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Joint projects of the Uni­ver­sity Alliance Ruhr

MERCUR funds four new Cooperative Research Projects with around 2.8 million euros

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A detail shot of a laser in the lab in dark green colors. © Roland Baege​/​TU Dortmund

The Mercator Research Center Ruhr (MERCUR) is funding four new cooperative re­search projects within the Uni­ver­sity Alliance (UA) Ruhr, in which sci­en­tists from TU Dort­mund Uni­ver­sity are involved, with around 2.8 million euros. The projects were approved in December. The participating researchers are using the MERCUR funding to establish long-term re­search networks within the UA Ruhr. More than half of the funding is provided by Stiftung Mercator, the other part is financed proportionally by the universities. In the cooperation funding line, three projects involving TU sci­en­tists were approved for two years. 

In the proj­ect "Composite collective excitations in correlated quantum materials", sci­en­tists from the physics departments of TU Dort­mund and Ruhr-Uni­ver­si­tät Bo­chum are addressing a current problem in solid-state physics: all im­por­tant phase states of matter result from the interplay of many particles and their interactions. Different phases often compete with each other, resulting in special correlation ef­fects and thus in the formation of matter properties that go beyond the sum of the properties of the individual parts. The goal is to understand, control and use this "symbiosis". The physicists Prof. Götz S. Uhrig and Prof. Zhe Wang from TU Dort­mund Uni­ver­sity are involved in the proj­ect, the funding amounts to around 490,000 euros.

Contact persons

The contact persons at the Ruhr-Uni­ver­si­tät Bo­chum are Prof. Dr. Anna Böhmer and Prof. Dr. Ilya Eremin.


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