RESOLV – Ruhr Explores Solvation

200 scientists from 7 institutions in the German Ruhr Area team up in the Cluster of Excellence Ruhr Explores Solvation (RESOLV in short, external link). The Ruhr-Universität Bochum (RUB) hosts the cluster. Prof. Dr. Martina Havenith from RUB is the cluster Speaker and Coordinator.

What we do, how and why: Leading solvation research

What effects do solvent molecules have on diverse phenomena like corrosion, deep sea life or enzymatic reactions in cells? Since 2012, we mix our expertise in chemistry, physics and biology to answer these questions.

We apply laser spectroscopy, scanning microscopy, molecular dynamics simulations and other cutting-edge technologies. We investigate the faintest interactions between solvent molecules, like water, and the molecules of dissolved materials, like proteins or iron for example. Our research is essential to advance technologies that could reduce pollution, increase the efficiency of energy conversion and storage, prevent corrosion, or enhance drug delivery.

RESOLV mission is to establish Solvation Science as a new discipline, to inspire and train new generations of scientist and to provide society with valuable knowledge for future applications.

RESOLV trains around 100 PhD students, collaborates with over 20 partners around the world, fosters gender equality and technology transfer.