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Special strength in four research profile areas

towerResearch at TU Dortmund University enjoys particular national and international visibility in its four profile areas. Research projects in these fields account for more than two thirds of third-party funding. Additionally, the University Alliance Ruhr (UA Ruhr) pools the research strengths of its three member universities Dortmund, Bochum and Duisburg-Essen in two UA Ruhr Flagship Programs.

The Four Profile Areas of TU Dortmund University

Materials, Production Technology and Logistics

In the comprehensive, interdisciplinary profile area ”Production and Logistics”, researchers explore the entire life-cycle of products and production plants. 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 gives rise to a number of prominent projects and research consortia.

Industrial Engineering at TU Dortmund University is considered among the best in the country, as evidenced by its leading position in the German Research Foundation's ”Funding Atlas”. As a latest addition in 2017, TU Dortmund University coordinates the newly established Transregio 188, a Collaborative Research Center to study ”Damage Controlled Forming Processes”. Likewise, the Faculty of Biochemical and Chemical Engineering is particularly successful in the field of material-converting production.

Dortmund is also a prominent logistics location, strengthened further by the interdisciplinary logistics research center LogistikCampus. This center was established in a joint effort by TU Dortmund University and the Fraunhofer IML to provide both scientific and technical know-how. Fraunhofer IML, TU Dortmund University and the Fraunhofer Institute for Software and Systems Engineering (ISST) also initiated and implemented the "EffizienzCluster LogistikRuhr", a BMBF leading-edge cluster whose 180 corporate partners and 20 research institutions make it Europe’s largest logistics research project.

Chemical Biology, Drug Research and Process Engineering

New developments in the biosciences depend greatly on our understanding of the underlying molecular biological processes and on the development of new microtech tools. This is why TU Dortmund University has developed a research profile area with a strong focus on Chemistry and Molecular Biology as well as a microtechnology component. Our research in Chemical Biology focuses on the function, modification and interactions between proteins and modulators. Our second focus in bioscientific research is the bio-technological production of fine chemicals and drug precursors, including the steps necessary to separate and process them.

In this profile area, the Faculties of Biochemical and Chemical Engineering, Chemistry and Chemical Biology as well as Physics participate in the Cluster of Excellence ”RESOLV – Ruhr Explores Solvation” at Ruhr-Universität Bochum. TU Dortmund University also cooperates closely with the Max Planck Institute of Molecular Physiology (MPI) and the Leibniz Institute for Analytical Sciences (ISAS).

As early as 2014, TU Dortmund University founded its ”Center for Integrated Drug Research” in order to intensify cooperation between science and the pharmaceutical industry and becoming host to the Drug Discovery Hub with funds from the state of North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) in 2017.

Since 2012, the Faculty of Chemistry and Chemical Biology has been driving the research initiative ”Medical Chemistry for Dortmund”, which is funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research.

Data Analysis, Modeling and Simulation

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 overarching hallmark of this profile area is its culture of interdisciplinary cooperation to connect various disciplines such as Physics, Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Electrical and Mechanical Engineering as well as Computer Science, Mathematics, and Statistics.

TU Dortmund University hosts two Collaborative Research Centers (CRC) on the topics of model building, simulation and optimization of complex processes and systems: CRC 823 ”Statistical modeling of nonlinear dynamic processes” and CRC 876 ”Providing information by resource-constrained data analysis”, encompassing research on Big Data and Cyber-Physical Systems. Its research outcomes are applied in many fields, such as personalized medicine, resource-friendly and energy-efficient industrial engineering, sustainable traffic, and 'green' logistics.

Education, Schooling and Inclusion

Our research on youth, school and education produces empirical research outcomes as well as research-based development concepts for the entire range of preschool, school and vocational education. The Faculty of Education, Psychology and Sociology is a major driving force behind this profile area. For three decades, its Center for Research on Education and School Development has continuously analyzed fundamental empirical data on the German education system. The Faculty of Mathematics contributes its strong expertise on didactic research. Research at the Faculty of Rehabilitation Science is focused on inclusive school and educational settings. 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.

Numerous large-scale projects, funded at the federal, state or EU levels or by private foundations are a testament to the superior quality of research in this profile area.

Two UA Ruhr Flagship Programs

Resolv-LogoRESOLV – Ruhr Explores Solvation

The mission of the RESOLV Cluster of Excellence is to develop Solvation Science as a new interdisciplinary field to understand the influence of solvation on reactions, the function of biomolecules, and processes at liquid/solid interfaces. Launched in 2012, RESOLV is now the nation's leading research institution in Solvation Science and one of the top players worldwide. Financed by the DFG Excellence Initiative, it brings together international and regional partners to continuously enhance its research capacities and cement its position among leading research institutions worldwide. In Resolv, scientists from Ruhr-Universität Bochum investigate the role of solvents together with partners from TU Dortmund University and the University of Duisburg-Essen.

Materials Chain-LogoMaterials Chain

Materials Chain pools and strengthens research activities in the field of Materials Science. The goal of the UA Ruhr Flagship Program is to reach a complete and concise description of the entire materials chain – from atoms to finished technical components and vice versa. Materials Chain covers all stages of modern Materials Science, from designing, manufacturing and refining materials to their characterization and processing within the production chain. This expertise at the three universities of Dortmund, Bochum and Duisburg-Essen, which combines the activities of more than 200 research groups, is highly recognized internationally.

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