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Resolv gets inter-university professorship
The interdisciplinary research field of Solvation Science will receive a further boost within the University Alliance Ruhr (UA Ruhr). The Mercator Research Center Ruhr (Mercur) is investing almost 1 million euros in turning the professorship of Martina Havenith-Newen into an inter-institutional UA Ruhr professorship. The goal is to build a technological platform within the UA Ruhr for developing new laser spectroscopy methods.
Prof Dr Martina Havenith-Newen is the Speaker of the Cluster of Excellence Resolv, which is short for “Ruhr explores solvation”. Within this cluster, researchers from the Ruhr-Universität Bochum (RUB), TU Dortmund University (TU) and the University of Duisburg-Essen (UDE) work with German and international partners to explore the role of solvents in chemical processes.
Collaborative field – collaborative mandate
Solvation Science has become a Flagship Programme of the UA Ruhr. In the forthcoming excellence strategy, the Ruhr-Universität Bochum and TU Dortmund University will jointly apply as equal partners for funding of the Resolv excellence cluster. TU Dortmund University and the University of Duisburg-Essen (UDE) will establish additional professorships to strengthen this interdisciplinary field.
In 2012, the Excellence Strategy of the German Research Foundation granted Resolv with 28 million euros in funding for five years. The RUB is the host institution. Within the cluster, RUB researchers work with partners from TU Dortmund University, the University of Duisburg-Essen, as well as the Max-Planck-Institutes for Iron research (Düsseldorf), Chemical energy conversion (Mülheim an der Ruhr) and Coal research (Mülheim an der Ruhr), and the Fraunhofer Institute for Environmental, Safety, and Energy Technology Umsicht in Oberhausen. The Ruhr researchers have also built an international network of high-profile scientists.
With the UA Ruhr professorship, Mercur is backing the further expansion of Resolv into an interdisciplinary center for Solvation Science in the Ruhr region. The funding runs for a period of five years.
New laser laboratory in Dortmund
The focus is on the installation of a shared laser laboratory as a technological platform at TU Dortmund University. Laser spectroscopists from TU Dortmund University and Martina Havenith-Newen, Chair of the Department of Physical Chemistry II at the RUB, will pool the existing expertise of both institutions in state-of-the-art laser technology. The goal is to develop innovative, non-linear laser spectroscopy methods in the terahertz and infrared frequency spectrum to study solvation dynamics. These methods are to be employed at a later stage within the Cluster of Excellence Resolv in order to investigate elementary chemical processes such as charge transfer in liquids or at the solid-liquid interface.
The Faculty of Physics at TU Dortmund University intends to expand this research area in a targeted manner. As part of the UA Ruhr professorship, TU Dortmund University plans to provide new modules for research-oriented teaching within the Medical Physics degree programme.
Since 2007, the three Ruhr region universities have been engaged in close strategic cooperation under the umbrella of the UA Ruhr. By pooling their strengths, the partner institutions are systematically expanding their output. There are now over 100 cooperations in the fields of research, teaching and administration, all built on the principle of being “better together”. With over 115,000 students and almost 1,300 professors, the UA Ruhr is one of the largest and best-performing hubs for science and technology in Germany.
Founded in 2010, the Mercator Research Center Ruhr (Mercur) is a joint initiative of Stiftung Mercator and the University Alliance Ruhr (UA Ruhr) which comprises the neighbouring universities of Bochum, Dortmund, and Duisburg-Essen. Through a range of funding programmes for joint projects between the three universities in the fields of research, teaching and administration, Mercur supports strategic cooperation within the UA Ruhr.
Dr Emiliano Feresin
Cluster of Excellence Resolv
Phone: +49 234 32 26276
6 March 2017