Collaborative research

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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)

RTG 2423, since 2019, Prof. Dr. Paul Steinmann,

RTG 1896, 2013, Prof. Dr. Erdmann Spiecker, Chair of Micro- and Nanostructure Research

Research Units and Clinical Research Units (RU and CRU)

Priority Programmes (PP)