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New Collaboration between the Cluster of Excellence RESOLV and the Swiss Research Center MUST

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A scientist examines laser devices in a lab. © Marquard​/​RUB
Laser technology is used in the Bochum-Dort­mund Cluster of Excellence Ruhr Explores Solvation (RESOLV).

The Bochum–Dort­mund Cluster of Excellence RESOLV collaborates with the Swiss National Center of Competence in Research MUST. The new fellowship program supports 50 postdoctoral researchers in several locations in Germany and Switzerland.

A new fellowship program for postdoctoral researchers is created through a collaboration between two interdisciplinary research networks: the Swiss National Center of Competence in Research “Molecular Ultrafast Science and Technology” (NCCR-MUST) and the Bochum–Dort­mund Cluster of Excellence “Ruhr Explores Solvation” (RESOLV). The transnational collaboration comprises 50 research groups from the fields of chemistry, physics, materials science, engineering and biology. The European Union supports the fellowship program with 3.54 million euros under the Horizon 2020 program as a Marie-Skłodowska-Curie COFUND Action.

The program, which starts in April 2019 and runs until September 2023, is called “Resolving Solvation with Molecular Ultrafast Science and Technology”, FP-RESOMUS in short. Its aim is to answer interdisciplinary questions at the interface of research on solvents and ultrafast processes using both simulation methods and the latest experimental technologies. The members of the program benefit from the complementary expertise in the respective networks.

Program in Germany and Switzerland

FP-RESOMUS supports 50 postdoctoral researchers in several locations in Germany and Switzerland. They investigate on a microscopic level how solvents influence various phenomena in nature and technology, and how ultrafast processes take place and can be improved.

The fellowship program addresses early career researchers who are currently working outside of Germany and Switzerland, or who have recently started working there. FP-RESOMUS gives them the opportunity to gain experience in different locations. They benefit from extensive training opportunities, especially in scientific methods, but also in soft skills like application methodology, project management, languages and writing courses.

About the COFUND program

With the Marie-Skłodowska-Curie COFUND Actions the European Commission supports both existing and new training and career-development programs for early career and experienced researchers. This helps the researchers to find their way to scientific independence. Regional as well as national and in­ter­na­tio­nal fellowship programs for postdocs or doctoral researchers are co-funded by this program. 

About RESOLV

The German Cluster of Excellence RESOLV consists of more than 200 scientists at six locations in the Ruhr area. The federal government and the federal states have funded the Cluster of Excellence as part of the Excellence Strategy – formerly the Excellence Initiative – since 2012.

The network investigates how solvents are involved in the mediation and control of chemical reactions. Most chemical reactions, important industrial processes and almost all biological processes take place in the liquid phase, with the solvents having an important role. Professor Martina Havenith from the Bochum Department of Physical Chemistry II is the speaker of the cluster.

About NCCR MUST in Switzerland

The Swiss National Center of Competence in Research “MUST” is a multidisciplinary network with more than 150 researchers at seven locations throughout Switzerland. It has been funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation since 2010. In this network, ultrafast processes in nature are investigated using laser technology, spectroscopy and simulation methods. Research questions include how photosynthesis, solar cells, the storage of data, electron transport and chemical reactions work at the molecular level and at very short timescales – and how such processes can be improved. Professor Ursula Keller (ETH Zurich) and Professor Thomas Feurer (Universität Bern) lead the network.

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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.