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Construction of CALEDO Research Center to Start in 2021

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Digital sketch of a large brown building © Gerber​/​TU Dort­mund
This is how the new research building will look: It was designed by Gerber Architekten, Dort­mund.

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 Vice-President 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".

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 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.

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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