Exzellenzinitiative Cluster RESOLV Lösungsmittel Becherglas (EN)
A red powder dissolves in a yellow liquid.

Ruhr Explores Solvation

In the Cluster of Excellence RESOLV, scientists work in the field of solvation science.

Most chemical reactions, important industrial processes, and almost all biological processes take place in the liquid phase. The team from the Cluster of Excellence Ruhr Explores Solvation, RESOLV for short, wants to understand how the solvent is involved in the control, mediation, and regulation of chemical reactions. More than 200 chemists, physicists and engineers are working together to decipher the role of solvent molecules. Based on their findings, they are developing new concepts for industry – for instance for energy conversion and storage, or the development of smart sensors.

The German Research Foundation (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft – DFG) supported the Cluster of Excellence at Ruhr University Bochum from 2012 to 2018. RESOLV has since developed a dense network in solvation research. Since 2019, RESOLV – now hosted at both Ruhr University Bochum and TU Dortmund University – receives funding for seven more years. The universities in Bochum and Dortmund work together with several partners from the Ruhr region: the University of Duisburg-Essen, the Max Planck Institutes for Iron Research (Düsseldorf) and Coal Research (Mülheim an der Ruhr), and the Fraunhofer Institute for Environmental, Safety, and Energy Technology UMSICHT in Oberhausen. What’s more, RESOLV benefits from an international research network. Speaker of RESOLV is Professor Martina Haventih-Newen.

The Cluster of Excellence has established its own graduate school and promotes measures for equality and diversity, internationalisation, knowledge transfer and support for early career researchers.


Background Excellence Strategy

The aim of the Excellence Strategy is to strengthen Germany’s position as an outstanding place for research in the long term and further improve its international competitiveness.

The Excellence Strategy compromises two funding lines:

  • Clusters of Excellence for project-based funding in internationally competitive fields of research at universities or university consortia
  • Universities of Excellence to strengthen universities as individual institutions or as university consortia in the long term and further develop their leading international role on the basis of successful Clusters of Excellence

In addition to the Cluster of Excellence RESOLV, the Cluster Security in the Age of Large-Scale Adversaries (CASA) is funded within the framework of the Excellence Strategy.

Excellence Strategy
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