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Research Areas of TU Dort­mund Uni­ver­sity

TU Dort­mund Uni­ver­sity is an internationally recognized re­search uni­ver­si­ty with a diverse profile in engineering, natural sciences, social sciences and the humanities. The Uni­ver­sity’s in­no­va­ti­ve re­search activities across disciplines is most distinguished in the four profile areas ranked at the top in Germany:

  • Materials, Production Technology and Logistics
  • Chemical Biology, Drug Research and Process Engineering
  • Data Analysis, Modeling and Si­mu­la­tion
  • Education, Schooling and Inclusion

At the level of the Uni­ver­sity Alliance Ruhr, the joint flagship programs “Ruhr Explores Solvation (RESOLV)” and “Materials Chain” as well as the competence field “Metropolitan Research” bring together researcher ex­per­tise from the universities of Dort­mund, Bo­chum and Duis­burg-Essen and re­nowned in­ter­na­tio­nal partners to form visionary re­search initiatives.

The Four Profile Areas of TU Dort­mund Uni­ver­sity

Re­searchers in the profile area “Material, Production and Logistics” take a comprehensive approach to explore fundamental material properties, the life-cycle of products and production plants and their interplay in modern logistics. The profile area is a joint cooperation Extensive cooperation between the Department of Mechanical Engineering and the Fraun­ho­fer In­sti­tute for Material Flow and Logistics (IML) with the Departments of Physics, Mathematics, Com­pu­ter Science and Sta­tis­tics.

Dort­mund’s ex­per­tise in Logistics and Engineering supports the re­search focus “Industry 4.0” along with eminent strengths in computer science, electrical engineering and social sciences. Together, researchers from these fields develop concepts and responses to the increasing digitization of labor and production processes thus shaping the di­gi­tal transformation of economy and society.

TU Dort­mund Uni­ver­sity is a national leader in production technology and logistics. Hallmark projects are CRC/TRRs 73 and 188 and EffizienzCluster LogistikRuhr, in which TU Dort­mund Uni­ver­sity and the Fraun­ho­fer Institutes for Material Flow and Logistics and Soft­ware and Sys­tems Technology join know-how and ex­per­tise.

Prominent projects within the profile area include:

  • CRC/TRR 188, a Collaborative Research Center to study “Damage Con­trolled Forming Pro­cess­es
  • CRC/TRR 73, a Collaborative Research Center in­ves­ti­gat­ing “Sheet-Bulk Metal Forming”
  • EffizienzCluster LogistikRuhr, a BMBF leading-edge cluster whose 180 corporate partners and 20 re­search in­sti­tu­ti­ons make it Europe’s largest logistics re­search proj­ect

New developments in chemical, biotechnological and pharmaceutical products and processes require a thorough understanding of the underlying molecular biological processes and on the development of new processing tools. This re­search focuses on the function and modification of small mol­ecules and their interactions as well as on the chemical and biotechnological production of fine chemicals and drug precursors.

TU Dort­mund Uni­ver­sity has strongly driven such re­search with a particular focus on Chem­is­try and Molecular Biology as well as a microtechnology and process engineering.

In this profile area, the Departments of Biochemical and Chemical Engineering, Chem­is­try and Chemical Biology and Physics participate in the Cluster of Excellence “RESOLV – Ruhr Explores Solvation” at Ruhr-Uni­ver­si­tät Bo­chum.

The “Center for Integrated Drug Research” and “Drug Discovery Hub Dort­mund” combine the ex­per­tise of two departments, three Max Planck and Leibniz Institutes and commercial experience in order to translate academic innovation in drug re­search into pharmaceutical application.

Prominent projects within the profile area include:

  • RESOLV, the Cluster of Excellence defining the novel inter­dis­ci­plin­ary field of Solvation Science,
  • CRC/TRR 63, “Integrated Chemical Pro­cess­es in Liquid Multiphase Sys­tems, doing BLA”,
  • The BMBF-funded re­search initiative “Medicinal Chem­is­try for Dort­mund”, establishing three early career re­search groups and
  • Drug Discovery Hub Dort­mund, a TU Dort­mund-led con­sor­tium for the efficient transfer of academic innovation into pharmaceutical application.

Data Analysis is the key discipline of modern science. Increasingly complex systems in the natural sciences, engineering and eco­nom­ics require new descriptive models. Such models rely on theoretical insights, but increasingly also on powerful computing, as the amounts of data involved are often very large.

The profile area “Data Analysis, Modeling and Si­mu­la­tion” unites researchers from the Departments of Com­pu­ter Science, Mathematics, and Sta­tis­tics, Physics, Chem­is­try, Chemical Engineering, Electrical and Mechanical Engineering as well as the Fraun­ho­fer In­sti­tute for Soft­ware and Sys­tems Engineering (ISST).

TU Dort­mund Uni­ver­sity hosts two Collaborative Research Centers (CRC) in model building, simulation and optimization of complex processes and systems as well as the Competence Center Machine Learnung Rhine-Ruhr:

  • CRC 823 „Statistical modeling of nonlinear dynamic processes“, a strongly inter­dis­ci­plin­ary approach of identifying common patterns in seemingly unconnected processes,
  • CRC 876 „Providing in­for­mation by resource-constrained data analysis“, developing cutting-edge approaches to analyze and handle Big Data, and
  • ML2R, The Competence Center Machine Learn­ing Rhine-Ruhr.


The profile area “Education, Schooling and Inclusion” pursues a comprehensive approach to education re­search from a wide base: empirical, theoretical and historical education re­search as well as applied social sciences and teaching methodology.

The profile area joins ex­per­tise from the Departments of Educationals Sciences and Psychology, Rehabilitation Sciences, and Social Sciences and ex­per­tise in teaching methodology from all disciplines available at TU Dort­mund Uni­ver­sity. The Dort­mund Competence Center for Teacher Train­ing and Educational Research (DoKoLL), the German Academy for Educational Leaders (DAPF), the Center for Applied Psychology and the Center for Higher Education Research (zhb) all contribute their skills and assets to strengthen this profile area.

Nationally influential surveys like “IGLU/PIRLS 2016” and contributions the National Education Panel Study represent Dort­mund’s re­search ex­per­tise. Future re­search directions will expand into inclusive approaches to education and the working environment.

Prominent projects within the profile area include:

  • DoProfiL, developing next-gen­era­tion methods of teaching in inclusive education,
  • TIMSS (Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study), a nation-wide assessment of primary school mathematical and scientific competence,
  • PIRLS/IGLU (Progress in International Reading Literacy Study), a nation-wide assessment of primary school reading competence, and
  •  „Easy Reading“, a joint European proj­ect on how to increase inclusive access to di­gi­tal in­for­mation.

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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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