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TU Dortmund University can look forward to the groundbreaking of the Center for Advanced Liquid-Phase Engineering Dortmund (CALEDO) in the next year. With their application, Professor Gabriele Sadowski from the Faculty of Biochemical and Chemical Engineering and Prorector Research at TU Dortmund University and her dedicated team of researchers emerged successful after four rounds of a tough nationwide competition. On Friday, 24 April 2020, the Science Council announced its final decision – the national and regional governments will each fund 50 percent of the construction costs for the CALEDO building.
The € 72 million in funding represents about € 57 million in construction costs, € 10 million for large-scale scientific apparatus and about € 4 million for the initial setup. The building will have a surface area of 3,606 m2 and provide over 103 workplaces in state-of-the-art laboratories. The University’s success in the research building competition will be reflected in its splendid appearance: CALEDO was designed by internationally renowned Dortmund-based Gerber Architekten.
Customized liquid phases for environmentally friendly processes
“With CALEDO, an internationally visible research center will be established at TU Dortmund University for the knowledge-based design of liquid phases,” says Professor Sadowski. Liquid phases play an important role in natural and industrial processes. For example, without water biological life would be inconceivable. At CALEDO, customized liquid phases will be produced for environmentally friendly and innovative processes in chemistry and biotechnology or for pharmaceutical products. The goal is to study the interactions between the molecules involved in order to drastically reduce the number of costly and time-consuming test series in future.
Six additional professorships
Various research groups at the Faculty of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, the Faculty of Physics and the Faculty of Biochemical and Chemical Engineering of TU Dortmund University are already working very successfully on aspects of this topic. This successful work can also be seen in the acquisition of the RESOLV cluster of excellence, together with Ruhr University Bochum. Now that the funding has been approved, TU Dortmund University will set up a total of six additional professorships in this research field as well as two further professorships with a corresponding focus. The new research building will provide a new home with ideal conditions for scientific work.
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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.