ZEMOS will be realized

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No. 360 - Bochum, 09.11.2011

ZEMOS will be realized

The Joint Science Conference approves the establishment of a “Center for Solvation Science”

100 RUB scientists will be investigating solvent driven and solvent controlled processes

The new research building ZEMOS at the Ruhr-Universität Bochum (RUB) was approved by the Joint Science Conference of Germany (Gemeinsame Wissenschaftskonferenz - GWK): About 44 M Euro will be assigned to the investigation of solvation processes (Solvation Science) at RUB. The new building will offer space for 100 scientists ranging from chemists, biochemists to engineers. Bridging the different and versatile disciplines will be realized in the “Center for Solvation Science” (German: „Zentrum für molekulare Spektroskopie und Simulation solvensgesteuerter Prozesse“ - ZEMOS). “The Ruhr-Universität is performing cutting-edge research in a research field that is rapidly evolving” as the ZEMOS director Prof. Dr. Martina Havenith (Physikalische Chemie) states. “This gives us the unique opportunity, to establish in Bochum an international Center for Solvation Science.”

RESOLV: Ruhr Explores Solvation

ZEMOS is an essential part of the collaborative research proposal RESOLV (Ruhr Explores Solvation). RESOLV is in final race for becoming a Cluster of Excellence in the framework of the Excellence Initiative II of Germany and its states. Numerous institutions and researchers of various departments and scientific areas have joint forces in order to comprehensively investigate solvation processes. Solvation – dissolving of a chemical substance – is one of the most basic processes in chemistry, in chemical engineering, and in biology. The majority of chemical reactions, and virtually all biological processes, take place in a liquid-state environment. “With ZEMOS we have, for the first time in Germany, the opportunity to establish Solvation Science in a true interdisciplinary context. This will be realized keeping important technological challenges of the future in mind”, says Prof. Havenith.

Collaboration with international world-class institutions

ZEMOS will be built east of the ND building. The start of construction will presumably be at the end of 2012. The construction is planned to be completed by winter 2014/15. The center will bundle the expertise of more than 20 research groups of RUB, Max Planck Institutes (“Kohlenforschung”, Mülheim, and “Eisenforschung”, Düsseldorf), and the Fraunhofer Institute “UMSICHT” (Oberhausen) in a total space of almost 4.000 square meters. The new center will intensively and immediately collaborate with international world-class institutions in this research field, such as the universities located in Cambridge, Berkeley, Yale, and the Israeli Weizmann Institute.

Editorial journalist

Jens Wylkop
Press Office Ruhr University Bochum

Further information

Prof. Dr. Martina Havenith, Fakultät für Chemie und Biochemie der Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Lehrstuhl Physikalische Chemie II, Tel. +49 234 32 24249




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