Opportunities for Ukrainian Researchers

Opportunities for Ukrainian Researchers

We offer 6-months stipends for Ukrainian Researchers in the field of Solvation Science!

Benjamin List wins Nobel Prize in Chemistry

Benjamin List wins Nobel Prize in Chemistry

The Nobel Prize in Chemistry is awarded to RESOLV's Principal-Investigator Benjamin List “for the development of asymmetric organocatalysis”! 

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WE ARE RESOLV

Over 200 scientists from about 50 research groups in 6 institutions

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RUHR EXPLORES SOLVATION SCIENCE

We shape a new scientific discipline, inspire the scientists of tomorrow, and enable future technologies

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 an interdisciplinary research project of the Ruhr University Bochum and the TU Dortmund University, as well as four other institutions in the German Ruhr area. Since 2012, about 200 scientists cooperate to clarify how the solvent is involved in the control, mediation and regulation of chemical reactions. Our research is essential to advance technologies that could reuse CO2 for chemicals production, increase the efficiency of energy conversion and storage and develop smart sensors. RESOLV is funded by the German Federal Government and the state of North Rhine-Westphalia with 42 Mio. EUR over the period 2019-2025. 
 

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Greetings from the participants of the Summer School Solvation Science 2022!
One Highlight: The award ceremony of the Solvation Science Student Challenge.
Students and experts are in close dialogue.
20 international students have made their way to Bochum.
Get-together and networking in the ZEMOS building.

Summer School Solvation Science 2022

From 7 to 10 June 2022, the Solvation Science Summer School took place in Bochum. For the first time after 2 years, about 100 participants met in person to discuss news in Solvation Science and to learn new skills - from spectroscopy to Intercultural competence.

 

Every year in the week after Pentecost, prospective solvation scientists from all over the world meet to exchange news about their discipline. The Summer School of the integrated Graduate School Solvation Science brings together all those who want to learn something new on the field of solvation over 4 days.

In 2022, the Summer School could take place in person for the first time since 2019. About 100 PhD students came to Bochum for this. Among them are 20 international students who were able to obtain funding for participation in advance. Among them was Jon Fritz from Ohio State University, USA:

"I loved learning a new spectroscopy technique (THz tim-domain spec.) and it was insightful to learn from international scientists in the lab why they chose Germany and RUB for their PhD or post-doc. I anticipate the connections made through the summer school will lead to a post-doc or even more permanent positions."

The programme is diverse. The first two days were spent mainly in the lecture hall with interesting lectures on Catalysis at Charged Interfaces, Biomolecule Solvation, Interface Solvation and Solvation under Confinement and Molecular/Biology Systems under Extreme Conditions. For the morning of the third day, the participants could choose between different workshops. Various soft skills from "Intercultural competence" to "Team work & leadership in academia" could be developed. In the afternoon, the focus was on the topic of careers. Invited guests from the industry talked about their carrerpaths, their daily work and answered the participants' questions. The last day was dedicated to the motto: Hands-on! Depending on their interests and goals, the participants could choose from 18 full-day hands-on sessions. There they could learn new lab or computational techniques directly from the scientists of the Cluster of Excellence RESOLV. In small groups, they were able to gain insights into the working methods and take new skills home with them.

Kriti Alam from Indian Institute of Technology, Jodhpur India, states:

"My experience with the Summer School organised by RESOLV was great. Starting from the first two sessions, the talks on the different aspects of biophyics and biomolecules using experimental and theoretical tools were very exciting. Also the sessions like Stage Fright was very good in dealing with emotions and fears during events. For my Hands-Onn, I went with Quantum Chemistry where I dealt with the calculating the pKa of a molecule using TURBOMOL. The session was explained nicely and I had a very nice experience with overall interactive session. So the overall experience with the Summer School was amazing with good interactions and great talks."

Another highlight of the event was the award ceremony for the Solvation Science Student Challenge. Lisa Hetzel from Universität Duisburg-Essen won the challenge on the topic: How solvent molecules influence the selectivity of a reaction? In her submitted work she discusses the approach of training an artificial intelligence for the calculation of the transmission coefficents. Her work was honoured with a prize money of 2000€. About her experience with the challenge, Lisa Hetzel sums up:

I discovered this challenge almost by coincidence while I was scrolling through science twitter to search for interesting research. Even though it was a quite challenging problem to me I enjoyed it a lot to work on a real research issue as a undergrad student and it made me learn a lot about solvation science. I am very happy that I even won the award and was given the chance to present and discuss my work at the Summer School!'

We are happy about the successful summer school and start planning for next year!

