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Equipment of the working group

The chair has access to the common facilities of the CCB department, which ensures the basic supply of chemicals and gases and provides various analytical methods (NMR spectroscopy, elementary analysis, mass spectrometry, chromatography). We also use the LIDO3 cluster of the ITMC for quantum chemical studies with the programs ORCA, Gaussian and Turbomole. For the special experimental research typical work of our group the following infrastructure is available in our own laboratories.


Zwei Abzugsplätze, ausgestattet mit modernen Schlenklinien © Ralf Maserski​/​TU Dortmund

For working under inert gas (argon/nitrogen) for preparation and for reaction studies of O2- or H2O-sensitive substances, our fume cupboards are equipped with modern Schlenck lines. Furthermore, several glove boxes are available (see below).

Zwei Glove-Boxen vom Typ MEGA E-Line © Ralf Maserski​/​TU Dortmund

Glovebox system technology of the type MEGA E-Line

Inert gas complete systems with a total of 5 workstations, equipped with refrigerators / freezers

Zwei Glove-Boxen vom Typ MEGA E-Line © Ralf Maserski​/​TU Dortmund
Trocknungsanlage PureSolv MD 7 von Inert Systems © Ralf Maserski​/​TU Dortmund

PureSolv MD 7 from Inert Systems

Drying system for the following solvents for synthesis and photophysical analysis of H2O-sensitive substances: Tetrahydrofuran, diethyl ether, toluene, dichloromethane, acetonitrile, n-pentane, cyclohexane

Other typical laboratory work techniques, such as spherical tube distillation, sublimation apparatus, high vacuum distillation and UV reactor are also available.


3-Kern-NMR-Spektrometer Magritek SPINSOLVE PHOSPHORUS © Ralf Maserski​/​TU Dortmund

Magritek SPINSOLVE PHOSPHORUS 60 MHz ULTRA (1H, 19F and 31P) Benchtop NMR

The 3-nucleus NMR spectrometer is used for reaction control as well as kinetic investigation of catalytic conversions by means of a continuous flow cell and is also used for AC laboratory practicals.

(Rigaku)-Oxford Diffraction: Xcalibur with Sapphire CCD detector

For single crystal diffractometry for 3-dimensional structure elucidation and investigation of inter- and intramolecular interactions, there is access to the aforementioned diffractometer of the AC's teaching department.

Mikroskop Nikon SMZ-745T © Ralf Maserski​/​TU Dortmund

Nikon SMZ-745T mikroscope

Determination of melting point

Cyclovoltammetry and spectroelectrochemistry

Potentiostat Gamry 1010E © Ralf Maserski​/​TU Dortmund

Gamry 1010E Potentiostat / Galvanostat/ZRA

The potentiostate is used for precise impedance measurements and is operated with a (5 mL) voltammetric cell with a receptacle for three electrodes: GC (Glossy Carbon) electrode, platinum electrode and an Ag/Ag+ non-aqueous reference electrode. The tests can be performed for O2- and H2O-sensitive substances in an analytical glovebox.

In combination with our Agilent Cary 5000 (see below), spectroelectrochemical reflection experiments can be performed with the Gamry 1010E in a SEC-C spectroelectrochemical cell (platinum mesh as optically transparent working electrode and an Ag/Ag+ non-aqueous reference electrode).

Glove-Box MEGA E-Line © Ralf Maserski​/​TU Dortmund

UV/Vis absorption spectroscopy

Spectrophotometer Perkin-Elmer LAMBDA 265 © Ralf Maserski​/​TU Dortmund

Perkin-Elmer LAMBDA 265 UV/Vis spectrophotometer

For ultrafast measurement of absorption spectra for reaction control and extinction coefficient determination.

Agilent Cary 5000 Doppel-Strahl UV-vis-NIR-Spektrometer © Ralf Maserski​/​TU Dortmund

Agilent Cary 5000 double beam UV-vis-NIR spectrometer (175-3300 nm)

In addition to a sample chamber for solution samples, this high-performance absorption spectrometer is also equipped with a screwable inert sample chamber for solids (Praying Mantis) and thus allows investigations depending on the state of aggregation including polymer films even on sensitive compounds. The extremely high resolution of the spectrometer also allows the detection of formal spin-forbidden transitions and is helpful in spectroelectrochemistry in combination with the Gamry 1010E potentiostat (see above).

