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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.

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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 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.

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