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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 Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and the Fraunhofer Institute for Material Flow and Logistics (IML) with the Faculties 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 and
  • ELLI2 – a BMBF-funded consortium to develop Engineering Education 4.0, novel concepts of learning and teaching in engineering.

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 Faculties 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 faculties, 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 Faculites 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 Faculties of Education, Psychology and Sociology, Mathematics and Rehabilitation Science 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 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.