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

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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.

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