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Welcome to the Graduiertenkolleg 2376
Confinement-Controlled Chemistry

2nd Group Of Phd Students

2nd Group of PhD Students and further RTG Members (October 2021)

1st Group Of Phd Students

1st Group of PhD Students and further RTG Members (September 2018)

The Research Training group GRK 2376 determines how the nature of a confining environment like geometry, surface texture and surface chemistry affects the transition states and pathways of chemical reactions. This scientific approach is addressed by researchers from Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Technische Universität Dortmund, Universität Duisburg-Essen and collaborating partners from University of California, Berkeley. Their complementary scientific expertise enables to combine theoretical models and state-of-the-art experiments in synthesis, spectroscopy and surface science. Thus, the collaborative research will contribute to the fundamental understanding of confinement-controlled reactions.


March 11th, 2022

Review paper accepted

Überblick über die drei verschiedenen Arten von chemischem  Einschlüss

We are more than happy to congratulate our RTG members Maximilian Jaugstetter and Niclas Blanc to be first authors of their freshly-published review paper “Electrochemistry under confinement”! In this 50-pages long review, the reader is provided with a comprehensive and unique overview about all sorts of confinement effects that are studied and made use of in electrochemistry. We honor the authors including PI Tschulik for this important scientific contribution. The paper was published in Chemical Society Reviews and can be found here.

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March 8th, 2022

First graduate of the GRK

Dekorierter Doktorhut von Luisa Weirich

Congratulations to Luisa Weirich who is the first member of the research training group to successfully complete her PhD after defending her thesis on March 7th! Within her work in the group of Prof. Merten, Luisa focused on guest binding mechanisms in chiral organic macrocycles. The title of her doctoral thesis is „Vibrational Circular Dichroism (VCD) Studies on Hydrogen-bonded Clusters in the Context of Solvation and Supramolecular Aggregation“.

November 17th, 2021

First Annual Meeting

Promovierende erproben in einem Experiment während eines Workshops von Prof. Axel Rosenhahn die Lichtbeugung am Kristallgitter

Our first annual meeting of the second cohort of PhD students was a full success! Thanks to strict regulations and a careful organization, we could finally meet in person again! From the 3rd to the 7th October, we spent a whole week filled with scientific programme – with lots of interesting talks, workshops and even some hands-on experience. In the evenings, some social events were offered like climbing and bowling, where the new PhD students could get to know each other and build up a network. After this wonderful week, we would like to thank all speakers and participants for their dedication and cautiousness in the pandemic situation, as well as the staff of the Landhotel Klaukenhof for the great service!

August 19th, 2021

New Principal Investigator - Dr. Christopher Stein

Foto von Christopher Stein

We are happy to announce, that Christopher Stein, junior research group leader in theoretical physics at the University of Duisburg-Essen was admitted to the Research Training group! His research focuses on theoretical modeling of molecular processes at interfaces. He enlarges the RTG´s theory spectrum to excited-state calculations. With his admittance the RTG expands to the third institution within the Universitätsallianz Ruhr.

We wish you a pleasant start and much success!

May 14th, 2021

New Mercator Fellow - Prof. Marie-Pierre Gaigeot

Foto von Marie Pierre Gaigeot

Great thanks to our two Mercator fellows Prof. Kenneth Raymond, UC Berkeley, and Prof. Talat Rahman, UC Florida, the students of our graduate school got a deep understanding in supramolecular coordination chemistry and surface science.

From May, 17th 2021 on, they will be introduced to a third main topic of the RTG, namely molecular dynamics simulations. Basics and applications of theoretical computational chemistry will be addressed by the expert Prof. Marie-Pierre Gaigeot from Université d´Evry Val d´Essonne.
We are happy, that she agreed to become our third Mercator fellow and are looking very much forward to the online lecture series!

March 5th, 2021

Online Mercator Lecture Series with Prof. Talat S. Rahman

Vortragsfolie Prof. Rahman

Since the Mercator stay at RUB in 2020 could not be realized as initially planned, we decided to arrange Mercator lectures remotely! Our second fellow of the graduate school, the renowned physicist Prof. Talat S. Rahman from the University of Central Florida, Orlando, gives several inspiring lectures on surface science in March/April 2021. She clearly demonstrates that an enthusiastic teaching about her broad area of expertise is indeed possible online! Anyway, we hope to welcome Prof. Rahman for further scientific exchange and fruitful discussions on-site in the near future!

December 23rd, 2020

12 PhD Positions Available from July 1st, 2021

The graduate school "Confinement-controlled Chemistry" is looking for 12 PhD students with an interest in exploring the influence of geometrical confinement on reactions! If you are interested to take part in a three year program, that combines cutting-edge research with a varied qualification program (workshops, colloquia, research stay abroad etc.), please submit your application by February 28, 2021.

