Research, discover, invent – lateral thinking is welcome

FAU is a full-spectrum university with a long tradition of research. Over 250 degree programmes and long-standing partnerships with international research institutions such as Max Planck, Fraunhofer and Helmholtz give staff and students the opportunity to look beyond the boundaries of their own subjects, network with others and consider research questions from different perspectives. FAU encourages its members to think in every direction – above all laterally! This diversity makes FAU one of Germany’s leading research universities.

  • There are a number of G protein-coupled receptors in human cells. They may act individually or in pairs, and this can have an effect on their function. Scientists from FAU have investigated G protein-coupled receptors and carried out research into whether tailor-made substances can have an impact on how these receptors form pairs and how they then behave.

  • Chemical reactions can be controlled using coloured light by means of an intelligent photocatalyst developed by researchers at the Chair of Physical Chemistry at FAU and the Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces. The colour of the light determines which programmed chemical reactions are triggered by the photocatalyst. The researchers have now published their findings in the journal ‘Angewandte Chemie Int. Ed.’.

  • Efficient battery systems are used in cars, tools, bicycles and as stationary energy storage units. Reusing these batteries, however, is difficult and not economically viable. By using a battery pass, researchers at FAU aim to store information for recycling directly in the battery itself. The research project has received over 4.5 million euros of funding from the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).

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