Posted on
Greetings from the participants of the Summer School Solvation Science 2022!
One Highlight: The award ceremony of the Solvation Science Student Challenge.
Students and experts are in close dialogue.
20 international students have made their way to Bochum.
Get-together and networking in the ZEMOS building.

Summer School Solvation Science 2022

From 7 to 10 June 2022, the Solvation Science Summer School took place in Bochum. For the first time after 2 years, about 100 participants met in person to discuss news in Solvation Science and to learn new skills - from spectroscopy to Intercultural competence.

 

Every year in the week after Pentecost, prospective solvation scientists from all over the world meet to exchange news about their discipline. The Summer School of the integrated Graduate School Solvation Science brings together all those who want to learn something new on the field of solvation over 4 days.

In 2022, the Summer School could take place in person for the first time since 2019. About 100 PhD students came to Bochum for this. Among them are 20 international students who were able to obtain funding for participation in advance. Among them was Jon Fritz from Ohio State University, USA:

"I loved learning a new spectroscopy technique (THz tim-domain spec.) and it was insightful to learn from international scientists in the lab why they chose Germany and RUB for their PhD or post-doc. I anticipate the connections made through the summer school will lead to a post-doc or even more permanent positions."

The programme is diverse. The first two days were spent mainly in the lecture hall with interesting lectures on Catalysis at Charged Interfaces, Biomolecule Solvation, Interface Solvation and Solvation under Confinement and Molecular/Biology Systems under Extreme Conditions. For the morning of the third day, the participants could choose between different workshops. Various soft skills from "Intercultural competence" to "Team work & leadership in academia" could be developed. In the afternoon, the focus was on the topic of careers. Invited guests from the industry talked about their carrerpaths, their daily work and answered the participants' questions. The last day was dedicated to the motto: Hands-on! Depending on their interests and goals, the participants could choose from 18 full-day hands-on sessions. There they could learn new lab or computational techniques directly from the scientists of the Cluster of Excellence RESOLV. In small groups, they were able to gain insights into the working methods and take new skills home with them.

Kriti Alam from Indian Institute of Technology, Jodhpur India, states:

"My experience with the Summer School organised by RESOLV was great. Starting from the first two sessions, the talks on the different aspects of biophyics and biomolecules using experimental and theoretical tools were very exciting. Also the sessions like Stage Fright was very good in dealing with emotions and fears during events. For my Hands-Onn, I went with Quantum Chemistry where I dealt with the calculating the pKa of a molecule using TURBOMOL. The session was explained nicely and I had a very nice experience with overall interactive session. So the overall experience with the Summer School was amazing with good interactions and great talks."

Another highlight of the event was the award ceremony for the Solvation Science Student Challenge. Lisa Hetzel from Universität Duisburg-Essen won the challenge on the topic: How solvent molecules influence the selectivity of a reaction? In her submitted work she discusses the approach of training an artificial intelligence for the calculation of the transmission coefficents. Her work was honoured with a prize money of 2000€. About her experience with the challenge, Lisa Hetzel sums up:

I discovered this challenge almost by coincidence while I was scrolling through science twitter to search for interesting research. Even though it was a quite challenging problem to me I enjoyed it a lot to work on a real research issue as a undergrad student and it made me learn a lot about solvation science. I am very happy that I even won the award and was given the chance to present and discuss my work at the Summer School!'

We are happy about the successful summer school and start planning for next year!

Our scientific fields

Research Area I

Local Solvent Fluctuations in Heterogeneous Systems

 

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Research Area II

Solvent Control of Chemical Dynamics and Reactivity

 

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Research Area III

Solvation under Extreme Conditions

 

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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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Greetings from the participants of the Summer School Solvation Science 2022!
One Highlight: The award ceremony of the Solvation Science Student Challenge.
Students and experts are in close dialogue.
20 international students have made their way to Bochum.
Get-together and networking in the ZEMOS building.

Summer School Solvation Science 2022

From 7 to 10 June 2022, the Solvation Science Summer School took place in Bochum. For the first time after 2 years, about 100 participants met in person to discuss news in Solvation Science and to learn new skills - from spectroscopy to Intercultural competence.

 

Every year in the week after Pentecost, prospective solvation scientists from all over the world meet to exchange news about their discipline. The Summer School of the integrated Graduate School Solvation Science brings together all those who want to learn something new on the field of solvation over 4 days.

In 2022, the Summer School could take place in person for the first time since 2019. About 100 PhD students came to Bochum for this. Among them are 20 international students who were able to obtain funding for participation in advance. Among them was Jon Fritz from Ohio State University, USA:

"I loved learning a new spectroscopy technique (THz tim-domain spec.) and it was insightful to learn from international scientists in the lab why they chose Germany and RUB for their PhD or post-doc. I anticipate the connections made through the summer school will lead to a post-doc or even more permanent positions."

