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.
The former Cluster of Excellence Engineering of Advanced Materials – Hierarchical Structure Formation for Functional Devices (EAM) was situated at the Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU) and was part of the Excellence Initiative of the German federal and state governments from 11/2007 – 10/2019. It was 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. Supported by the 25 % allowance fund of the State Government of Bavaria, EAM continues to act as nucleus for new research initiatives and as hub for worldwide visible excellence and was established as FAU Competence Unit Engineering of Advanced Materials (EAM) in April 2022, a central institution of FAU Key Research Priority New Materials and Processes.