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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.


  • Making two out of one

    19. May 2015 FAU chemists and physicists aim to increase the efficiency of solar cells considerably Doubling the amount of electricity produced by solar cells is just a difficult as it sounds. Chemists and physicists at FAU are carrying out intensive research on this topic. They are investigating singlet... more »

  • A unique look at the atomic structure of materials

    04. May 2015 Powerful microscope to enable high-level materials research How are atoms arranged in a material? How are they bonded together? The answers to these questions are the key to understanding how materials behave – and how they can be improved to make them even more stable, heat-resistant or... more »

  • Picture of the month: New materials and processes for hydrogen storage

    01. May 2015 Liquid organic hydrogen carriers (LOHC) are being developed as an intrinsically safe means for the long term storage of large amounts of excess energy. At the heart of the concept lie organic liquids with similar physical properties to gasoline but which can be readily enriched by or stripped of... more »

  • FAU among the top performers in the 2015 QS World University Rankings by Subject

    29. April 2015 FAU’s materials science is world class, five other subjects are among the top ten in Germany In 2015, FAU is once again ranked among the top universities in research and teaching compared with other universities around the world. 13 subjects from the humanities, sciences, medicine and engineering... 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 »

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