To investigate nature, to educate people, to accept technical challenges and to co-design the resulting cultural and social changes—these are the key tasks of TU Dortmund University.
From the beginning TU Dortmund University has been dedicated to interdisciplinary cooperation between natural/technical sciences and social/cultural sciences and their specialties with regard to research and teaching. The potentials of these specifics are continually to be used to mutually increase orientation competence, cultural competence, innovation power, critical faculties and technological knowledge and therefore ensure an even higher study quality.
TU Dortmund University does not solely focus on the strengths of its single disciplines but also on the interdisciplinary network among its disciplines. That implies more profile-building features with regard to teaching offers and interdisciplinary research. The interdisciplinary cooperation in the university’s three areas—engineering and computer science, natural sciences and social and cultural sciences—opens up innovative synergy potential in research and cutting-edge education.
TU Dortmund University regards the preservation and improvement of its research achievements as the essential basis for its overall development. Basic research and applied research are in a balanced proportion to each other.
TU Dortmund University especially promotes its four profile areas, which produce a wide variety of interdisciplinary research achievements on an internationally outstanding level:
RESOLV – Ruhr Explores Solvation
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.
Materials Chain pools and strengthens research activities in the field of Materials Science. The goal of the key research initiative is to reach a complete and concise description of the entire materials chain – from atoms to finished technical components and vice versa. Materials Chain covers all stages of modern Materials Science, from designing, manufacturing and refining materials to their characterization and processing within the production chain. This expertise at the three universities of Dortmund, Bochum and Duisburg-Essen, which combines the activities of more than 200 research groups, is highly recognized internationally.