Forschung im Labor

Scientific focus

Research at Ruhr University Bochum is characterised by interdisciplinary collaboration.

Researchers at Ruhr University pursue interdisciplinary research projects in nine Research Departments. In the process, they overcome the boundaries between different disciplines and strengthen knowledge exchange at the university and beyond, with external partners within University Alliance Ruhr and among universities in Germany and abroad.

Our main focuses are:

  • Solvation Science
  • IT Security
  • Neuroscience
  • Materials Research Department
  • Center for Religious Studies
  • Protein Research Department
  • Plasmas with Complex Interactions
  • Subsurface Modeling and Engineering
  • Closed Carbon Cycle Economy

Research Departments

Excellent infrastructure

Competing against other German institutions who are likewise striving to establish research infrastructures of national relevance, Ruhr University has acquired grants for five new research buildings to date. They provide optimal conditions for state-of-the-art research:

  • ZEMOS – Centre for Molecular Spectroscopy and Simulation of Solvent-directed Processes
  • ZGH – Center for Interface-Dominated High-Performance Materials
  • ProDi – Centre for Molecular Protein Diagnostics
  • ZESS – Centre for Engineering of Smart Product Service Systems
  • THINK – Center for Theoretical and Integrative Neuro- and Cognitive Science

Research buildings

Funded excellence

By helping its researchers find funding, Ruhr University has contributed to an increase of the number of ERC projects (European Research Council) to eleven ERC Grants in total.

Numerous successful joint research projects – including twelve Collaborative Research Centres, eight research groups and five DFG Research Training Groups – raise the research profile.

Supporting early career researchers

Ruhr University is deeply committed to supporting early career researchers. The aim is to give them a platform where they can develop their skills and carry out independent research early in their career. The university offers the best possible assistance in this regard. With a Research School open to all PhD students, with numerous Research Training Groups, with currently 15 junior research groups, with the tenure-track programme, the open-field programme and Career Track, the university provides attractive career perspectives for talents at all career stages.

Talent promotion

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