Our projects on "Solvation Science" frequently give rise to press releases by the Ruhr University, highlighting our work.

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May 24, 2018

Substance libraries for new antibiotics

How the pharmaceutical industry could obtain new active ingredients in the future.
April 17, 2018

Carbon dioxide as a raw material

This chemical reaction could someday make it possible to put the climate-damaging gas to good use.
April 13, 2018

Observing biological nanotransporters

How molecules are transported through membranes.
March 07, 2018

Creating complex molecules in just a few steps

This process could make the synthesis of drugs and other substances easier, more environmentally friendly and cheaper.
February 27, 2018

Resolv team from RUB and TU Dortmund together seeking funding

At the New Year’s reception, the team presented a proud record as well as the vision for the new proposal.
February 20, 2018

Nicolas Plumeré awarded a grant by the European Research Council

The grant will be invested into translating the concept into a commercial product that has been designed to make farmers’ lives easier.
February 20, 2018

To Fertilise or Not To Fertilise – There Is No Question

It takes farmers only a minute to check if their field needs fertilising – and if so, with what.
December 21, 2017

Tracking a solvation process step by step

Numerous chemical and industrial processes take place in solution. But the exact interactions between solvent and solute are not yet understood.
December 14, 2017

Protein environment makes catalyst efficient

Biocatalysts are large protein molecules. The actual reaction takes place only at a small centrepiece. But the rest also plays a role.
September 04, 2017

Chemistry in a small space

There is not much room in cells. The molecules are tightly packed. Does this influence their function? And do experiments have to take this influence into account?
September 04, 2017

Therapy approach for Huntington’s disease

Computer simulations and experiments with cells have yielded promising results.
July 21, 2017

How enzymes produce hydrogen

For years, researchers had assumed that a highly unstable intermediate state had to exist in the reaction. No one was able to verify this. Until now.
July 03, 2017

How proteins bring together membrane blebs

This mechanism could be a crucial step in the cellular degradation of pathogens.
June 30, 2017

Catalysts stay on the electrode surface

The method developed by chemists from Bochum is as easy as varnishing a car door. It could make new catalysts operational in the industry.
June 17, 2017

Researchers produce new biodiesel

In the EU, automotive diesel contains only seven per cent biodiesel. Conventional diesel engines cannot sustain more than that. Until now.
May 26, 2017

Self-healing catalyst films for hydrogen production

Chemically aggressive conditions prevail during the manufacture of hydrogen from water. This wears out the catalysts used. It would be practical if they were to regenerate themselves.
May 22, 2017

Water mapping around solutes

Chemists investigated alcohols using a new procedure, Terahertz Calorimetry. Later, they want to work on larger molecules. This could help when developing medications.
May 02, 2017

RNA molecules in the primordial soup could have been highly reactive

Not only proteins, but also RNA molecules could have contributed to important catalytic functions during the creation of life.
April 03, 2017

RESOLV gains reinforcement from Taiwan

He has achieved ground-breaking success in the field of spectroscopy. Taiwanese academic Yuan-Pern Lee is now bringing his expertise with him to RUB.
March 24, 2017

Biosensor for detecting defects in the protein balance of cells

Cells are full. Full of a wide range of proteins. What matters is the right mixture. To explore this, German, Australian and American scientists have been given around 1.2 million euros of funding from the Human Frontier Science Program.
March 06, 2017

Martina Havenith gets inter-university professorship

The Cluster of Excellence RESOLV will receive the boost of an inter-institutional professorship, to expand laser spectroscopy technology within the research field of solvation science.
February 13, 2017

Observing proteins in their natural environment

Without intensive fundamental research, it will never be possible to successfully combat illnesses such as Alzheimer’s or Huntington’s. Simon Ebbinghaus has now been honoured in the USA for his contribution to research.
February 02, 2017

The possibly smallest RUB script in the world

How many atoms are necessary to write the acronym of Ruhr-Universität Bochum? The answer is 31. It takes merely this few silver atoms to legibly write RUB with a low temperature scanning tunnelling microscope.
January 25, 2017

RESOLV enters the race as University Alliance Ruhr

The RESOLV team gives insights into their Excellence Strategy for Solvation Science.
December 04, 2016

Getting nanoparticle catalysts into shape

The European Research Council is supporting the catalyst research of Bochum-based scientist Beatriz Roldán Cuenya. Ultimately, this could help to use climate-damaging CO2 in a sensible way.
November 15, 2016

New biofuel cell with energy storage

Efficiently producing and storing energy – such as for implanted medical systems – is a challenge for our society. A biocatalyst-polymer system could take on both tasks at once.
October 25, 2016

Splitting disulphide bonds in water is more complicated than assumed

In proteins and rubber, they are indispensable: bonds between two sulphur atoms that link long molecules together. Pulling from outside on the disulphide bonds triggers unexpectedly complicated processes.
October 20, 2016

Kristina Tschulik receives Joachim Walther Schultze-Prize

Nanoparticles could become the key to sustainable energy technologies. Kristina Tschulik has been recently awarded for her research in the field.
October 19, 2016

Top RESOLV scientists attend famous Solvay Conference

An invitation that is not for everyone. Three members of the Cluster of Excellence Resolv will participate.
October 06, 2016

How solvent molecules cooperate in reactions

The solvent is far more than just the environment for a chemical reaction. A recent study reveals new insights into the role of solvent molecules.
September 28, 2016

How bacterial proteins transport energy

Bacteria can transfer energy from one membrane to another. How the proteins responsible for the process are arranged has been a mystery for a long time.
September 21, 2016

International Symposium at the RUB: "Chemistry in solution"

Europe’s leading conference for theoretical chemistry returns to Bochum after more than 30 years. It focuses on chemical processes in solutions.
September 15, 2016

Less expensive catalysts for energy conversion: Nicolas Plumeré receives ERC Starting Grant

Storing power from renewable energy sources is a challenge. Nicolas Plumeré wants to meet that challenge with funding from the European Research Council.
September 15, 2016

ERC Starting Grant for Viktoria Däschlein-Gessner

With funds from the ERC Starting Grant, she wants to develop new ligand systems with unique bonding properties. These chemical systems are bound to metals, for example to influence the activity of catalysts or to stabilize reactive compounds.
September 05, 2016

Martina Havenith receives Sophie La Roche Prize

Prof. Martina Havenith receives the Sophie La Roche prize for her extraordinary commitment to the support of women in science.