Collaborative research, i.e. the interaction of different disciplines within FAU and with research institutions in Germany and abroad, is a guarantee for scientists at the Faculty of Engineering to advance science and find answers to challenges. All participants benefit from collaborative research. DFG institutions are listed here as examples.
Research networks are also funded by the EU, the federal government and the state of Bavaria. Scientists at FAU receive central support in identifying research topics, obtaining start-up funding and preparing collaborative research initiatives.
Collaborative Research Centres (CRC)
Collaborative Research Centres with FAU as the main applicant university
CRC 1483 - Empatho-Kinaesthetic Sensory Systems (EmpkinS)
CRC 1483 EmpkinS (Empatho-Kinaesthetic Sensory Systems) is aimed at finding brand new ‘digital’ patient-centred options for diagnosis and treatment in medicine and psychology by combining touch-free radar, wireless and camera-based sensor technologies with innovative signal processing methods and artificial intelligence.
EmpkinS has received roughly 11 million euros of funding for the next four years. In addition to FAU, Hamburg University of Technology, the University of Bayreuth and the Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits in Erlangen are also involved in the project.
CRC 1452 - Catalysis at Liquid Surfaces (CLINT)
The CRC 1452 – Catalysis at Liquid Surfaces (CLINT) is pursuing a completely new approach in chemical reaction engineering by using the highly-dynamic anisotropic environment of gaseous-liquid and liquid-solid interfaces to create technical catalysts with new properties and as yet unattained productivity, stability and manageability. The aim is to combine the understanding of catalytic processes with targeted material development, which is why the research will include everything from model systems to real catalysts and incorporate in-situ methods.
CRC 1411 - Product design of disperse systems
CRC 1411 – Product design of disperse systems focuses on optimising nanoparticle design. For this purpose, particle syntheses are combined with novel separation methods for classifying nanoparticles. The key feature of this approach is that production is optimised in such a way that particles with engineered properties can be produced in continuous processes. These elegant approaches to property and process design replace current methods that are often highly complex and based on experiments. Thanks to this innovation, the new CRC will make important contributions to the digitalisation of the product design of particle systems. In 20 individual projects, researchers from the fields of chemical engineering, materials sciences, mathematics and physics will design, produce and characterise new nanoparticles. Designing particles with special optical properties is a central aspect of this research. Within the framework of the CRC, a research training group has been set up for doctoral research in nanoparticle design – a world first. The CRC is also breaking new ground in dealing with the large amounts of data generated in the experiments and simulations.
CRC 814 − Additive Manufacturing
CRC 814 – Additive Manufacturing describes production technologies which construct components in layers according to a computer model. In the future, it will be possible to produce plastic and metal components directly from a computer at the click of a mouse, very much like printing on paper today. CRC 814 concentrates on the fundamental questions surrounding this promising technology. A better understanding of how powder behaves during production will be used to manufacture new and improved powder materials, and optimise machine design and processes.
CRC/Transregio 89 − Invasive computing
CRC/Transregio 89 − Invasive computing: The key innovative idea behind invasive computing is to introduce resource-aware programming support. This means that a programme can dynamically distribute its computing processes to neighbouring processors, in a process similar to a phase of invasion. Code with a high degree of parallelism is then run in parallel through the available (invasible) parts of the multi-processor architecture.
Collaborative Research Centres with FAU as the co-applicant university (TRR)
CRC/Transregio 285 - Method development for increasing mechanical joinability in adaptable process chains
CRC/Transregio 285 – Method development for increasing mechanical joinability in adaptable process chains: In all fields of product manufacturing, such as automotive and mechanical engineering, individual parts are joined to form structures with several connection points. The joinability of parts is the key to efficient production processes. In addition to the need for a prognosis of joinability, the growing number of combinations of materials and geometries means that inflexible mechanical joining processes need to adapt. Up to now, these needed to be tailored to new combinations, which is a complex process. CRC/Transregio “Method development for increasing mechanical joinability in adaptable process chains” will research methods for increasing adaptability in the areas of materials (suitability for joining), construction (joining safety) and manufacturing (joining capability) as well as for joinability prognosis.
CRC/Transregio 225 - From the foundations of biofabrication to functional tissue models
CRC/Transregio 225 – From the foundations of biofabrication to functional tissue models:
This collaborative research centre/Transregio is dealing with a new field of research where structures are generated using 3D printing in which cells and materials are arranged in structures similar to tissues. In the long term, this method could be used to create tissue models that could replace animal testing, for example. CRC/TRR 225 is conducting research in the foundations of biofabrication and is investigating the behaviour of cells before and after the printing process. In addition, it is seeking to develop new materials and processes for 3D printing of tissue.
