ZEMOS: New Research Building
The Ruhr-Universität Bochum (RUB) takes a step ahead towards paving the way for a novel research fields – the investigation of solvation processes in chemistry, biochemistry, and engineering. The German Science Council (German: Wissenschaftsrat (WR)) recommended the funding of a 44 M€ research building. With a total area of 3.891 square meters, the Center of Solvation Science (ZEMOS) will be created eastward of the ND building. It will give space to about 100 scientists dedicated to the research field Solvation Science.
Chemistry wins funding for its Cluster of Excellence RESOLV
The research field "Solvation Science" will be strongly enforced by the Cluster of Excellence RESOLV ("Ruhr Explores Solvation) - Solvents as active units". On May 15th 2012 the decisions of the German Excellence Initiative were announced. Bochum's Cluster of Excellence is one of the only two Clusters of Excellence in the field of Chemistry. This success will support innovative research in the new research field "Solvation Science" with about 28 Mio €.
The aim of the Cluster of Excellence RESOLV is to develop methods and technologies to investigate chemical reactions, industrial processes or biological processes in the liquid phase. “The researchers in this project view solvent molecules as functional units to be employed as active species in solvent-mediated and solvent-controlled processes, rather than being just inert and passive spectators." explains Professor Dr. Martina Havenith-Newen, speaker of RESOLV.