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Cluster of Excellence Ruhr Explores Solvation

The German Research Foundation has been funding the Cluster of Excellence Resolv - short for “Ruhr Explores Solvation” - since 2012. The funding totalled 28 million euros for five years. In Resolv, RUB scientists conduct research on the role of solvents together with partners from the Universities of Dortmund and Duisburg-Essen, the Max Planck Institutes for Iron Research, Chemical Energy Conversion and Coal Research, and from the Fraunhofer Institute for Environmental, Safety, and Energy Technology UMSICHT. What’s more, Resolv benefits from an international research network.

The aims of Resolv are to further develop solvation research as a newly established discipline and provide society with valuable knowledge for future applications. Technologies shall be created that prevent an environmental impact, optimise energy efficiency, explore biological functions and help to better understand corrosion processes.

Resolv has published more than 500 peer-reviewed journal papers since 2012. The Graduate School Solvation Science was founded in 2013 in order to train and support early career researchers in the field of solvation research. The research building Zemos, the Centre for Molecular Spectroscopy and Simulation, was opened in 2016. It brings together around 100 researchers from a wide range of fields.

Prof. Dr. Martina Havenith is the speaker and coordinator of the Cluster.

Research School Plus Graduate School

Already in the very first round of the Excellence Initiative in 2006, RUB was successful with an application for a university-wide, cross-faculty graduate school – the RUB Research School. Over the course of the funding period, it has become a platform for all PhD students at RUB and offers them a doctorate with added value. The Research School helps PhD students and junior researchers with doctorates to individually develop their expertise and share ideas in an interdisciplinary manner.

The Research School Plus project acquired in the second round of the Excellence Initiative has been integrated into the Graduate School perpetuated since 2012. The project supports the international activities of the PhD students, for instance with funds for project-related research stays overseas or with the organisation of international conferences on campus.


Good to know

The Excellence Initiative aims to strengthen Germany as a scientific site over the long term, improve its ability to compete internationally and increase the visibility of the leaders in the university and scientific field. The Excellence Initiative comprises three lines of funding:

  • Graduate Schools to support early career researchers,
  • Clusters of Excellence to support cutting-edge research and
  • Future Concepts for the project-based expansion of cutting-edge university research.

The Cluster of Excellence Ruhr Explores Solvation (RESOLV, EXC 1069) and the Graduate School RUB Research School Plus (RS Plus, GSC 98) are funded at Ruhr Universität Bochum by the Excellence Initiative. The federal government and states are supporting research into "Solvation Science" and the campus-wide Graduate School until 2019.