1. RESOLV secures funding for the next seven years! On 27 September 2018, the Excellence Commission of Germany’s Excellence Strategy has approved the RESOLV Cluster of Excellence to be funded for the period 2019-2025 with ca. 42 Mio. EUR. RESOLV is one of the 57 clusters selected and one of the only two new chemistry clusters: The aim of the new project is to investigate chemical processes beyond normal conditions, thermal equilibria or homogeneous phases. 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).
2. Publications exceed 1000! Publications in peer-reviewed journals surpassed the mark number of 1000 publications on referred journals, with more than 180 involving a collaboration between at least 2 RESOLV groups. RESOLV scientists answered questions such as: How do ions gather water molecules around them? Is it possible to observe individual silver nanoparticles in real time? And can we use carbon dioxide as a raw material?
3. International Awards to RESOLV scientists top 100! RESOLV scientists won many prizes in the solar year. Among them the ERC Starting Grant and the ERC Proof of Concept, the Emmy Noether Programm, the Hellmuth Fischer Medal 2018 and the Alessandro Volta Medal (both in electrochemistry), as well as the Programme Plus 3 of the Boehringer Ingelheim Foundation.
4. RESOLV secures more third party funding. In addition to the new main funding as cluster, in 2018 RESOLV received by the EU the approval for the co-financing of the FP-RESOMUS (Resolving Solvation with Molecular Ultrafast Science and Technology). FP-RESOMUS is a fellowship programme in cooperation with the Swiss research network NCCR MUST. Within the joint network, 50 fellowships are to be opened for post-docs who will deal with ultra-short laser spectroscopy for research into solvation and reactions.
After being approved in 2017, the DFG-funded Research Training Group 2376 "Confinement-controlled Chemistry" was launched in 2018. The training programme for doctoral students at the RUB and TU University Dortmund will investigate the effect of confined environments, such as nanocapsules, on chemical reactions.
5. Open doors to personalities involved in gender and technology transfer. RESOLV scientists welcomed NRW Economy Minister Andreas Pinkwart at ZEMOS to discuss the transfer of fundamental research on solvent-solute interactions into tech like fuel cells and green fuels. The NRW Minister for Culture and Science, Isabel Pfeiffer-Poensgen, and the former President of the German Parliament, Prof. Dr. Rita Süssmuth, were guest of the Women Professors Forum to discuss gender related issues.
Stay tuned in 2019 for the next RESOLV highlights!