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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The RESOLV grant proposal has been approved
Celebrations by the RESOLV team

RESOLV secures funding for the next seven years!

The DFG selected our joint proposal by RUB and TU Dortmund University. The Cluster will tackle new research topics in solvation science.

 

On 27 September 2018, members of the international Committee of Experts and the research ministers of Germany’s federal and state governments selected the Clusters to be funded in Germany’s Excellence Strategy. RESOLV is among the 57 awarded clusters in Germany. The Cluster will therefore perform new research in solvation science starting from 2019 and for the following seven years. The RESOLV team defended its proposal in June in Berlin, the DFG committee had to decide among 88 candidates.

RESOLV was first funded as Cluster of Excellence in 2012, aiming to understand the role of solvents, like water for example, at the molecular detail in the most diverse chemical processes. 

"We are delighted to be funded again and to be able to tackle the future challenges of solvation science", says Prof. Dr. Martina Havenith, speaker of RESOLV. "We will now explore chemical processes beyond ambient conditions, beyond thermal equilibrium and beyond homogeneous bulk phase to advance the development of important technological applications, such as energy conversion and storage, or the development of smart sensors."

The new RESOLV will be hosted by the RUB and the TU Dortmund University and will comprise also research groups from the University of Duisburg Essen, the Fraunhofer Institute for Environmental, Safety, and Energy Technology UMSICHT (based in Oberhausen), the Max Plank Institutes for Coal and Iron Research (in Düsseldorf and Mülheim an der Ruhr, respectively).


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Posted on
The RESOLV grant proposal has been approved
Celebrations by the RESOLV team

RESOLV secures funding for the next seven years!

The DFG selected our joint proposal by RUB and TU Dortmund University. The Cluster will tackle new research topics in solvation science.

 

On 27 September 2018, members of the international Committee of Experts and the research ministers of Germany’s federal and state governments selected the Clusters to be funded in Germany’s Excellence Strategy. RESOLV is among the 57 awarded clusters in Germany. The Cluster will therefore perform new research in solvation science starting from 2019 and for the following seven years. The RESOLV team defended its proposal in June in Berlin, the DFG committee had to decide among 88 candidates.

RESOLV was first funded as Cluster of Excellence in 2012, aiming to understand the role of solvents, like water for example, at the molecular detail in the most diverse chemical processes. 

"We are delighted to be funded again and to be able to tackle the future challenges of solvation science", says Prof. Dr. Martina Havenith, speaker of RESOLV. "We will now explore chemical processes beyond ambient conditions, beyond thermal equilibrium and beyond homogeneous bulk phase to advance the development of important technological applications, such as energy conversion and storage, or the development of smart sensors."

The new RESOLV will be hosted by the RUB and the TU Dortmund University and will comprise also research groups from the University of Duisburg Essen, the Fraunhofer Institute for Environmental, Safety, and Energy Technology UMSICHT (based in Oberhausen), the Max Plank Institutes for Coal and Iron Research (in Düsseldorf and Mülheim an der Ruhr, respectively).


ADDITIONAL INFORMATION 

Press Release from RUB

Press Release from DFG

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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The RESOLV grant proposal has been approved
Celebrations by the RESOLV team

RESOLV secures funding for the next seven years!

The DFG selected our joint proposal by RUB and TU Dortmund University. The Cluster will tackle new research topics in solvation science.

 

On 27 September 2018, members of the international Committee of Experts and the research ministers of Germany’s federal and state governments selected the Clusters to be funded in Germany’s Excellence Strategy. RESOLV is among the 57 awarded clusters in Germany. The Cluster will therefore perform new research in solvation science starting from 2019 and for the following seven years. The RESOLV team defended its proposal in June in Berlin, the DFG committee had to decide among 88 candidates.

RESOLV was first funded as Cluster of Excellence in 2012, aiming to understand the role of solvents, like water for example, at the molecular detail in the most diverse chemical processes. 

"We are delighted to be funded again and to be able to tackle the future challenges of solvation science", says Prof. Dr. Martina Havenith, speaker of RESOLV. "We will now explore chemical processes beyond ambient conditions, beyond thermal equilibrium and beyond homogeneous bulk phase to advance the development of important technological applications, such as energy conversion and storage, or the development of smart sensors."

The new RESOLV will be hosted by the RUB and the TU Dortmund University and will comprise also research groups from the University of Duisburg Essen, the Fraunhofer Institute for Environmental, Safety, and Energy Technology UMSICHT (based in Oberhausen), the Max Plank Institutes for Coal and Iron Research (in Düsseldorf and Mülheim an der Ruhr, respectively).


ADDITIONAL INFORMATION 

Press Release from RUB

Press Release from DFG

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. This year's GSS Summer School took place from the 22nd to the 25th of May, 2018.

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

K Lucht, D Loose, M Ruschmeier, V Strotkötter, G Dyker, K Morgenstern
Hydrophilicity and Microsolvation of an Organic Molecule Resolved on the Submolecular Level by Scanning Tunneling Microscopy, Angew. Chem. 57 (2018), 1266, DOI: 10.1002/anie.201711062

N Tsuji, JL Kennemur, T Buyck, S Lee, S Prévost, PSJ Kaib, D Bykov, C Farès, B List
Activation of olefins via asymmetric Brøsted acid, Science 359 (2018), 1501, DOI: 10.1126/science.aaq0445

D Muñoz-santiburcio, M Farnesi Camellone, D Marx
Solvation-Induced Changes in the Mechanism of Alcohol Oxidation at Gold/Titania Nanocatalysts in the Aqueous Phase versus Gas Phase, Angew. Chem. 57 (2018), 3327, DOI: 10.1002/anie.201710791

KF Pfister, S Baader, M Baader, S Berndt, LJ 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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