Cluster of Excellence – Engineering of Advanced Materials
Advanced materials with properties tailored on the molecular and meso scale are expected to stimulate evolutionary advances and revolutionary breakthroughs in emerging key technologies such as information and communications technology, catalysis, energy and transportation. The vision of EAM is to link fundamental science and real-world application in the field of high-performance materials and devices in the context of a world-class research and training program.
At the Cluster 200 researchers from 9 disciplines (Applied Mathematics, Chemical and Biological Engineering, Chemistry, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Materials Science and Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Physics and Medicine) collaborate in 90 projects in basic research as well as in many areas of application.
EAM Graduate School GS AMP
Interdisciplinary network of partners
EAM was established at the University of Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU) in November 2007 within the framework of the Excellence Initiative to promote internationally recognized cutting edge science and research. It is based on existing and visible excellences within the FAU as well as on the expertise of the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light, the Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits (IIS) and Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Systems and Device Technology (IISB), the New Materials Fürth GmbH, the Bavarian Laser Center, the Bavarian Center for Applied Energy Research (ZAE) and other notable academic and industrial research partners.
One example of the long term impact of EAM on the university structure is the official establishment of the Helmholtz Institute Erlangen Nürnberg for Renewable Energy in August 2013. The opening of the EAM inspired Application Center »VerTec« in May 2013 indicates the firm link between fundamental research, materials and process engineering and real world applications which the Cluster has helped to forge.
Achievements and plans
In its first funding period from November 2007 – October 2012, EAM has improved the research infrastructure for materials and processes in Erlangen, boosting interdisciplinary collaboration to an exemplary level, attracting the best young researchers and providing new impetus for innovative teaching. Furthermore, EAM has already built up a remarkable track record.
In the second funding period from November 2012 – December 2018, EAM continues to perfect its structures and exploit its potential fully to ensure a successful and sustained continuation. The structure of the Research Areas has proven to be very successful and will be retained. Two new structural elements, Focal Topics and Joint Demonstrators will complement this existing structure. These two additions to the EAM’s structure of the first funding period will aim to unify and tackle fundamental scientific challenges from different perspectives. Six construction projects launched by EAM since 2009 have a total volume of more than €100m and generate more than 11,000 square meters floor space (office and laboratory space) for research.
New EAM Buildings