The programme is diverse. The first two days were spent mainly in the lecture hall with interesting lectures on Catalysis at Charged Interfaces, Biomolecule Solvation, Interface Solvation and Solvation under Confinement and Molecular/Biology Systems under Extreme Conditions. For the morning of the third day, the participants could choose between different workshops. Various soft skills from "Intercultural competence" to "Team work & leadership in academia" could be developed. In the afternoon, the focus was on the topic of careers. Invited guests from the industry talked about their carrerpaths, their daily work and answered the participants' questions. The last day was dedicated to the motto: Hands-on! Depending on their interests and goals, the participants could choose from 18 full-day hands-on sessions. There they could learn new lab or computational techniques directly from the scientists of the Cluster of Excellence RESOLV. In small groups, they were able to gain insights into the working methods and take new skills home with them.

Kriti Alam from Indian Institute of Technology, Jodhpur India, states:

"My experience with the Summer School organised by RESOLV was great. Starting from the first two sessions, the talks on the different aspects of biophyics and biomolecules using experimental and theoretical tools were very exciting. Also the sessions like Stage Fright was very good in dealing with emotions and fears during events. For my Hands-Onn, I went with Quantum Chemistry where I dealt with the calculating the pKa of a molecule using TURBOMOL. The session was explained nicely and I had a very nice experience with overall interactive session. So the overall experience with the Summer School was amazing with good interactions and great talks."

Another highlight of the event was the award ceremony for the Solvation Science Student Challenge. Lisa Hetzel from Universität Duisburg-Essen won the challenge on the topic: How solvent molecules influence the selectivity of a reaction? In her submitted work she discusses the approach of training an artificial intelligence for the calculation of the transmission coefficents. Her work was honoured with a prize money of 2000€. About her experience with the challenge, Lisa Hetzel sums up:

I discovered this challenge almost by coincidence while I was scrolling through science twitter to search for interesting research. Even though it was a quite challenging problem to me I enjoyed it a lot to work on a real research issue as a undergrad student and it made me learn a lot about solvation science. I am very happy that I even won the award and was given the chance to present and discuss my work at the Summer School!'

We are happy about the successful summer school and start planning for next year!

igss summer school

The integrated 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 eighth Summer School Solvation Science will take place from Tuesday 7th to Friday 10th of June 2022 in Bochum.

 

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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Publication highlights

 

S. Hasegawa, S. L. Meichsner, J. J. Holstein, A. Baksi, M. Kasanmascheff, G. H. Clever
Long-Lived C60 Radical Anion Stabilized inside an Electron-Deficient Coordination Cage, JACS 143 (2021), 9718–9723, DOI: 10.1021/jacs.1c02860

Z. Fetahaj, L. Ostermeier, H. Cinar, R. Oliva, and R. Winter
Biomolecular Condensates under Extreme Martian Salt Conditions, JACS 60 (2021), 5247–5259, DOI: 10.1021/jacs.1c01832

F. Sebastiani, C. Y. Ma, S. Funke, A. Bäumer, D. Decka, C. Hoberg, A. Esser, H. Forbert, G. Schwaab, D. Marx, M. Havenith
Probing Local Electrostatics of Glycine in Aqueous Solution by THz Spectroscopy, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 60 (2021), 3768-3772, DOI: 10.1002/anie.202014133

P Schienbein, D Marx
Supercritical Water is not Hydrogen Bonded, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 59 (2020), 18578-18585, DOI: 10.1002/anie.202009640

L Galazzo, G Meier, MH Timachi, CAJ Hutter, MA Seeger, E Bordignon
Spin-labeled nanobodies as protein conformational reporters for electron paramagnetic resonance in cellular membranes, PNAS 117 (2020), 2441-2448 DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1913737117

F Sebastiani, TA Bender, S Pezzotti, W-L Li, G Schwaab, RG Bergmann, KN Raymond, FD Toste, T Head-Gordon, M Havenith
An Isolated Water Droplet in the Aqueous Solution of a Supramolecular Tetrahedral Cage, PNAS 117 (2020), 32954-32961, DOI: 10.1073/pnas.2012545117

LM Stratmann, Y Kutin, M Kasanmascheff, GH Clever
Precise Distance Measurements in DNA G-Quadruplex Dimers and Sandwich Complexes by Pulsed Dipolar EPR Spectroscopy, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed 60 (2020), 4939-4947, DOI: 10.1002/anie.202008618

H Darmandeh, VH Gessner
Selective B(C6F5)3-Catalyzed Reactions of α-Diazoesters with Heterocycles and Alkenes, Chem 6 (2020), 2364, DOI: 10.1016/j.chempr.2020.08.006

 

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