Collaborative Research Centres

The faculty is involved in various collaborative research centres, two of which have a spokesperson role in Bochum.

Collaborative Research Centers are long-term research institutions in which researchers work on a joint, interdisciplinary research program for a period of up to twelve years. The aim of these institutions is to work on innovative and long-term research projects by coordinating and concentrating people and resources within the universities. In this way, institutional focal points and structures are to be formed. Cooperation with non-university research institutions is encouraged. Collaborative Research Centers consist of a large number of subprojects, the number and size of which depend on the research program of the consortium. The subprojects are led either by individual scientists or by groups of scientists.

SFB 1491 - Cosmic Interacting Matter

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Image: SFB 1491

Despite all the progress made in the field of astrophysics, the interaction of cosmic radiation and matter is still far from being adequately researched. The Collaborative Research Centre "The Interplay of Cosmic Matter - from Source to Signal" therefore aims to systematically investigate the interaction of matter and energy with a special focus on the energy transfer between magnetic fields, cosmic rays, thermal plasmas and dark matter. In doing so, it wants to contribute to deciphering the fundamental properties of matter in the universe.

Spokesperson of the SFB

Prof. Dr Julia Tjus, RUB

(Co-speaker Prof. Dr. Dr. Wolfgang Rhode)

Participating researchers at the RUB

Prof. Dr. Bomans, Dominik

Prof. Dr. Dettmar, Ralf-Jürgen

Dr Eichmann, Björn

PD Dr. Fichtner, Horst

Prof. Dr. Franckowiak, Anna

Prof. Dr. Grauer, Rainer

Prof. Dr Hildebrandt, Hendrik

Prof. Dr. Hüttemeister, Susanne

Prof. Dr Innocenti, Maria Elena

Dr Wright, Angus Hooper


Participating locations:

Ruhr University Bochum
TU Dortmund
Bergische Universität Wuppertal

SFB 1316 - Transient Atmospheric Plasmas - From Plasmas to Liquids to Solids

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Image: Damian Gorczany

Within the framework of SFB 1316, the Faculty of Physics and Astronomy is involved with several PIs and, with Prof. Dr. Achim von Keudell, also takes on the role of spokesperson for the Collaborative Research Centre. In these projects, the electric fields in short-pulse plasmas and the non-equilibrium excitation of molecules are investigated. Furthermore, plasma arrays and the functionalisation of catalyst surfaces with combined and plasma and laser radiation as well as by plasmas at the solid-liquid interface are being investigated.

Spokesperson of the SFB

Prof. Achim von Keudell, RUB

(Deputy spokesperson Prof. Dr. Martin Muhler, RUB)

Participating researchers at the RUB (Faculty of Physics and Astronomy)

Dr Böke, Marc

Prof. Dr. Czarnetzki, Uwe

Prof. Dr. Golda, Judith

Dr Grosse, Katharina

Dr Lepikhin, Nikita

Dr Luggenhölscher, Dirk

Dr Schulz-von der Gathen, Volker


Participating locations:

Ruhr University Bochum
University of Ulm
Fritz Haber Institute of the Max Planck Society (FHI) Berlin
Research Centre Jülich

SFB/TRR 287 - Bulk Reaction

In the SFB/TRR 287, which has been established since 07/2020, the Wiedner and Fritsch working groups are involved in the non-invasive investigation of particle movements in complex bulk flows of particles. Such movements determine, for example, the efficiency of solid-state furnaces or drying or roasting systems.

For this purpose, the working groups are building a large-volume scanner based on positron emitter tomography, which can not only track individual particles, but also determine the spread and distribution of hot gases within the debris. The work is being carried out in close collaboration with the Chair of Energy Systems and Energy Process Technology (Prof. Viktor Scherer) at the RUB and the University of Magdeburg.

SFB TR 110 - Symmetries and the Emergence of Structure in QCD


  • Bochum
  • Bonn
  • Munich
  • Beijing

You can find more information on the SFB website.

SFB TR 160 - Coherent manipulation of interacting spin excitations in tailored semiconductors


  • Dortmund
  • Bochum
  • St. Petersburg

You can find more information on the SFB website.

SFB Transregio 87 - Pulsed high-performance plasmas for the synthesis of nanostructured functional layers

Within the framework of SFB TR 87, the physics faculty is involved with the four PIs Prof. von Keudell, Dr. Schulz-von der Gathen, Dr. Böke and Dr. Prenzel. In these projects, the dynamics of pulsed magnetised plasmas, elementary processes at the plasma-solid interface and the synthesis of barriers and membranes by means of PECVD processes are investigated. Furthermore, physics is in charge of the public relations project of the SFB TR.


  • Aachen
  • Bochum
  • Paderborn
  • Cottbus
  • Kiel

You can find more information on the SFB website.

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