Academic Highlights



Professor Bitzek, first chair of the MAP programme, receives 2 million euro ERC Consolidator Grant

Prof. Dr. Erik Bitzek, Chair of General Materials Properties of the Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU), has received a coveted ERC consolidator Grant worth two million euros from the European Research Council (ERC) – to explore on a fundamental level why things break apart. With his latest research project ‘Microscopic origins of fracture toughness’ Bitzek aims to describe the interactions between cracks and material defects, and investigate the factors influencing fracture and destruction.

It is so important to understand these processes precisely –as their consideration plays an important role for the construction and transport business, for the construction of components and machines, or the design of reactor pressure vessels, where resistance to crack propagation is an essential property of the materials used, such as steel. More about this can be read here.

Prof. Dr. Erik Bitzek (Image: FAU/Johannes Möller)



Professor Vogel, second chair of the MAP programme, and his International and Interdisciplinary Team Developed Unobstructed View into Human Body

Prof. Vogel was part of an international and interdisciplinary team consisting of researchers from FAU and Harvard University to develope a transparent surfcae coating for an endoscope lens that could effortlessly repell blood and other fluids. Vogel declares: "The coating could soon lead to shorter and less risky endoskopy examinations, which are safer for the patients and more efficient for the clinicians." More about this can be read here and here.

Prof. Dr. Nicolas Vogel (Pressebild: Georg Pöhlein)

Course on Roadmaps in Semiconductor Crystal Growth including Lab Tour at Fraunhofer IISB

Under the leadership of Dr.-Ing. Jochen Friedrich, this course aimed at the familiarization of MAP students with the semiconductor industry and at viewing technology from markets’ perspective.

Because of the importance of semiconductor crystals Fraunhofer IISB invited MAP students to the 2nd MAP Course on Roadmaps in Semiconductor Crystal Growth (MAPS). In a series of lectures experts from Fraunhofer IISB introduced semiconductor crystals, their further processing to semiconductor devices, and the applications of such semiconductor devices in the areas photovoltaic and powerelectronics. Subsequently, teams of 3 to 5 students analysed the market developments for different materials, their applications and the challenges which arise for, e.g., the production of devices. As a last step a one day presentation at Fraunhofer IISB took  place, where the student teams presented their results with respect to the future applications and development of materials in the different markets. The course was closed by a lab tour through Fraunhofer IISB.
















Chair of the MAP focal subject Biomaterials and Bioprocessing with Prof. Dr. Aldo R. Boccaccini receives 900,000 euros in funding for training project

Developing highly effective antibacterial biomaterials that can be used in medicine is a key priority in materials science. FAU’s Chair of Biomaterials is to receive 954,782 euros in funding from the European Union to train young researchers to work on developing such materials. More about this can be read here.