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Prof. Dr.-Ing. Reinhard Lerch, Dean of the Faculty of Engineering

Wherever there is change and development, you will find engineers, natural scientists and computer scientists at work. Striving for progress is, after all, their essential motivation. The particular appeal of the Faculty of Engineering at the Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU) lies precisely in this dynamic and interdisciplinary commitment to the pursuit of innovation.
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Reinhard Lerch, Dean of the Faculty of Engineering

Welcome for International Students

We are looking forward to welcoming you as international students to the Faculty of Engineering at FAU with our Kick-Off event on Tuesday, 5 September 2017.

On this Kick-Off and the following first weeks we will guide you through your first steps in Erlangen. You will meet your contact persons at the Faculty, get help with formalities, take part in a campus tour, meet up with fellow students and much more! Target Group: Students of the international master degree programmes at the Faculty of Engineering. Read on...

Slippery liquid surfaces confuse mussels to prevent their adhesion to underwater structures

It all began with a bet at a conference in Italy in 2013.

FAU researcher Nicolas Vogel, Ph.D., then a postdoctoral fellow in Joanna Aizenberg’s lab at the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University and Harvard’s John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS), gave a talk about the group’s Slippery Liquid-Infused Porous Surfaces (SLIPS) coatings, which promised to prevent nearly anything from adhering to structures to which they were applied. In the audience was Ali Miserez, Ph.D., an Associate Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at Nanyang Technological University (NTU) specializing in biological materials who approached Vogel after the presentation and said confidently, “I bet mussels will …” Read on …

From Daqing to Erlangen

Interview with PhD Student Muchao Qu

Muchao Qu came to Germany in 2010 to study the language of German in Stuttgart for one year. Afterwards, he commenced a Master´s degree in Chemistry at the Technische Universität Chemnitz (Technical University of Chemnitz) which he finished in 2014. Since 2015, he is pursuing his PhD at FAU´s Institute of Polymer Materials (LSP) where he carries out research on Conductive Polymer Composites (CPC). Read on …

Special Brown Bag Break with the FAU-Ambassadors

FAU hosted a special edition of the Brown Bag Breaks with the FAU-Ambassadors:

Professor Dr. Enrique Zuazua from Spain and Professor Vijay K. Bhargava, PhD from Canada provided interesting insights into their international academic careers and transnational experiences.

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Over 2 million euros for better on-board networks

The warning message that tells you a visit to the garage is needed and the engine that stalls at the traffic lights: it seems that no car can manage without communication and power networks.

But they are also essential components in trains and aeroplanes, various types of machines, telecommunications systems and computers, household appliances and entertainment electronics, wind power and photovoltaic systems, not to mention control equipment and medical devices. Researchers at FAU are looking at ways to make these highly complex on-board networks meet the ever greater demands placed on them. The European Regional Development Fund is funding the project ‘E|Connect – efficient communication and power networking in mechatronic systems’ with 2.2 million euros. Read on …

Physicists Discover Mechanism Behind Granular Capillary Effect

The origin of the granular capillary effect – the rise of sand or other granules in a tube – was a long-standing mystery. Only recently did an international team of physicists succeed in unveiling it. Further research may open up new ways to move materials, leading to promising new applications in trade and industry.

Dipping a tube into a container filled with water will make the water rise in the tube. This phenomenon is called liquid capillarity. It is responsible for many natural and technical processes, for example the water absorption of trees, ink rising in a fountain pen, and sponges absorbing dishwater. Read on …

Success in the 2017 CWTS Leiden Ranking

Researchers’ reputations are often measured by how often their publications are cited. The CWTS Leiden Ranking shows that FAU researchers are among the most frequently cited. FAU was even able to improve on its excellent ranking of the previous year at both the national and international levels.

In Germany, FAU progressed three places in comparison with the previous year, climbing from 13th place into the top ten. On an international level as well, FAU is holding its own: within Europe as a whole, FAU has improved eight places to reach rank 80. Internationally, it has reached 186th place and is now in the top 200, moving up two places from 202nd place in the previous year. Read on …

Mystery of butterfly research resolved

It has only been one year since the material scientists around Prof. Erdmann Spiecker from the Centre for Nanoanalysis and Electron Microscopy (CENEM) at FAU were granted funding for one of the world’s best X-ray microscopes and they could already help unravelling an open question in butterfly research with fascinating 3D analyses. Their results have recently been published in the renowned scientific journal Science Advances.

