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UA Ruhr professorship for Manfred Bayer

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Portrait photo of Manfred Bayer. © Roland Baege​/​TU Dort­mund
Manfred Bayer’s appointment is the sixth joint Ruhr professorship.

Professor Manfred Bayer of TU Dort­mund University has been appointed as a joint professor of the University Alliance Ruhr (UA Ruhr): The physicist will work closely together with researchers at Ruhr University Bochum (RUB) and the University of Duisburg-Essen (UDE).

As UA Ruhr professor, Manfred Bayer will examine new types of materials with the help of laser spectroscopy and act as an interface within the alliance between physics, chemistry and materials science: This collaboration should enhance scientists’ understanding of what are known as 2D materials, which are composed of just a single atomic layer, and boost the further development of such materials. The objective in particular is to combine different 2D materials, such as semiconducting systems with superconducting or ferromagnetic ones, so that they reciprocally influence each other. In this way, it will be possible in future to manufacture inexpensive components with low energy consumption that are also environmentally sound.

The Mercator Research Center Ruhr (MERCUR) is supporting the new UA Ruhr professorship with around € 1 million – and thus also fostering the complementary strengths that the researchers at the three universities are contributing to their joint work: For example, UDE will produce the materials and analyze them on nanometer scale; a new manufacturing process is currently being developed for this in Bochum. Both universities are also using a wide range of computing methods for the theoretical description of the materials, while the physicists in Bayer’s working group in Dort­mund are primarily engaged in their optical examination with the help of advanced spectroscopy.


Professor Manfred Bayer has been professor for experimental physics at TU Dort­mund University since 2002. His special field is spectroscopy of condensed matter. Since 2015 he has been spokesperson for the German-Russian Collaborative Research Center/Transregio 160 “Coherent Manipulation of Interacting Spin Excitations in Tailored Semiconductors” and since 2014 spokesperson at TU Dort­mund University for CRC/TTR 142 “Tailored Non-linear Photonics”. He brings with him an in­ter­na­tio­nal network, from which all the institutions involved will profit.

About the UA Ruhr professorships

Manfred Bayer’s appointment is the sixth joint Ruhr professorship. The first was that of physicist Professor Claus M. Schneider, UDE, in 2010. He was followed by genome informatics expert Professor Sven Rahmann from UDE in 2013 and chemist Professor Martina Havenith from RUB together with Professor Petra Wiederkehr from Dort­mund, a specialist in engineering informatics, in 2017. In 2018, chemist Professor Malte Behrens, UDE, was appointed to a UA Ruhr professorship. The UA Ruhr professorship has been sponsored by MERCUR since 2103.

About the University Alliance Ruhr

Under the motto “Better Together”, Ruhr-Uni­ver­si­tät Bochum, TU Dort­mund University and the University of Duisburg-Essen have joined together to form the University Alliance Ruhr (UA Ruhr). Since 2007, the three major universities in the Ruhr region have been pooling their expertise and thus strengthening their capabilities.

The statistics of the UA Ruhr give an impression of the shared diversity and strength: more than 120,000 young people study, conduct research and work together in a network encompassing a subject spectrum ranging from engineering and natural sciences to the humanities, social sciences and medicine. The UA Ruhr thus makes the Ruhr region one of the strongest science locations in Germany.

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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.