CRC/Transregio 103 – From atom to turbine blade – scientific foundations for a new generation of monocrystalline superalloys
CRC/Transregio 103 – From atom to turbine blade – scientific foundations for a new generation of monocrystalline superalloys: Monocrystalline superalloys are key materials in the manufacturing of turbine blades for modern gas turbines, such as those used in space technology and energy production. For this reason, they are as essential for modern society as they are for a sustainable energy supply. Using new monocrystalline technology in gas turbines increases efficiency while reducing harmful emissions – one of the main aspects of research by CRC/Transregio 103.
Research Training Groups (RTG)
Integrated RTG as part of CRC 1483, since 2021, Prof. Dr. Martin Vossiek, Institute of Microwaves and Photonics
Integrated RTG as part of CRC 1452, since 2021, Prof. Dr. Peter Wasserscheid, Institute of Chemical Reaction Engineering
Integrated RTG as part of CRC 1411, since 2020, Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Peukert, Institute of Particle Technology
International RTG 2495, since 2020, Prof. Dr. Kyle G. Webber, Institute of Glass and Ceramics
RTG 2475, since 2019, Prof. Dr. Felix Freiling, Chair of Computer Science 1 (IT Security Infrastructures)
- Fracture across Scales: Integrating Mechanics, Materials Science, Mathematics, Chemistry, and Physics
RTG 2423, since 2019, Prof. Dr. Paul Steinmann, Institute of Applied Mechanics
RTG 1896, 2013, Prof. Dr. Erdmann Spiecker, Chair of Micro- and Nanostructure Research
Research Units and Clinical Research Units (RU and CRU)
- Solidification Cracks during Laser Beam Welding: High Performance Computing for High Performance Processing
RU 5134: Prof. Dr. Michael Schmidt, Lehrstuhl für Photonische Technologien (LPT)
- Process-orientated tolerance management with virtual assurance methods
RU 2271, Prof. Dr. Sandro Wartzack, Lehrstuhl Konstruktionstechnik (KTmfk)
- Acoustic sensor networks
RU 2457, Prof. Dr. Reinhold Häb-Umbach, Universität Paderborn
- Optical Design and Interconnection Technology for Assembly-Integrated Bus Systems
RU 1660, Prof. Dr. Jörg Franke, Lehrstuhl Fertigungsautomatisierung und Produktionssystematik
- RU 1600 − Chemistry and technology of the ammonothermal synthesis of nitrides
RU 1600, Eberhard Schlücker, Department Chemical and Biological Engineering (CBI)
Process Machinery and Systems Engineering (iPAT)
Priority Programmes (PP)
- Disruptive Memory Technologies
PP 2377, Prof. Dr. Olaf Spinczyk, University Osnabrück
- Energy Efficient Power Electronics “GaNius”
PP 2312, Prof. Dr. Sibylle Dieckerhoff, TU Berlin
- Auditory Cognition in Interactive Virtual Environments – AUDICTIVE
PP 2236, Prof. Dr. Janina Fels, Rheinisch-Westfälische Technische Hochschule Aachen (RWTH)
- Memristive Devices Toward Smart Technical Systems
PP 2262, Prof. Dr. Ronald Tetzlaff, TU Dresden
- Cooperative Multilevel Multistable Micro Actuator Systems (KOMMMA)
PP 2206, Prof. Manfred Kohl, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)
- Electronic-Photonic Integrated Systems for Ultrafast Signal Processing
PP 2111, Prof. Dr. Christoph Scheytt, University Paderborn
- Soft Material Robotic Systems
PP 2100, Prof. Dr. Annika Raatz, Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz University Hannover
- Materials for Additive Manufacturing
PP 2122, Prof. Stephan Barcikowski, University Duisburg-Essen
- Fluidless Lubricationsystems with high mechanical Load
PP 2074, Prof. Bernd Sauer, TU Kaiserslautern
- Highly specific and multidimensional fractionation of fine particle systemes with technical relevance
PP 2045, Prof. Dr. Urs Peuker, TU Bergakademie Freiberg
- Scalable Data Management on Future Hardware
PP 2037, Prof. Dr. Kai-Uwe Sattler, TU Ilmenau
- The utilization of residual stresses induced by metal forming
PP 2013, Prof. Dr. Wolfram Volk, TU München
- Robust Argumentation Machines (RATIO)
PP 1999, Prof. Dr. Philipp Cimiano, University Bielefeld
- Hybrid and Multimodal Energy Systems: Systems Theory and Methods for the Transformation and Operation of Complex Networks
PP 1984, Prof. Dr. Christian Rehtanz, TU Dortmund
- Nanoparticle Synthesis in Spray Flames: Spray Syn: Measurement, Simulation, Processes
PP 1980, Prof. Dr. Christof Schulz, University Duisburg-Essen
- Cyber-Physical Networking (CPN)
PP 1914, Prof. Dr. Sandra Hirche, TU München
- Electromagnetic Sensors for Life Sciences (ESSENCE)
PP 1857, Prof. Dr. Rolf Jakoby, TU Darmstadt
- High Frequency Flexible Bendable Electronics for Wireless Communication Systems
PP 1796, Prof. Dr. Frank Ellinger, TU Dresden