Profile of the RD IFSC


The Research Department Interfacial Systems Chemistry (RD IFSC) was founded in 2009.

Research performed in RD IFSC is truly interdisciplinary and related to chemistry and neighbouring disciplines. The goal is to obtain a better understanding of complex chemical systems.

Research Departments are an integrated part of the institutional "Research Campus RUB" strategy of the Ruhr-Universität Bochum.

Research Departments function as large, collaborative research platforms, each of which spans over several disciplines.

Selection of Research Topics

Solvation Science (RESOLV Cluster of Excellence - EXC 1069, ZEMOS)

In-depth understanding of heterogeneous catalysis, e.g. metal-substrate

Immobilization of functional molecules on surfaces and reactions thereat

Complex biomolecular interactions

Microscopic insights into small aggregating and reaction systems

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Mission Statement

RD IFSC actively supports direct and interdisciplinary interactions and collaborations.

RD IFSC promotes excellent scientists at all stages of their careers.

RD IFSC is committed to diversity and gender equality.

RD IFSC provides an excellent international and state-of-the-art research environment.

Service of the RD IFSC Office

Organization and management of the RD IFSC

Support in acquiring third-party funding and preparing proposals

Support of the international master program „Molecular Sciences and Simulation“ (iMOS)

Support of young scientists (early career researchers)

Access to state-of-the-art instrumentation (IFSC Shared Laboratory)

Organization of events

Public relations

Organizational profile

Rd-ifsc Administrativeplattform Klein

The Research Department IFSC (RD IFSC) was launched in January 2009 by the rector of the Ruhr-University Bochum as part of the future concept strategy “Research Campus” to promote excellent research. It is financially supported by a grant from the ministry for Innovation, Science and Research of North Rhine-Westphalia.

A flat hierarchy is characteristic for the RD IFSC. The central decision making body is the general assembly. The three members of the board as well as the speaker, also a board member, are elected by the general assembly. The speaker is the executive director of the RD IFSC and is assisted by the Science Manager. All actions are taken in accordance whith the terms and conditions of the RD IFSC.

The department has three groups of Principal Investigators (PIs). In addition to the PIs (scientists after their final qualification phase for a professorship who are able to coordinate large research consortia, are well connected in their scientific community and are willing to contribute to network the department) there are Junior-PIs (graduated scientists within their final qualification phase who show high potential for a scientific career) and associated PIs (external scientists who contribute to the goal of the RD IFSC, and fulfil the requirements as a PI). Potential PIs will be recommended by members of general assembly and than elected by the majority of the assembly. PIs are member of the general assembly and can participate in the regular call for proposals of the RD IFSC. Furthermore every scientist with an interesting idea for a research proposal is welcome to apply via a PI for a grant.

Scientific profile of the RD IFSC

Several of the most important, but lesser understood processes occur at interfaces. The Research Department aims to investigate these problems through interplay of synthetic chemistry, analytical and computational methods. Starting out from intermolecular interactions and aggregation of small molecules, it is our vision, to achieve a general understanding of the evolution of chemical complexity. Projects in the Research Department lead up to the development of smart drug carriers, adaptive biosensors, and novel materials for energy conservation. Based on the understanding of the interaction between single molecules or atoms, it is our vision to achieve a microscopic understanding of chemical complexity, from interfaces of condensed matter (e.g. metal-substrate-interaction) to complex molecular architectures (e.g. Biomolecule-Interfaces).