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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: Plasmonic modes on ultrathin metasurfaces

    01. February 2016 Metamaterials and their ultrathin 2D relatives, so-called metasurfaces, are artificially created nanostructures the optical properties of which reach parameter ranges being not accessible for conventional materials. In our project we investigated such metasurfaces consisting of transparent 10 nm... more »

  • Picture of the month: Transparent filled polymers with enhanced properties

    01. January 2016 Glass is a commonly known filler used to increase the mechanical pro- perties of polymers. The transparent polymer Polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA) can be reinforced by the incorporation of glass particles with similar refractive index. With ideal adhesion between polymer and glass and also perfect... more »

  • Making astronomical observations in the laboratory

    21. December 2015 FAU researchers investigate how light behaves in curved space To investigate the influence of gravity on the propagation of light, researchers usually have to examine astronomical length scales and huge masses. However, physicists at Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU) and... more »

  • How nanoparticles give electrons away

    14. December 2015 EAM researchers gain new insights into the electrical charge of platinum particles Whether it is in catalytic processes in the chemical industry, environmental catalysis, new types of solar cells or new electronic components, nanoparticles are everywhere in modern production and environmental... more »

  • How mother-of-pearl forms

    09. December 2015 FAU researchers show how mother-of-pearl is formed from nanoparticles Materials scientists at FAU have shown for the first time that the mother-of-pearl in clam shells does not form in a crystallisation process but is a result of the aggregation of nanoparticles within an organic matrix. This... more »

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