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TU Dortmund University Offering First Humboldt Professorship

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A portrait picture of a man on a square outside, the man is Prof. Edvardas Narevicius. © Ohad Herches
Prof. Narevicius has been with the Weizmann Institute of Science since 2008 as head of the Quantum Molecular Lab.

TU Dortmund University has successfully nominated Prof. Edvardas Narevicius from the Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel for a Humboldt Professorship. The scientist is to be appointed to the Department of Physics to work on ultracold reactions in the Research Center Chemical Sciences and Sustainability at University Alliance Ruhr (UA Ruhr). The 49-year-old chemist is a pioneer in the experimental research on quantum effects in molecular collisions, which can only be detected at extremely low temperatures close to absolute zero.

The Humboldt Foundation announced on 1 June that ten leading international scientists will be offered a Humboldt Professorship at a university in Germany in the first selection round of the year. With funding of up to 5 million euros for five years, the Humboldt Professorship is Germany's most highly endowed international research award. The Federal Ministry of Education and Research will grant the funding, if the candidate takes up the professorship at the nominating university. At TU Dortmund University, the appointment of the successful candidate could possibly take place as early as 1 August.

Prof. Narevicius has been with the Weizmann Institute of Science since 2008. As head of the Quantum Molecular Lab he has built an international reputation in the field of chemical physics by demonstrating quantum effects in molecular collisions. His experiments have high potential to better understand physical processes and chemical reactions. In 2020, for example, he received an ERC Advanced Grant from the European Research Council for experimental studies of quantum gases, which have been methodologically inaccessible due to a lack of suitable cooling technology so far. By developing an apparatus that effectively slows down molecules and "freezes" them at a few millikelvin, new pioneering studies are possible that could be as relevant for astrophysics as for quantum chemistry or quantum IT.

Professorship at Research Alliance Ruhr

The new professorship Ultracold Reactions is to be assigned to the Research Center Chemical Sciences and Sustainability at UA Ruhr. It would be the first professorship to be filled by an international appointment at the newly founded Research Alliance Ruhr. The Research Center aims to understand chemical products, processes and reactions at the molecular level and to use this knowledge for environmentally friendly and economically competitive innovations. The chemical industry is just as much in focus as the production of building materials or pharmaceuticals. With the Cluster of Excellence “RESOLV - Ruhr explores solvation”t, the UA Ruhr already has a leading international consortium that focuses on the effect that solvents such as water have on processes to identify potential for optimization. The Humboldt Professorship will collaborate closely with the RESOLV consortium.

Press release Humboldt Foundation (in German)

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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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