Martina Havenith has been a Professor of Physical Chemistry at Ruhr University Bochum since 1998. She founded 2012 the Cluster of Excellence "Ruhr Explores Solvation" (RESOLV), which overarches 50 groups at 5 institutions in the Ruhr-Area. She is the director of the Center of Molecular Spectroscopy and Simulation of Solvent Controlled Processes (ZEMOS). Since 2022, she has been the director of the newly founded Research Center Chemical Sciences and Sustainability of the University Alliance Ruhr, financed by the state of North Rhine-Westphalia.
Her group has developed and pioneered new infrared (IR) and terahertz (THz) laser technologies to explore fundamental questions in chemistry. Her research area is solvation science, which aims to provide a unifying framework for understanding and predicting solvent processes. She explores linear and nonlinear THz spectroscopic methods to understand and control solvent reactions. Furthermore, she has a focus on microsolvation and ultracold chemistry. She was selected as a Scout of the Henriette Herz Scouting Program in 2021.
Solvation science will provide the unifying framework for understanding and predicting solvent processes and this knowledge will be then transferred directly into applications. We want to extend our international collaborative network with outstanding young researchers and look forward to receiving applications with a background in laser spectroscopy..