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Mission statement

RD IFSC will develop through direct and interdisciplinary interactions an underständing for complex chemical systems.

RD IFSC will promote scientists with a high potential for an academic career in all stages of there carreer.

Rd IFSC will develop and provide an excellent state-of-the art and international competitive research environment.

Organisational profile

The Research Department IFSC (RD IFSC) was launched in Januar 2009 by the rector of the Ruhr-University Bochum as part of the future concept strategy “Research Campus” to promote excellent research. It is financially supported by a grant from the ministry for Innovation, Science, Research and Technology of North Rhine-Westphalia.
A flat hierarchy is characteristic for the RD IFSC. The central decision making body is the general assembly. The three members of the board as well as the speaker, also being member of the board will be elected by the general assembly. The speaker is the executive director of the RD IFSC and will be assisted by the Science Manager. The legal basis for being able to act is the terms and conditions of the RD IFSC.

The department has three groups of Principal Investigators (PIs). In addition to the PIs (Scientist after their final qualification phase for a professorship who have shown to be able to coordinate large research consortia, are well connected in their scientific community and are willing to contribute to network the department) there are Junior-PIs (Graduated scientist within their final qualification phase who show high potential for a scientific career) and associated PIs (external scientist who will benefit to the goal of the RD IFSC and fulfil the requirements as a PI). Potential PIs will be recommended by members of general assembly and than elected by the majority of the assembly. PIs are member of the general assembly and can participate in the regular call for proposals of the RD IFSC. Furthermore every scientist with an interesting idea for a research proposal is welcome to apply via a PI for a grant. The Science Manager is also available for all questions regarding possibilities to participate in projects, or to help to plan and realize you own scientific project.

Scientific profile of the RD IFSC

Interfacial Systems Chemistry combines theoretical and experimentical methods to investigate complex phenomena in coupled complex systems on the molecular level. Important questions are concerning the dynamic of chemical systems within their environment. Of special interest are chemical processes at interfaces and within compartments. Important elements of the Research Department Interfacial Systems Chemistry (RD IFSC)are the already successful established projects Collaborative Research Centre 558 (Metal-Substrate interactions in heterogeneous catalyses), Research Unit 618 (Die Aggregation kleiner Moleküle mit präzisen Methoden verstehen- Experiment und Theorie im Wechselspiel), Research Unit 630 (Biological function of organometallic compounds), the EU founded project SURMOF (Anchoring of metal-organic frameworks, MOFs, to surfaces) and the Centre for Electrochemical Sciences (SEC). The goal of the Research Department interfacial Systems Chemistry is to get a basic comprehensive understanding about the structural and dynamic complexity of hierarchical, structured molecular assemblies at interfaces.

Research topics are:
• Interactions between small molecules

• The in-depth understanding of heterogeneous catalysis

• Complex molecular assemblies in organic electronics and functional coordination molecules.

• Immobilisation of inorganic, organic and biological functional macromolecules on surfaces

• Complex biomolecular interactions

• Microscopic insights, obtained for small aggregating and reaction systems

For enabling scientist to develop and perform their research within these topics, RD-IFSC offers different options.

• IFSC laboratory

IFSC Practical course

• IFSC Summer School

• Workshops

• Early-stage support for innovative and high-risk projects. The IFSC Office will help you in every stage of your career to make a project out of your ideas.

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