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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Solvation Science takes spot at key physics event

RESOLV and CALSOLV co-organised Solvation Science sessions at the American Physical Society (APS) March Meeting 2017, which took place in New Orleans from the 13th to the 17th of March. Martina Havenith, speaker of RESOLV, and Teresa Head-Gordon, leader of CALSOLV at the University of California – Berkeley, chaired sessions about the chemical physics of hydrogen bonding and water. 


“The APS March Meeting is a gigantic conference with a large number of parallel sessions, so quality is essential to get attention”, says Songi-Han, chemist at the University of Santa Barbara, US, and fellow of the RESOLV International Faculty. Han presented her research on protein hydration – the water molecules that surround biomolecules - at APS. “The solvation sessions were highly attended, talks were of excellent quality, and we had insightful discussions”, she adds. 


Leap forward
The RESOLV+CALSOLV sessions covered a wide range of solvation issues, from concentrated aqueous proton defects, to small water and protonated water clusters, to the effect of protein surface on the surrounding hydration water. 


“It was striking to witness the great leap forward in the experimental tools at our disposal to tackle long-standing solvation hypotheses”, says Han. “The old questions, for example about the molecular and local structural origin of protein surface water dynamics, still remain. It became clear that advances in magnetic resonance, sum frequency generation, non-linear spectroscopy and new terahertz lasers allow us to experimentally access previously inaccessible facets of solvation science only a few years ago”, she adds. 


About the APS March meeting
With 50 thousand members, the APS is the world second largest organization of physics. This year’s March meeting showcased over 700 scientific sessions in five days on topics ranging from protein biophysics, to neuroscience, and climate change. More than ten thousand attendees participated to the event. 

learn more about the conference

 

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©APS
Busy convention centre in New Orleans ©American Physical Society
Prof. Song-I Han at work in her lab

Solvation Science takes spot at key physics event

RESOLV and CALSOLV co-organised Solvation Science sessions at the American Physical Society (APS) March Meeting 2017, which took place in New Orleans from the 13th to the 17th of March. Martina Havenith, speaker of RESOLV, and Teresa Head-Gordon, leader of CALSOLV at the University of California – Berkeley, chaired sessions about the chemical physics of hydrogen bonding and water. 


“The APS March Meeting is a gigantic conference with a large number of parallel sessions, so quality is essential to get attention”, says Songi-Han, chemist at the University of Santa Barbara, US, and fellow of the RESOLV International Faculty. Han presented her research on protein hydration – the water molecules that surround biomolecules - at APS. “The solvation sessions were highly attended, talks were of excellent quality, and we had insightful discussions”, she adds. 


Leap forward
The RESOLV+CALSOLV sessions covered a wide range of solvation issues, from concentrated aqueous proton defects, to small water and protonated water clusters, to the effect of protein surface on the surrounding hydration water. 


“It was striking to witness the great leap forward in the experimental tools at our disposal to tackle long-standing solvation hypotheses”, says Han. “The old questions, for example about the molecular and local structural origin of protein surface water dynamics, still remain. It became clear that advances in magnetic resonance, sum frequency generation, non-linear spectroscopy and new terahertz lasers allow us to experimentally access previously inaccessible facets of solvation science only a few years ago”, she adds. 


About the APS March meeting
With 50 thousand members, the APS is the world second largest organization of physics. This year’s March meeting showcased over 700 scientific sessions in five days on topics ranging from protein biophysics, to neuroscience, and climate change. More than ten thousand attendees participated to the event. 

learn more about the conference

 

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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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©APS
Busy convention centre in New Orleans ©American Physical Society
Prof. Song-I Han at work in her lab

Solvation Science takes spot at key physics event

RESOLV and CALSOLV co-organised Solvation Science sessions at the American Physical Society (APS) March Meeting 2017, which took place in New Orleans from the 13th to the 17th of March. Martina Havenith, speaker of RESOLV, and Teresa Head-Gordon, leader of CALSOLV at the University of California – Berkeley, chaired sessions about the chemical physics of hydrogen bonding and water. 


“The APS March Meeting is a gigantic conference with a large number of parallel sessions, so quality is essential to get attention”, says Songi-Han, chemist at the University of Santa Barbara, US, and fellow of the RESOLV International Faculty. Han presented her research on protein hydration – the water molecules that surround biomolecules - at APS. “The solvation sessions were highly attended, talks were of excellent quality, and we had insightful discussions”, she adds. 


Leap forward
The RESOLV+CALSOLV sessions covered a wide range of solvation issues, from concentrated aqueous proton defects, to small water and protonated water clusters, to the effect of protein surface on the surrounding hydration water. 


“It was striking to witness the great leap forward in the experimental tools at our disposal to tackle long-standing solvation hypotheses”, says Han. “The old questions, for example about the molecular and local structural origin of protein surface water dynamics, still remain. It became clear that advances in magnetic resonance, sum frequency generation, non-linear spectroscopy and new terahertz lasers allow us to experimentally access previously inaccessible facets of solvation science only a few years ago”, she adds. 


About the APS March meeting
With 50 thousand members, the APS is the world second largest organization of physics. This year’s March meeting showcased over 700 scientific sessions in five days on topics ranging from protein biophysics, to neuroscience, and climate change. More than ten thousand attendees participated to the event. 

learn more about the conference

 

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 takes 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 will comprise a career day, in addition.

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Publications highlight

T. Gatzenmeier, M. van Gemmeren, Y. W. Xie, D. Hofler, M. Leutzsch and B. List 
Asymmetric Lewis acid organocatalysis of the Diels-Alder reaction by a silylated C-H acid 
Science  351 (2016) 949-952
DOI: 10.1126/science.aae0010

J. Knorr, P. Sokkar, S. Schott, P. Costa, W. Thiel, W. Sander, E. Sanchez-Garcia, P. Nürnberger 
Competitive Solvent-Molecule Interactions Govern Primary Processes of Diphenylcarbene in Solvent Mixtures
Nature Communications 7 (2016) 12968
DOI: 10.1038/ncomms12968 

M. Gao, D. Gnutt, A. Orban, B. Appel, F. Righetti, R. Winter, F. Narberhaus, S. Müller and S. Ebbinghaus
RNA Hairpin Folding in the Crowded Cell
Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 55 (2016) 3224-3228
DOI: 10.1002/anie.201510847

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