Teresa and Martin Head-Gordon, founders of RESOLV’s sister research consortium California explores Solvation (CALSOLV) at UC Berkeley, were guest at the RUB for one month.

5. A window open to the world. All events and scientific achievements have been covered by the new RESOLV website and twitter account, which are online since May 2017. RESOLV scientists prepared a special issue on Solvation Science in the magazine ‘Chemie in unserer Zeit’, the most read publication among German teachers. And the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) led a delegation of prominent scientists from US and Canada to visit the Cluster and the ZEMOS research building. 

Stay tuned in 2018 for RESOLV's next highlights!

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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