Further information can be found here:
PhD Positions

November, 2020

New Members

We are grateful, that Thais Schroeder Rossi from the Tschulik group and Yong-He Pan from the Morgenstern group joined our team as qualification fellows. Welcome and thanks for joining us in this uncertain time!
We wish you a pleasant start and much success!

October 26th, 2020

Impressions - 730. Hybrid WE-Heraeus-Seminar

Gruppenfoto der Teilnehmer des 730. WE-Heraeus-Seminars

Since most scientific conferences have been shifted or cancelled as a result of the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic, we were lucky, that after a long-lasting break of scientific exchange and networking, we have been able to conduct the 730. WE-Heraeus-Seminar “From Interfaces to Cages – Confining Effects on Molecular Processes” in the Physikzentrum, Bad Honnef on September, 27th – 30th, 2020.

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September 24th, 2020

730. Hybrid WE-Heraeus-Seminar: Final Program

Logo der WE-Heraeus-Stiftung - Schriftzug und Porträt der Stifter

In this special year of the corona pandemic, the upcoming 730. WE-Heraeus-Seminar will take place as a combination of on-site and digital seminar. Thus, even speakers and participants from far away can contribute to the exchange of scientific expertise on confinement effects on molecular processes. External participants are very welcome to listen to the talks via Zoom. Please contact the scientific organizers (E-mail) for more information.
The final program and abstract book can be downloaded here:


August 12th, 2020

New Publication


Congratulations to Tim Schleif, Julien Rowen and co-authors for their very important paper in Chemistry A - European Journal, which has been visualized on the front cover of the journal´s issue!

In their publication the influence of cryosolvation and confinement on the heavy-atom tunneling process in the Cope rearrangement of selectively deuterated dicyanosemi-bullvalene derivatives has been studied. The experimentally determined reaction rates nicely agree with TST + SCT calculations and provide insights into the compensation of barrier heights and widths as determining factors of tunneling processes (see figure).

Heavy-Atom Tunneling in Semibullvalenes: How Driving Force, Substituents, and Environment Influence the Tunneling Rates

T. Schleif, J. Tatchen, J. F. Rowen, F. Beyer, E. Sanchez-Garcia, W. Sander
Chem. Eur. J. 2020.

Full Article

July 20th, 2020

730. Hybrid WE-Heraeus-Seminar: Application Deadline Extended

Logo der WE-Heraeus-Stiftung - Schriftzug und Porträt der Stifter

The deadline for poster abstract submission has just been extended until August 30, 2020!

Please note, that depending on how the corona pandemic develops up to the time of this seminar, it may be possible to hold a hybrid seminar with one part of the participants on site and another part following the seminar via online participation.


June 30th, 2020

730. Hybrid WE-Heraeus-Seminar: Application Deadline is July 19, 2020

Logo der WE-Heraeus-Stiftung - Schriftzug und Porträt der Stifter

It is still possible to apply for the 730. WE-Heraeus-Seminar "From Interfaces to Cages - Confining Effects on Molecular Processes", September 27-30, 2020 in the Physikzentrum Bad Honnef. Abstract submission closes on July 19, 2020.

Please note, that depending on how the corona pandemic develops up to the time of this seminar, it may be possible to hold a hybrid seminar with one part of the participants on site and another part following the seminar via online participation.


March 19th, 2020

730. WE-Heraeus-Seminar

Logo der WE-Heraeus-Stiftung - Schriftzug und Porträt der Stifter

The graduate school "Confinement-controlled Chemistry" organizes the 730. WE-Heraeus-Seminar "From Interfaces to Cages - Confining Effects on Molecular Processes", funded by the Wilhelm and Else Heraeus foundation. The seminar will be held from September 27-30, 2020 in the Physikzentrum Bad Honnef and aims to present and discuss the progress of confinement-induced effects on molecular properties and chemical reactions across different scientific fields. Scientific talks will be presented by 17 renowned invited speakers in the fields of physics, chemistry and biochemistry, starting with an opening lecture by noble price winner John C. Polanyi, University of Toronto!

We highly encourage early-stage researchers to apply with a poster contribution.
Abstract submission will be opened in the near future.

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March 12th, 2020

New Mercator Fellow

Portät von Talat Rahman

We are glad to announce that the renowned theoretical physicist Prof. Dr. Talat Shahnaz Rahman from the University of Central Florida, Orlando becomes the second Mercator Fellow of the graduate school "Confinement-Controlled Chemistry". During her 6-week stay in November and December 2020, she will share her research expertise and methodology with the PhD students by giving several Mercator lectures on surface science and theory. Besides her contribution to this high-quality research training of the PhD students, her long-term stay could provide the opportunity for intense scientific exchange with (early-stage) researchers and future collaborations. Furthermore, fireside discussions are arranged with our female PhD students to promote discussions about women´s career in academia.

