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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

Research Highlights

  • How mother-of-pearl forms

    10. February 2016 – Hierarchical structure formation in materials constitutes an important aspect of EAM. The research group of EAM member Prof. S. E. Wolf, Department of Materials Science and Engineering (Institute of Glass and Ceramics) has shown for the first time, that the mother-of-pearl in clam shells does not... more »

  • Key question on the microstructure of butterfly wings answered using electron tomography

    09. February 2016 – EAM scientists have succeeded in pinpointing the three-dimensional structure of microscopic photonic crystals in butterfly wings. This finding will help researchers to understand the formation of periodic structures which underlie the coloration of many butterflies and utilize similar approaches in... more »

  • Researchers create the world‘s first white LEDs based on fluorescent proteins

    08. February 2016 – LEDs are up to 80 percent more energy-efficient than normal light bulbs and last around five times as long as energy-saving light bulbs. As a result they are being used more and more frequently as a source of light. Nevertheless, white LEDs still have room for improvement, as current manufacturing... more »

  • Lotus effect for organic liquids

    02. February 2016 – We are all familiar with the Lotus effect where liquid drips off a surface without making it wet. Unfortunately this effect only works well for water because water has a very high surface tension and therefore has the tendency to form drops. This characteristic is less pronounced in other liquids,... more »

  • Self-Assembled Monolayer-Based Electronic Devices: Understanding structure and function through multiscale simulation

    18. June 2015 – Cooperation Research Areas A3/BOne of the prominent interdisciplinary projects carried out in EAM has been to make and simulate field-effect transistors based on self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) of organic molecules (SAMFETs). This project has involved eight different EAM groups, four experimental... more »

  • Optimization within Research Area A3

    20. November 2014 – The overall mission in cross sectional Research Area A3 is to develop new methods for multiscale and multiphysical modeling of structures, properties and processes. In general, research concepts range from quantum-mechanical approaches on the molecular scale via discrete approaches for particle... more »

  • Electrons dart through molecular wires

    17. November 2014 – An important step towards the vision of nanoscale electronic components has been made. It has been shown that electrons can be transported much faster over rigid molecular wires than over flexible ones. Together with partners in Japan, Professor Dirk M. Guldi and his group (amongst others EAM GS... more »

  • Linear and nonlinear optical spectroscopies applied to the growth of gold nanoshells

    16. November 2014 – Metal coated particles have properties which make them relevant for a range of applications including theranostics, sensors, special effect pigments and catalysis. A challenge to commercialization is the arduous multistep synthetic process which is needed to produce high quality coatings and which... more »

  • EAM-Nanosafe project: Investigating the toxicity of nanoparticles

    15. April 2014 – The kick-off workshop with talks and poster presentations of the EAM-Nanosafe project, which was started in September 2013, was held during the EAM Symposium in Kloster Banz. Within this project, the toxicological impact of the most important particle systems, studied in EAM, will be characterized.... more »

  • Graphene Makes Waves

    18. December 2013 – An interdisciplinary team, which comprises materials scientists, physicists and computer chemists from Erlangen showed how internal stresses in bilayer graphene relax in a quite startling fashion. The results not only provide deep insight into the interplay of defects and mechanical stresses in... more »

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