Fascinating colours generated by photonic crystals Who is not fascinated by the wonderful iridescent colours of butterfly wings? Those who want to find out more about this phenomenon will realise that often the colour is not generated by pigments, rather by periodic structures made of chitin, a structure-forming polysaccharide. Read on …

FAU among the most innovative universities in Europe

FAU is synonymous with innovation: In Reuters latest ranking of Europe’s most innovative universities, FAU is ranked at number 6. This is in line with last year’s position. FAU also remains at second place among German universities.

Although at first glance Europe’s most innovative universities appear to have little in common – there are just as many denominational, state and private universities occupying the top spots as traditional establishments and some which are just a few years or a few decades old – they do share one thing: their power of innovation. Read on …

Top marks in CHE ranking

FAU has once again performed excellently in the Centre for Higher Education’s (CHE) current university ranking and is ranked among the best for business law, information systems, industrial engineering and management, and business studies.

Information systems and business studies were each awarded top marks in two categories. Both subjects were praised for the support offered at the beginning of study programmes, as was industrial engineering and management. In addition, information systems was rated highly for the number of its research publications, and business studies for the high number of students completing their degree course within a reasonable time. Read on …

2nd Joint Workshop Shanghai Jiao Tong University – FAU

Jiao Tong University, Shanghai – FAU, 2nd Joint Workshop on Combustion and Material Processing/Engineering, March 2017

FAU: Prof. Stefan Will, Prof. Jürgen Karl, Prof. Günter Leugering, Dr.-Ing. Florian Klämpfl, Prof. Michael Schmidt, Dr.-Ing. Hinnerk Hagenah, Dr.-Ing. Lars Zigan – SJTU: Dr.-Ing. Yi Gao, Prof. Xincun Zhuang, Prof. Dong Han, Prof. Junliang Zhang, Prof. He Lin, Prof. Fei Qi

EU cooperation for improved glass

FAU researchers help develop research infrastructure in Slovakia

FunGlass is the title of an EU project with funds of 15 million euros aimed at establishing a new centre of excellence for improved glass materials in the Slovakian city of Trencin. The Institute of Bio-materials at FAU is participating in the scientific development of the centre. FunGlass is financed through an EU Horizon 2020 Teaming project that supports EU countries with a developing research infrastructure. The Institute of Bio-materials at FAU is one of four international partners cooperating in the development of the centre of excellence, the others being Friedrich Schiller University Jena, Padua University in Italy and the Madrid Institute for Ceramics and Glass in Spain. Research activities will focus on the functional properties of glass and how they can be used in new applications. Read on …

FAU is one of the leading universities in Germany

FAU ranks among the best 150 universities worldwide in four subject areas according to the latest QS World University Ranking published by the education information service provider Quacquarelli Symonds (QS).

In addition to materials science and chemical engineering, chemistry and physics are now also among the top 150. In medicine, humanities, engineering, economics, natural sciences and social sciences, FAU was listed as one of the best 350 universities in the world in twelve subjects. FAU was listed in four out of five subject groups and is now among the top 200 in engineering and medicine, and among the top 150 in natural sciences. This year’s ranking saw the humanities climb six places with engineering making the greatest leap forward, improving by 48 places. Read on …

The world’s largest diamond foil

FAU material researchers have come a step closer to their goal of providing large diamond foils for practical applications.

In a test reactor, they have succeeded in producing the world’s largest diamond foil with a diameter of 28 centimetres. Diamond foils can be used as ultimate wear protection in industrial applications and for research into thermoelectric power generation – an emerging market. The researchers have recently published their findings on diamond foils in the acclaimed journals ‘Philosophical Transactions A’ and ‘Carbon’.* Read on …

The Lord of Destruction

FAU material researcher receives 2 million euro ERC Consolidator Grant

While his childhood friends built things, Erik was always more intrigued by how and why things break. Prof. Dr. Erik Bitzek has consistently followed this passion for materials, their structures, and their breaking points. This Ludwigsburg Native never minded if his observations were drawn from stones in his mineral collection, his favorite chocolate, or steel. After studying physics in Stuttgart, Bitzek started his doctorate at the Max Planck Institute for Metals Research (now MPI for Intelligent Systems), turning this vocation into a profession. Now he has received a coveted ERC consolidator scholarship worth two million euros from the European Research Council (ERC) – to explore even more intensively why things break apart. With his latest research project ‘microKIc – Read on …