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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: 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 »

  • ERC Starting Grant for EAM Junior Professor Sabine Maier

    11. December 2014 The overall aim of her project “SURFLINK: Molecular carpets on insulation surfaces: rational design of covalent networks” is to construct novel two-dimensional (2D), covalently-linked, organic networks in a bottom-up approach on insulating surfaces. 2D materials have unique properties suitable for... more »

  • ERC Starting Grant for EAM Member Dr. Björn Braunschweig

    08. December 2014 The Foam expert Dr. Björn Braunschweig Dr. Björn Braunschweig from the Institute of Particle Technology has succeeded in securing research funding of one of the toughest European selection processes and has been awarded a 1.5 Million Euro Starting Grant by the European Research Council (ERC).... more »

  • EAM support of young academics: A review

    04. December 2014 Short term contracts year in year out, an uncompetitive salary compared to industry and always the concern that if a suitable professorship doesn’t open up, it’s already too late for a business career. Without doubt, young academics have much to worry about, even before considering private concerns... more »

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