Photoluminescence spectroscopy

Edinburgh-Instruments FLS 1000 © Ralf Maserski​/​TU Dortmund

Edinburgh Instruments FLS 1000

  • Double monochromators in the excitation and emission path
  • Light sources: 450 W xenon lamp (steady state), µF2 xenon flashlight, various VPLEDs and EPLEDs (lifetime measurements)
  • Red-sensitive detector (PMT-980, 200-870 nm) and N2.l-cooled NIR detector (PMT-1400, 300-1400 nm)
  • Polarizers in the excitation and emission path (for anisotropy measurements)
  • Integrating sphere (determination of QY at room temperature)
  • Cryosphere (determination of the QY in the range 77-500 K)
  • 77 K Cryostat (Oxford Instruments OptistatDN)
  • 4 K Cryostat (Advanced Research Systems)
  • CPL module (Circular polarized luminescence)

Location & approach

The campus of TU Dort­mund University is located close to interstate junction Dort­mund West, where the Sauerlandlinie A 45 (Frankfurt-Dort­mund) crosses the Ruhrschnellweg B 1 / A 40. The best interstate exit to take from A 45 is "Dort­mund-Eichlinghofen" (closer to Campus Süd), and from B 1 / A 40 "Dort­mund-Dorstfeld" (closer to Campus Nord). Signs for the uni­ver­si­ty are located at both exits. Also, there is a new exit before you pass over the B 1-bridge leading into Dort­mund.

To get from Campus Nord to Campus Süd by car, there is the connection via Vogelpothsweg/Baroper Straße. We recommend you leave your car on one of the parking lots at Campus Nord and use the H-Bahn (suspended monorail system), which conveniently connects the two campuses.

TU Dort­mund University has its own train station ("Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät"). From there, suburban trains (S-Bahn) leave for Dort­mund main station ("Dort­mund Hauptbahnhof") and Düsseldorf main station via the "Düsseldorf Airport Train Station" (take S-Bahn number 1, which leaves every 20 or 30 minutes). The uni­ver­si­ty is easily reached from Bochum, Essen, Mülheim an der Ruhr and Duisburg.

You can also take the bus or subway train from Dort­mund city to the uni­ver­si­ty: From Dort­mund main station, you can take any train bound for the Station "Stadtgarten", usually lines U41, U45, U 47 and U49. At "Stadtgarten" you switch trains and get on line U42 towards "Hombruch". Look out for the Station "An der Palmweide". From the bus stop just across the road, busses bound for TU Dort­mund University leave every ten minutes (445, 447 and 462). Another option is to take the subway routes U41, U45, U47 and U49 from Dort­mund main station to the stop "Dort­mund Kampstraße". From there, take U43 or U44 to the stop "Dort­mund Wittener Straße". Switch to bus line 447 and get off at "Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät S".

The H-Bahn is one of the hallmarks of TU Dort­mund University. There are two stations on Campus Nord. One ("Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät S") is directly located at the suburban train stop, which connects the uni­ver­si­ty directly with the city of Dort­mund and the rest of the Ruhr Area. Also from this station, there are connections to the "Technologiepark" and (via Campus Süd) Eichlinghofen. The other station is located at the dining hall at Campus Nord and offers a direct connection to Campus Süd every five minutes.

The AirportExpress is a fast and convenient means of transport from Dortmund Airport (DTM) to Dortmund Central Station, taking you there in little more than 20 minutes. From Dortmund Central Station, you can continue to the university campus by interurban railway (S-Bahn). A larger range of international flight connections is offered at Düsseldorf Airport (DUS), which is about 60 kilometres away and can be directly reached by S-Bahn from the university station.

The facilities of TU Dortmund University are spread over two campuses, the larger Campus North and the smaller Campus South. Additionally, some areas of the university are located in the adjacent "Technologiepark".

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