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Excellent re­search at TU Dort­mund Uni­ver­sity

Picture of ZEMOS, a large research building with a partial glass front © M. Hadi Timachi
ZEMOS is the first re­search building for solvation science in the world.

TU Dort­mund Uni­ver­sity is in­no­va­ti­ve and strong in all re­search disciplines. Numerous re­search awards and prizes, over 1000 third-party funded projects, in­ter­na­tio­nal cooperations and large collaborative projects are proof of the re­search success of all of the Uni­ver­sity’s fa­cul­ties.

The re­search strength of TU Dort­mund Uni­ver­sity is particularly distinguished in its four profile areas, in which the Uni­ver­sity has achieved outstanding in­ter­na­tio­nal success beyond disciplinary boundaries.

In the profile area of „Chemical Biology, Drug Research and Process Engineering“, one proj­ect particularly stands for the excellent re­search that is conducted at TU Dort­mund Uni­ver­sity: the Ruhr Explores Solvation (Resolv) Cluster of Excellence, hosted at both Ruhr-Uni­ver­si­tät Bochum (RUB) and TU Dort­mund Uni­ver­sity.

In Resolv – Understanding and Design of Solvent-Con­trolled Pro­cess­es –, sci­en­tists investigate the role of solvents. Most chemical reactions, im­por­tant industrial processes and almost all biological processes take place in the liquid phase. The team from the Resolv Cluster of Excellence wants to understand how the solvent is involved in the control, mediation and regulation of chemical reactions. More than 200 chemists, physicists and engineers are working together to decipher the role of solvent mol­ecules and develop new concepts for industry based on their findings, for example for energy conversion and storage or for the development of smart sensors.

Experts from RUB and TU Dort­mund Uni­ver­sity have already been successfully cooperating with sci­en­tists from the Uni­ver­sity of Duis­burg-Essen and other non-uni­ver­si­ty partners during the first funding phase of Resolv. The German Research Foun­da­tion (DFG) supported the Resolv Cluster of Excellence at RUB from 2012 to 2018. Starting from 2019, Resolv will receive million-dollar funding for another seven years, giving a boost to solvent re­search and the entire Ruhr area, which is increasingly becoming an attractive location for internationally re­nowned re­search.

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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 South Cam­pus), and from B 1 / A 40 “Dort­mund-Dorstfeld” (closer to North Cam­pus). 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 North Cam­pus to South Cam­pus by car, there is the connection via Vo­gel­pothsweg/Baroper Straße. We recommend you leave your car on one of the parking lots at North Cam­pus 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 15 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”.

The AirportExpress is a fast and convenient means of transport from Dort­mund Airport (DTM) to Dort­mund Central Station, taking you there in little more than 20 minutes. From Dort­mund Central Station, you can continue to the uni­ver­si­ty campus by interurban railway (S-Bahn). A larger range of in­ter­na­tio­nal flight connections is offered at Düsseldorf Airport (DUS), which is about 60 kilometres away and can be directly reached by S-Bahn from the uni­ver­si­ty station.

The H-Bahn is one of the hallmarks of TU Dort­mund Uni­ver­sity. There are two stations on North Cam­pus. 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 South Cam­pus) Eichlinghofen. The other station is located at the dining hall at North Cam­pus and offers a direct connection to South Cam­pus every five minutes.

The facilities of TU Dort­mund Uni­ver­sity are spread over two campuses, the larger Cam­pus North and the smaller Cam­pus South. Additionally, some areas of the uni­ver­si­ty are located in the adjacent “Technologiepark”.

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