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Cluster of Excellence

Engineering of Advanced Materials

Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg


Cluster of Excellence
Engineering of
Advanced Materials (EAM)

Nägelsbachstrasse 49b
91052 Erlangen, Germany

From Molecules

Transcending Boundaries and Structures

to Materials

Custom-made high-performance materials are revolutionizing the world of electronics, optics, catalysis and lightweight construction. In Erlangen, materials science innovation starts at the atomic level and influences the entire process chain to achieve macroscopically visible results. Video

The Cluster of Excellence Engineering of Advanced Materials – Hierarchical Structure Formation for Functional Devices (EAM) is the only interdisciplinary research collaboration of its type in Germany to focus on the investigation of functional materials and their processing at all length scales. Its research centers on the fundamental and applied aspects of designing and creating novel high-performance materials. Situated at the Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU) it is part of the Excellence Initiative of the German federal and state governments.


  • Picture of the month: The curious mechanical properties of auxetic cellular materials

    02. April 2015 Compared to conventional cellular structures, mechanical metamaterials can have surprising properties. One example is a negative Poisson’s ratio. For usual materials, this parameter is positive. This leads to a dilation of an object perpendicular to an applied compressive force. For so called... more »

  • Researchers work on more sustainable nappies

    23. March 2015 Collaboration between FAU and Procter & Gamble aims to further improve the environmental impact of disposable nappiesDisposable nappies are easy to use, practical when on the move, and particularly good at keeping the skin dry. FAU researchers are now working with the multinational consumer... more »

  • ERC Consolidator Grant für EAM-Member Professor Julien Bachmann

    16. March 2015 Die FAU kann einen weiteren Erfolg im harten Wettbewerb um europäische Fördermittel verbuchen: Prof. Dr. Julien Bachmann erhält für sein neuestes Forschungsprojekt „Solacylin“ vom Europäischen Forschungsrat (ERC) einen der begehrten ERC Consolidator Grants in Höhe von 1,9 Millionen Euro. Das Ziel... more »

  • Picture of the month: Studying reactions at liquid surfaces under ultra-high vacuum

    01. March 2015 The new dual-analyzer system for surface analysis is dedicated to study liquid surfaces and solid-liquid interfaces. Complementary surface science techniques such as angle-resolved ultraviolet and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy as well as low energy ion scattering are combined in this unique... more »

  • Kids Box enables child care at the workplace

    27. February 2015 The child minder is ill, the creche is closed for a day and the grandparents are not available on short call – the Kids Box will offer the possibility to quickly redesign an office as a mobile parent child-room in case at short notice you have to bring your child(ren) with you to your work place.... more »

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