We are looking very much forward to welcome Prof. Rahman in Bochum!

January 17th, 2020

New Publication

Kevin Wonner et al. have just published a new article in Frontiers in Chemistry. Congratulations!
In their work, the electrochemical oxidation of silver nanospheres in the presence of nitrate ions was presented. The reaction process was simultaneously tracked operando with coupled opto- and spectro-electrochemical dark-field microscopy. It was shown, that silver nanoparticles dissolved slowly to solvated silver ions during the electrochemical oxidation compared to an instantaneous oxidation in the presence of complexing chloride ions and the formation of silver chloride.

Operando Studies of the Electrochemical Dissolution of Silver Nanoparticles in Nitrate Solutions Observed With Hyperspectral Dark-Field Microscopy

K. Wonner, C. Rurainsky, K. Tschulik
Front. Chem. 2020, 7:912.

Full Article

October 22nd, 2019

Impressions - Lab Experience 2019

PhD students are standing in front of their experiment apparatus in the lab

The second retreat of our graduate school was a week full of new impressions and experiences. Apart from the inspiring talks and discussions at the symposium on "Confinement-Controlled Chemistry", the PhD students got the opportunity to visit the laboratories and work stations of their colleagues. On 19 and 20 September 2019 they gained an insight into the everyday laboratory practice and the applied methods of the collaborating groups. This mutual scientific exchange gave exterior impulses for the on-going work!

Impressions can be obtained here.

October 9th, 2019

Impressions - Symposium on "Confinement-Controlled Chemistry" 2019

Teilnehmer des internationalen Symposiums

19 invited talks, 6 contributed talks, 2 poster sessions with 25 poster presentations each and 3 days full of fruitful scientific discussions - this positive balance can be drawn from our first international symposium on "Confinement-Controlled Chemistry", which was held from 16th to 18th September 2019 in Bochum (ZEMOS). A comprehensive conference program with inspiring science in the fields of organic, inorganic, physical and theoretical chemistry was offered to the participants, which contributed to understand confinement-induced effects on chemical reactions across disciplines.
As a result of the positive feedback from the experts and early-stage researchers, more events on this emerging topic will follow in the near future! We thank all invited speakers, chairpersons, participants and the symposium support for the contribution to the success of this event. In particular, we thank the organizing committee of the graduate school (Niclas Blanc, Sarah Funke, Julien Rowen, Kevin Wonner) for several months of organization. The efforts definitely have been worth it!

Impressions of our three-day symposium can be obtained here.

October 1st, 2019

New PhD Spokespersons

One year after election as PhD spokespersons of our Research Training group Maximilian Jaugstetter and Julien Rowen will hand over their tasks of great responsibility to the newly appointed PhD speakers. We gratefully acknowledge their engagement as link between PhD students and PIs and thank them a lot for their valuable input and the fruitful discussions in the meetings of the steering committee!

Thorsten Ockelmann and Patricia Palitza have been elected to take over the role of the new PhD speakers for a duration of one year. We wish them good luck!

October 1st, 2019

New PhD Students

We extend a very warm welcome to our new PhD students Selina Juber and Inga Langguth and wish them good luck and a lot of success in the upcoming three years of intense scientific work!

September 19th, 2019

Successful Symposium!

Gruppenbild CCC-Symposium

Our first international symposium on "Confinement-Controlled Chemistry", which just ended, was a full success! Thanks to all invited speakers, chairpersons and participants for the high-quality contributions to the scientific program! Special thanks are directed to the organizing committee for the perfect planning of this event!
More details and impressions will follow soon.

August 23rd, 2019

Abstract Submission Closed

Posterankündigung eines int. Symposiums 2019

Abstract submission is closed.

We are looking forward to meeting all confirmed participants at our international symposium on "Confinement-Controlled Chemistry", 16.09.19 - 18.09.19, RUB. The registration desk will be opened on Monday, 16.09.2019 from 8.15 a.m. in ZEMOS, Ruhr-University of Bochum.

Conference Venue & Arrival

July 2019

Symposium on Confinement-Controlled Chemistry 2019

Posterankündigung eines int. Symposiums 2019

The first international symposium on "Confinement-Controlled Chemistry", which is organized by the DFG funded Research Training group GRK 2376, will be held from 16th to 18th September 2019 at Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany (ZEMOS) and includes scientific talks by 20 distinguished national and international guest speakers, contributed talks and two poster sessions.

