Our mission

Our mission is to provide methods and instrumentation that cannot be maintained by a single research group. We focus on ion beam techniques for analysis and material modification, safe handling of radioactive isotopes as well as super-resolution microscopy.


Relocation of RUBION offices to N-South

Due to PCB-remediation-measures in the offices of RUBION, we have received other space offices. You can find us here.

The removals will take place on two dates, August 28, 2019 and October 11, 2019. We apologize for any inconvenience and apologize for any inconvenience caused by the RUB / BLB.

Published on Aug. 28, 2019, 8 a.m.

PhD successfully completed


We congratulate our colleague Mr. Philipp Hagemann for his very successful PhD defense.

In his disputation lecture he dealed with the topic: "Investigation of the potential of the combination of Stimulated-Emmisson-Depletion (STED) - and Scanning Ion Conductivity Microscopy (SICM) for correlated microscopy".

Congratulations, doctor :-)

Published on Aug. 6, 2019, 3:18 p.m.

School student project week for the Faculty of Physics

As part of the current project week for school students in grades 8 and 9, RUBION will offer interested parties a guided tour of the accelerator facility at the Ruhr University Bochum in april 2019 . 

We wish you a lot of fun and an eventful time.

Published on April 4, 2019, 5 p.m.


Self Organized Scientific Work in the Study of Physics as part of the physics internship is currently taking place at RUBION in the summer semester 2019.

Published on April 4, 2019, 4:32 p.m.

block internship "Ion Beam Analysis"

The block internship "Ion Beam Analysis" for students in the Master's Program in Physics in cooperation with the University of Paderborn (Prof. Dr. Lindner) was successfully carried out at RUBION, in February 2019.


The final lectures of the students will be held in April 2019 at the University of Paderborn.

Published on Feb. 1, 2019, 4:40 p.m.

RUBION during the Summer Campus 2019

We introduce ourselves on Thursday, 18th July 2019 from 14:30 – 15:30 o'clock.

RUBION and its departments

A wide variety of scientists from different fields meet at the ion accelerators of RUBION to exploit the possibilities of ionizing radiation. The section "Ion Beams" will show the ion accelerators and its applications. The section "radio nuclides“ will introduce some instruments for the detection of ionizing radiation and show some experiments concerning ionizing radiation in every-day's life.

As an alternative to the above offer, the RUBION-workgroup "Nanoscopy", which deals with high-resolution microscopy among other things, invites you to get to know our high-resolution scanning-ion-conductivity-microscope and our STED-microscope during a guided tour.

You can register here: Service

    Published on Jan. 23, 2019, 11:40 a.m.

    RUBION at the open day of the RUB / 2019

    We introduce ourselves on Friday, 22th of March 2019 from 14:00 – 15:00 o'clock.

    RUBION and its departments

    A wide variety of scientists from different fields meet at the ion accelerators of RUBION to exploit the possibilities of ionizing radiation. 

    The section "Ion Beams" will show the ion accelerators and its applications. 

    The section "radio nuclides“ will introduce some instruments for the detection of ionizing radiation and show some experiments concerning ionizing radiation in every-day's life.

    Central Unit RUBION: Directions

    Published on Jan. 22, 2019, 9 a.m.

    The JungChemikerForum and RUBION


    As part of the JungChemikerForum about 20 participants visited the RUBION. The participants feedback on both workshops, "accelerator facility" and "super resolution microscopy" was very positive and the participants were pleased about the very interactive and discussion oriented event. In addition to short presentations and explanations there was the possibility to get to know some of our instruments and methods.

    The RUBION team wishes all participants a good time and thanks for the interest.

    Published on Oct. 16, 2018, 1:08 p.m.

    Archaeometry - lecture day in Bochum on november 23, 2018


    Archaeometry as an interdisciplinary academic subject is active at several research sites in Bochum. The research day will bring together an insight into the wide range of research projects as well as the existing archaeometric-analytical competence and equipment and their possibilities for research projects.

    The lecture series will be organized by the Institute of Geology, Mineralogy and Geophysics of the RUB, the RUBION and the German Mining-Museum Bochum.

    For further details please refer to our program.

    Published on Oct. 15, 2018, 2:17 p.m.

