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Nature Index honors TU Dort­mund University as a “Rising Star”

Apparatus at the Center for Synchotron Radiation (DELTA) © Jürgen Huhn
Detail of the Center for Synchotron Radiation (DELTA)

Nature Index’s 2018 list of “Rising Stars” ranked TU Dort­mund University among the world’s top 50 and number two in Germany. The fields of Chemistry and Physics performed particularly well in the rankings. This placement confirms the excellent research that is taking place at TU Dort­mund University and is the result of many top-notch third-party-funded projects and in­ter­na­tio­nal collaborations. Once a year, the renowned science journal Nature confers the label of “rising stars” on scientific institutions whose index rank has soared significantly.

The Nature Index lists research institutions around the globe by their quantitative publication output in 82 selected quality journals. In addition to absolute publication figures, they also determine the “fractional count”, which measures the number of published articles in relation to the number of institutions involved. Among the disciplines of TU Dort­mund University, Physics and Chemistry ranked highest. Overall, the rank of TU Dort­mund University in the Nature Index rose by 80% between 2015 and 2017, putting it in 344th place out of a total of more than 9,000 institutions worldwide.

Numerous grant programs as well as research projects with domestic and in­ter­na­tio­nal partners bear witness to the excellent research performance of TU Dort­mund University: The Cluster of Excellence RESOLV (Ruhr Explores Solvation) is a collaboration with Ruhr-Uni­ver­si­tät Bochum and five other partners exploring the role of solvents. In this project, which receives 28 million Euros in funding from the German Research Foundation (DFG), chemists and physicists work together to find opportunities for application in green chemistry, medical technologies and photovoltaics.

Close domestic and in­ter­na­tio­nal partnerships

Nature identified the Max Planck Society as  the strongest partner of TU Dort­mund University at the national level. In numerous collaborations with the Max Planck Institute of Molecular Physiology, TU Dort­mund University was able to achieve internationally acclaimed successes in the field of drug discovery. Nature Index identifies the Russian Academy of Sciences as the strongest in­ter­na­tio­nal partner of TU Dort­mund University. Especially in the DFG’s Collaborative Research Center Transregio (TRR) 160, headed by Prof. Manfred Bayer from the Faculty of Physics, TU Dort­mund University works together closely with research institutions in Russia. Just like its collaborations at national level, the collaboration on “Coherent manipulation of interacting spin excitations in tailored semiconductors” has delivered high-profile research results.

“Our researchers have been continuously expanding their collaboration with in­ter­na­tio­nal colleagues as well as with corporate partners,” Prof. Gabriele Sadowski, Prorector Research at TU Dort­mund University, confirms. INVITE is an example of successful corporate cooperation: The research center is a public-private partnership between TU Dort­mund University, Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf and Bayer AG. At the Chempark Leverkusen, the three partners conduct joint research on innovative technologies for administering medications.

Nature Index

Since 2014, Nature has been publishing its annual Nature Index that tracks the authorship of publications in 82 quality journals. The journals are determined by surveys taken among more than 6,600 scientists. The ranking is based on the absolute number of articles (article count) as well as the percentage share of institutions in those publications (fractional count).

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Location & approach

The campus of TU Dort­mund University is located close to interstate junction Dort­mund West, where the Sauerlandlinie A 45 (Frankfurt-Dort­mund) crosses the Ruhrschnellweg B 1 / A 40. The best interstate exit to take from A 45 is "Dort­mund-Eichlinghofen" (closer to Campus Süd), and from B 1 / A 40 "Dort­mund-Dorstfeld" (closer to Campus Nord). Signs for the uni­ver­si­ty are located at both exits. Also, there is a new exit before you pass over the B 1-bridge leading into Dort­mund.

To get from Campus Nord to Campus Süd by car, there is the connection via Vogelpothsweg/Baroper Straße. We recommend you leave your car on one of the parking lots at Campus Nord and use the H-Bahn (suspended monorail system), which conveniently connects the two campuses.

TU Dort­mund University has its own train station ("Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät"). From there, suburban trains (S-Bahn) leave for Dort­mund main station ("Dort­mund Hauptbahnhof") and Düsseldorf main station via the "Düsseldorf Airport Train Station" (take S-Bahn number 1, which leaves every 20 or 30 minutes). The uni­ver­si­ty is easily reached from Bochum, Essen, Mülheim an der Ruhr and Duisburg.

You can also take the bus or subway train from Dort­mund city to the uni­ver­si­ty: From Dort­mund main station, you can take any train bound for the Station "Stadtgarten", usually lines U41, U45, U 47 and U49. At "Stadtgarten" you switch trains and get on line U42 towards "Hombruch". Look out for the Station "An der Palmweide". From the bus stop just across the road, busses bound for TU Dort­mund University leave every ten minutes (445, 447 and 462). Another option is to take the subway routes U41, U45, U47 and U49 from Dort­mund main station to the stop "Dort­mund Kampstraße". From there, take U43 or U44 to the stop "Dort­mund Wittener Straße". Switch to bus line 447 and get off at "Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät S".

Dort­mund Airport offers flights to several destinations in Central Europe. There are regular connections to Katowice, Kraków, London and Munich. For the approximately 20km-trip from Dort­mund Airport to TU Dort­mund University, you can use a shuttle bus to the railway Station "Bahnhof Holzwickede", from which trains depart to Dort­mund main station (please visit Verkehrsverbund Rhein-Ruhr for more in­for­mation). Normally, the fastest way is to catch a taxi at Dort­mund Airport.

The H-Bahn is one of the hallmarks of TU Dort­mund University. There are two stations on Campus Nord. One ("Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät S") is directly located at the suburban train stop, which connects the uni­ver­si­ty directly with the city of Dort­mund and the rest of the Ruhr Area. Also from this station, there are connections to the "Technologiepark" and (via Campus Süd) Eichlinghofen. The other station is located at the dining hall at Campus Nord and offers a direct connection to Campus Süd every five minutes.