Interfacial Systems Chemistry (IFSC):
This interdisciplinary research area reaches from small highly reactive molecules to complex biological interacting systems. Crossing the borders of traditional disciplines researchers are working together theoretically as well as experimentally. Molecular systems at surfaces and interfaces with increasing complexity are being studied using precise analytical and theoretical methods. In this research area, two new DFG-initiatives ("DFG-Forschergruppen"), FOR 630 and FOR 618 have been established, focussing on the molecular description of aggregation phenomena and intermolecular interactions on the one hand and on the biological function of organometallic compounds, on the other.
The initiative "INTCHEM", the only EU founded "Marie Curie - Early Stage Training Site" in the field of chemistry within the recent call, stands for "Non-Covalent Interactions in Chemistry and Biochemistry". With the special research area ("Sonderforschungsbereich") SFB 558 (Heterogeneous Catalysis), the participation in SFB 459 (Shape Memory Technology), the Interdisciplinary Centre for Advanced Materials Simulations (ICAMS) and the international Max-Planck Research School SURMAT, we connect to the forefront of materials science research.
Cross linked with Biology, Medicine and the Max-Planck Institute for Molecular Physiology in Dortmund, embedded in SFB 642 (GTP- and ATP Dependent Membrane Processes) and the International Graduate School of Neuroscience (IGSN) we examine structures and processes of biomolecular chemistry.
Internationalism in research and teaching is an additional plus factor for scientists and students in Bochum. We were the first chemical faculty in Germany that has completely switched to the staged, internationally comparable Bachelor-/Master-system. Today we offer seven different courses of studies and degrees:
- three bachelor degrees
- three master degrees
- one structured PhD course
14 % of our students already come from different countries, our long term goal is a fraction of around 20 % non German students.
Promoting Young Researchers
We offer ideal conditions for interdisciplinary and international research to young scientists - PhD-students, junior professors, "habilitationists" and junior teams.
Within our Graduate School of Chemistry and Biochemistry 200 young scientists from all over the world are now doing research. Furthermore, we participate in RUB's International Graduate School of Neuroscience (IGSN) - the "open faculty" for PhD-students in neuro science and brain research - as well as in Bochum's central Research School for young scientists of all faculties and the international Max-Planck Research School for Surface and Interface Engineering in Advanced Materials (SURMAT) in Düsseldorf.
Plus-factors of these graduate schools are
- the structured PhD-courses
- an optimal mentoring
- an international environment
- the offered lectures and colloquia held in English throughout the course of studies
- the introduction to interdisciplinary key qualifications ("soft skills")
Within a network of a plethora of cooperations on the campus and beyond, we are active in all aspects of "lifelong learning", for example:
- Alfried Krupp-Schülerlabor: With eleven projects in Chemistry and three interdisciplinary projects, our faculty is one of the pillars of the practical lab for children aged 11-18.