    Funding for the development of a novel, combined microscope

    The Group Nanoscopy (Patrick Happel) has succesfully applied for funding the project "Development of a Combined Stimulated Emission Depletion and Scanning Ion Conductance Microscope for Correlated Multi-Parameter Super-Resolution Live-Cell Imaging of the Tips of Processes of Oligodendrocyte Progenitor Cells" by the Dutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft - Project 411517989. The project will be conducted at the RUBION and the newly developed instrument will expand the instrument portfolio of RUBION.

    Published on Aug. 7, 2018, 5:49 p.m.

    RUBION and the Jung Chemiker Forum


    As part of an excursion for the participants from the Jung Chemiker Forum we show what is possible in the central facility RUBION.

    In addition to short presentations and explanations there is the possibility to get to know some of our instruments and methods.

    Please register at: https://eveeno.com/RUBION

    Published on June 8, 2018, 10 a.m.

    Novel Microscopy Technique developed

    Scientists from RUBION have developed a novel microscopy technique by combining stimulated emission depletion and scanning ion conductance microscopy (STED and SICM). The results have been published by the journal ACS Nano.

    Additional information can be found in the official press release.

    Published on May 28, 2018, 2:17 p.m.

    Project for the development of a new technique funded by the DFG

    The DFG is funding since spring 2018 the development of a new technique to investigate the diffusion of hydrogen in glasses and melts. This project is a cooperation between the RUBION and the group of Prof. S. Chakraborty (geoscience, RUB) (BE 1307 5-1 and CH 166 20-1)

    Published on May 1, 2018, 4:54 p.m.

    Members meeting of RUBION

    We inform all working group leaders and their employees, who are registered by us as users, about the new application procedure for experiment requests at the RUBION, without working in the RUBION will not be possible in the future.

    The members meeting takes place on:

    Thursday, May 17, 2018, 12:30 pm s.t. in the event center (VZ) of the RUB, room 3

    Published on April 13, 2018, 8:29 a.m.

    Grand Prize: RUBION-tour for alumnus Dr. Lüken

    In November 2017, Alumnus Dr. Lüken linked his profile in the alumni-directory of the RUB and thus automatically participated in a raffle that the alumni-service carried out: All alumni who signed up for the new alumni directory by mid of january could win several prizes.

    Dr. Lüken was lucky: he won the first prize, an exclusive tour of the department RUBION ion beams. The entire RUBION team congratulates Dr. Lüken again and and wish him all the best for the future. continue ...

    Published on April 12, 2018, 3:10 p.m.

    NV10 end station now also available for 200mm-wafer-implantation

    200mm Wafer

    After a successful retrofit of a RUBION unit, we and our partner, the rubitec GmbH, are able to offer all implantations on 200mm-wafer since the beginning of the year. The handling of the wafers is currently done manually. Contact: Arnd J. Apool

    Published on March 5, 2018, 1 p.m.

    New webpage online

    Our new webpage is online. With this release, we will completely switch our user management to electronic data input. This means, that you will experience some changes in how to interact with us. We hope that this simplifies the communication process.

    In the next member-/user meeting, we will introduce the new webpage in detail. Until then, this is release is also a test run: In case you find errors, be it a typo or a functional error, please get back to us.

    We hope that you enjoy our new webpage,

    the RUBION  team

    Published on March 1, 2018, 11:32 p.m.

    Congratulations, PD!

    Promotion PD

    Congratulations to our colleague Priyadarshi "PD" Chowdhury to his very successful PhD thesis and defense!

    Published on Jan. 25, 2018, 5 p.m.

    Continuity in the board of directors of RUBION

    Letter from the Rectorate of the RUB from August 07th, 2017

    The rectorate of the RUB happily agrees with the suggestions of the board of the members and the advisory board of RUBION regarding the positions of the director and deputy director of RUBION. For the following two years, 

    • Prof. Dr. Sumit Chakraborty is appointed as Director of RUBION
    • Prof. Dr. Julia Bandow is appointed Deputy Director of RUBION

    We are looking forward to working together and thank Prof. Dr. Chakraborty and Prof. Dr. Bandow to volunteer for the corresponding positions.

    Arnd Apool, CEO

    Published on Aug. 7, 2017, 12:08 p.m.