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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

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 …

The FAU Open Research Challenge returns

2017 challenge focuses on medical engineering to help treat movement disorders

In spring 2017, Germany’s Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU) invites researchers in medicine and engineering from around the world to enter the second FAU Open Research Challenge. The global online contest this year focuses on FAU’s major research area of Health Technology and medical engineering. The winner will receive access to a three-month trial at their home location (or other if appropriate) using the new eGaIT mobile sensor based gait analysis system, developed by a FAU consortium in Germany’s Medical Valley innovation hub. Read on …

Sheet bulk metal forming research gains EUR 4.7 million in funding

An outstanding success for FAU – the German Research Foundation (DFG) has extended the Collaborative Research Centre SFB/TRR 73 which will be funded with approximately EUR 4.7 million over the next four years. The objective of the upcoming project phase is to develop manufacturing processes for sheet bulk metal forming in industry. Read on…

International Congress Engineering of Advanced Materials 2017 – Call for Abstracts

ICEAM2017 is organized by the Cluster of Excellence Engineering of Advanced Materials (EAM) and will be held from 10 – 12 October 2017 in Erlangen, Germany. The aim of ICEAM2017 is to place 10 years of interdisciplinary research at the EAM in the international context of state-of-the-art science and engineering research. Our target audience is local, national and international researchers working in fields where EAM is active.

With a mix of invited plenary, keynote and submitted talks and posters, the congress will focus on EAM’s four application fields, Nanoelectronic Materials, Photonic and Optical Materials, Catalytic Materials and Lightweight Materials. Furthermore, the key role played by our cross-sectional topics, Functional Particle Systems, Nanoanalysis and Microscopy, and Multiscale Modeling and Simulation will be apparent throughout the congress. Details Topics under the link below. Read on...