International Symposium on
"Confinement-Controlled Chemistry"
Ruhr-University Bochum, ZEMOS
16.09.2019 - 18.09.2019

Picture shows how molecules are confined in different dimensions

We are delighted to announce the first international symposium on "Confinement-Controlled Chemistry", which is organized by the DFG funded Research Training group GRK 2376. This 3-day symposium will be held from 16th to 18th September 2019 at Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany and includes scientific talks by 19 distinguished national and international guest speakers, four contributed talks, two poster sessions and a social event. In order to contribute to the understanding on how the nature of a confining environment (cavity, channel or interfaces) like geometry (2D vs. 1D vs. 0D), surface texture and surface chemistry affects kinetics and thermodynamics of chemical reactions, this symposium aims at bringing together scientists and early-stage researchers covering the following topics:
Experimental and theoretical work on molecular properties and chemical reactions affected by
- full confinement ((metal)organic cages and capsules, self-assembled, supramolecular cages, micelles etc.)
- partial confinement (solid surfaces, porous materials, nanotubes etc.)

Within this symposium new collaborations may be established, scientific results across the interdisciplinary field of research will be presented and scientific exchange and flow of ideas during individual discussions between (inter)national experts and/or early-stage researchers are anticipated. Hence, especially PhD students and postdocs are encouraged to apply with a poster or oral contribution.

We are very much looking forward to meeting you at our scientific event!

Invited Speakers:

A. Andrieu-Brunsen
Technische Universität Darmstadt
J. M. Anna
University of Pennsylvania
M.-L. Bocquet
Sorbonne Université
I. Burghardt
Goethe-Universität Frankfurt
J. Crassous
Université de Rennes
C. Crépin-Gilbert
Institut des Sciences Moléculaires d’Orsay
A. Douhal
Universidad de Castilla La Mancha
M. García-Garibay
University of California, Los Angeles
L. Grill
University of Graz
F. Kanoufi
Université Paris Diderot
N. Levinger
Colorado State University
Y.-T. Long
East China University of Science and Technology
R. R. Nair
University of Manchester
W. Nau
Jacobs Universität Bremen
R. Netz
Freie Universität Berlin
J. Nitschke
University of Cambridge
J. Polte
Humboldt-Universität Berlin
J. N. H. Reek
University of Amsterdam
M. Stöhr
University of Groningen

Final Program:
The final program of the 3-day symposium can be downloaded here:

Call for Abstracts

Key dates:
Abstract submission including registration opens June 24, 2019
Abstract submission is closed
Poster abstract submission deadline extended to August 9, 2019

Abstract submission closes July 26, 2019
Notification of abstract acceptance shortly after closure

Registration fee: 80 €*
*includes admission, conference material, coffee breaks, lunch, snacks, refreshments and social event (tasty burgers from a food truck). Participants are expected to arrange and cover their own accomodation and travel expenses.

Abstract submission and registration:
For abstract submission and registration please send an email containing your name, institution, invoice adress and the abstract (please use the abstract template shown below) to (subject: Registration Symposium). Please mention if you prefer to give a talk (15 min plus 5 min discussion) or present a poster (Poster should be DIN A0 portrait). After abstract acceptance you will receive the invoice to pay the registration fee.

Abstract Template

Please note: The participation in our 3-day symposium requires an active contribution by poster or oral presentation. Accepted abstracts will be published in the abstract book.


Bild Zemos-Gebäude, RUB

Ruhr-University Bochum
ZEMOS (Center for Solvation Science)
Universitätsstr. 150
44801 Bochum

The 3-day symposium will take place in the ground floor of ZEMOS (Center for Solvation Science) at the Ruhr-University Bochum, one of the largest universities in Germany.


Geographical map (Lennershof - Zemos)

Arrival by train:
Due to its good connection to the public transportation system including ICE and RE, Bochum is easily accessible from various German cities and the international airport in Düsseldorf. From the Düsseldorf airport take a direct train to the Bochum main station (Hauptbahnhof), from which the travel takes roughly 40 minutes. From this railway station take the subway U35 (direction Hustadt) to the station "Lennershof" (travel time of 10 minutes). The route from "Lennershof" to the conference venue "ZEMOS" is displayed on the map. Upon arrival at "Lennershof" go upstairs and turn left down the street. Follow the street and turn right at the end of the road into "Lennershofstraße". After turning left into the "Oststraße" you will see the venue (ZEMOS) on the right-hand side of the next crossroad.
Further information on the arrival by train or car can be found here.

Accomodation: On request, we will send you a list of recommended hotels. The majority of these hotels are located close to Bochum main station, roughly 6 km from the symposium venue.

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Announcement of int. Symposium 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.


Organizing Committee
Niclas Blanc
Sarah Funke
Julien Rowen
Kevin Wonner

Phone: +49-234-32-24217
E-mail: Symposium