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With around € 1.25 million over two years from 2022 onwards, the Mercator Research Center Ruhr (MERCUR) will fund three new collaborative research projects within the University Alliance Ruhr (UA Ruhr). TU Dortmund University will work together with Ruhr Universität Bochum (RUB) on projects in the fields of developmental psychology, DNA nanotechnology and ultrashort pulse lasers.
The researchers involved are using the MERCUR funding to build up research networks within UA Ruhr over the longer term. A good half of the funding is provided by the Mercator Foundation, and the other half is financed proportionally by the universities.
Professor Norbert Zmyj from TU Dortmund University is conducting research in the field of developmental psychology together with Professor Sabine Seehagen from RUB. Funds of around € 350,000 will be allocated to the project “ManyRuhrBabies: The Role of Contextual Factors in the Development of Social-Cognitive Abilities”. Sudden fluctuations in immediate well-being are characteristic for infants and toddlers. Astonishingly, however, little is known about how immediate well-being impacts on early childhood cognition. That is why the team, with the help of innovative methods and a cooperative approach, would like to launch a systematic examination of the interaction between well-being and cognition in infancy.
Professor Guido Clever from TU Dortmund University and Professor Thomas Happe from RUB are working together in the field of DNA nanotechnology. They will receive around € 420,000 for their project “Design of DNA-based Redox Systems”. In DNA nanotechnology, researchers develop functional materials from DNA for technical, chemical or medical applications. In the framework of this project, the participants want to produce novel, DNA-based redox modules for sensor technology and green chemistry applications, e.g., in hydrogen production.
Ultrashort pulse lasers
Professor Mirko Cinchetti from TU Dortmund University and Professor Clara Saraceno from RUB are conducting research on ultrashort pulse lasers. They will receive total funding of € 480,000 for the project “Towards a UA Ruhr Ultrafast Laser Science Center: Tailored fs-XUV Beamline for Photoemission Spectroscopy”. The objective of the project is to link ultrashort pulse laser research, development and applications more closely. The team will build an ultrafast spectroscopic tool with unique performance and flexibility, which is based on state-of-the-art ultrafast laser technology and customized specifically for photoemission spectroscopy. The project should form the basis for submitting an application for an ERC Synergy Grant as well as for establishing a new “UA Ruhr Ultrafast Laser Science Center”.
The University Alliance Ruhr
Ruhr Universität Bochum, TU Dortmund University and the University of Duisburg-Essen have been working closely and strategically together under the umbrella of UA Ruhr since 2007. By joining forces, the partner universities’ performance is systematically upgraded. Reflecting the motto “better together”, there are meanwhile over 100 cooperative projects in research, teaching, and administration. With over 120,000 students and almost 1,300 professors, UA Ruhr is one of Germany’s largest and top-performing centers of science and research.
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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”.