Clusters of Excellence

Ruhr Explores Solvation

What role do solvent molecules have in phenomena like protein reactions in cells, sustainable reuse of CO2 or the origin of life? Since 2012, we mix our expertise in chemistry, physics and biology to answer these kind of questions.

We apply cutting-edge technologies like laser spectroscopy, scanning microscopy, molecular dynamics. We investigate the faintest interactions between solvent molecules, like water, and the dissolved compounds, like proteins or iron for example. Our research is essential to advance technologies that could reuse CO2 for chemicals production, increase the efficiency of energy conversion and storage, develop smart sensors, or enhance drug delivery.

RESOLV mission is to advance the global research environment of Solvation Science, to ensure the rapid transfer of research findings into key innovative technologies and to inspire the scientists of tomorrow.

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

Involved Institutions:

  • Universität Duisburg-Essen
  • Fraunhofer-Institut für Umwelt-, Sicherheits- und Energietechnik (UMSICHT)
  • Max-Planck-Institut für Eisenforschung GmbH (MPIE)
  • Max-Planck-Institut für Kohlenforschung