Research Buildings

ZEMOS - Centre for Molecular Spectroscopy and Simulation of Solvent-Mediated Processes


In the Centre for Molecular Spectroscopy and Simulation of Solvent-Mediated Processes (ZEMOS), scientists are researching how solvation, the dissolving of a chemical substance, takes place in detail. With modern office and lab facilities, ZEMOS offers around 100 researchers space to work in an interdisciplinary manner on new technologies relating to solvation science. ZEMOS allows Ruhr-Universität Bochum to expand this important research focus. The federal government and the state of NRW each provide half of the funding for ZEMOS, totalling around 44 million euros. The research building was opened in 2016.


In the coming years, the federal government and state will support further research buildings in the fields:

ProDi - Centre for Molecular Protein Diagnostics

The Centre for Molecular Protein Diagnostics – ProDi for short – is being created at the Bochum health campus. It forms the bridge between RUB, University Clinics and the health care sector. ProDi strenghtens the research network Protein Research Unit Ruhr within Europe – PURE. The PURE consortium develops innovative methods for the early diagnosis of cancer and neurodegenerative deseases such as Alzheimer’s. The total costs of the construction and the basic equipment totalling 48 million euros are borne by the federal government and the state of NRW. The construction phase began in November 2016.

 

ZGH – Centre for Interface-Dominated High Performance Materials

The Centre for Interface-Dominated High Performance Materials (ZGH) is being created on the RUB campus between the buildings IA and IB. It will offer space to around 80 academics for their research work. They will investigate and further develop materials for extreme conditions in an interdisciplinary manner. The federal government and the state of NRW each provide half of the funding for the research building, totalling 40 million euros. The construction phase is ongoing.

ZESS - Research Centre for the Engineering of Smart Product Service Systems

The Research Centre for the Engineering of Smart Product Service Systems (ZESS) is being established on the Mark 51°7 site in Bochum. The research building is the first anchor point for knowledge-intensive companies and non-university research institutions in this quarter. Ruhr-Universität Bochum is thus implementing its three-polar site development strategy – campus, city centre and Mark 51°7. Academics will conduct research into Industry 4.0 at ZESS. The federal government and the state of NRW will each provide half of the funding for the centre, totalling around 28 million euros. Construction begins in 2018.

Good to know

Research buildings are intended to improve the infrastructural conditions of German universities. The universities can thus position themselves more successfully in national and international competition. Support can be provided for buildings at universities with investment costs of over 5 million euros, the infrastructure of which is predominantly used for research.

The federal government and the states each provide half of the funding. In the competition to establish this nationally significant research infrastructure, RUB has so far been able to acquire around 160 million euros of funding.