Abstract submission including registration is now open!

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May 2019

Mercator Fellow 2019: Prof. Kenneth N. Raymond

Gruppenfoto_Hörer der Mercator Vorlesungen von Prof. Raymond

We would like to express our great appreciation to our first Mercator fellow Prof. Kenneth N. Raymond who visited the GRK 2376 at both RTG research facilities in Bochum and Dortmund in May 2019.
Prof. Kenneth Raymond from UC Berkeley is a worldwide known renowned chemist in the field of bioinorganic and lanthanide chemistry. Within his pioneering research field of supramolecular coordination chemistry, he developed strategies to synthesize high-symmetry coordination clusters. In his three inspiring Mercator lectures, he conveyed basic and expert know-how on supramolecular clusters to the students of our graduate school. Furthermore, he delighted PhD students and researchers with his two exciting GDCh colloquia on Gadolinium MRI Agents: the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly and Lanthanide Coordination Chemistry: from Basics to Business. We thank Prof. Raymond for his relentless dedication during the lectures and colloquia, for the numerous discussions with our PhD students and Professors from RUB and TUD and for his high contribution to the further development of our research association!

Furthermore, we owe special thanks to the Clever lab, especially to Prof. Guido Clever and Kristina Ebbert, for their outstanding effort and commitment during the organisation and realisation of Prof. Raymonds successful stay – all perfectly scheduled.

April 2nd, 2019

New Mercator Fellow

Foto von Kenneth Raymond

We are looking forward to welcome our first renowned Mercator lecturer, Prof. Dr. Kenneth N. Raymond from UC, Berkeley to our graduate school. He will contribute to a high-quality research training of our PhD students by giving lecture series and colloquium lectures in supramolecular coordination chemistry. Furthermore, the PhD students and PIs will benefit from his broad expertise by intense scientific exchange during his research stay at RUB and TUD in May 2019 and beyond.

March 4th, 2019

New PhD Students

Two new PhD students joined our Research Training group. We welcome Julien Rowen and Kevin Scholten and wish them a successful work!

Februrary 18th, 2019

Equal Opportunities

We are glad to become part of the equality policy "Equal opportunities in DFG funded programs", which was developed by DFG funded collaborative research centres and the administrative department for organisational and professional development at the RUB.
This policy will promote the career development of our young female researchers, as well as equal opportunities for men and women.

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Februrary 7th, 2019

Recent Publications

Half a year after funding start of our graduate school, first results have been published in renowned peer-reviewed journals.

Mechanistic Interplay between Light Switching and Guest Binding in Photochromic [Pd2Dithienylethene4] Coordination Cages
R. Li, J. J. Holstein, W. G. Hiller, J. Andréasson, G. H. Clever
J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2019, 141, 5, 2097.

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Nanoconfined Water within Graphene Slit Pores Adopts Distinct Confinement-Dependent Regimes
S. Ruiz-Barragan, D. Muñoz-Santiburcio, D. Marx
J. Phys. Chem. Lett. 2019, 10, 329.

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December 10th, 2018

New PhD Students

We welcome Patricia Palitza and André Platzek to our graduate school, who have just started working on their PhD research projects!

October 17th, 2018

New PhD Students

Already ten PhD students have started to work on their research projects in order to address the fundamental problem of “Confinement-controlled Chemistry”.
We welcome the following PhD students in our Research Training group:
Niclas Blanc, Kristina Ebbert, Sarah Funke, Maximilian Jaugstetter, Saskia Körning, Vladimir Lykov, Thorsten Ockelmann, Niklas Sülzner, Luisa Weirich, Kevin Wonner

October 8th, 2018

Qualification Schedule

The Research Training group provides a broad education and numerous qualifying measures for the PhD students. These are summarized in the qualification schedule.

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September 17th, 2018

First Retreat

Teilnehmer sitzen am Tisch und machen ihre Kaffeepause während des ersten jährlichen Retreats

The first annual meeting at the Landhotel Klaukenhof, Lennestadt from September 9-15, 2018 was a full success!

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July 1st, 2018

Start of Funding

The funding period of our Research Training group (GRK 2376) starts today and comprise 4.5 years of intense research on topics concerning “Confinement-controlled Chemistry”. As a result of successful application processes, the first cohort of PhD students will start soon.

December 20th, 2017

New Graduate School

The German Research Foundation (DFG) has established the new Research Training Group Confinement-controlled Chemistry (see DFG press release), a program supporting PhD students with an interest in exploring the influence of geometrical confinement on reactions.
The starter's gun for the Research Training group GRK 2376 will be fired on July 1st, 2018, when the first cohort of PhD students will commence the research and education program.