Physics, as the foundation of the natural sciences, is the only discipline that seeks to understand nature in its entirety. This can be summarised under the motto "From matter to materials":
- from the smallest to the largest
- From the origin of time to eternity
- where we come from and where we are going
- From the basics to everything useful for society
The study of the physics of matter, be it elementary particles, nuclei, correlated electrons, plasmas, interstellar media, dark matter or galaxies, leads to knowledge and understanding that becomes visible in materials of our daily life. These materials are the basis of applications and the starting point of engineering sciences. Physical effects are used and realised in the materials. With the materials, physics is carried into society. The linking of the physical understanding of matter with materials research is a unique strength of Bochum's physics and astronomy and thus of the interdisciplinary research on the campus of the Ruhr-Universität Bochum. On the basis of this breadth, the Bochum physics faculty offers the best conditions for working on very different and exciting topics in changing compositions and alliances.
In addition to the numerous individual funding projects, there are a number of collaborations in which the Bochum physics faculty is the spokesperson or in which it participates. These consortia are funded by various third-party donors, be it the BMBF, the DFG or the EU.