New Materials and Processes

New Materials and Processes

FAU’s Faculty of Sciences and Faculty of Engineering are renowned for their exceptional strength in new materials research and related process technologies. New materials and processes are expected to catalyse scientific breakthroughs and push forward technological boundaries in emerging fields including energy and environment, information technologies, lightweight materials and in life sciences. In highly interdisciplinary research projects scientists and engineers from up to three faculties and 8 departments (chemistry and pharmacy, chemical and biochemical engineering, electronic engineering, information technology, mechanical engineering, material sciences and engineering, mathematics and physics) are closely cooperating.

The research activities in this area are mainly focused on the development of functional and structural materials which are constructed hierarchically from atoms and molecules to the functional particulate level and to the macroscopic scale. New research approaches which cover a wide range of length and time scales are required in order to bridge the gap between atomic and molecular architecture and component design. This applies to structural, property and process analyses, modelling, simulation, and optimisation as well as to processing and manufacturing technologies. FAU researchers are leaders in the fields of carbon allotropes and 2D-materials (e.g. graphene and black phosphorous), ionic liquids, particle technology, functional nanostructured thin films (e.g. solar cells), catalysis, self-organisation of nanostructures, bioactive and cellular materials. In particular, macroscopic material properties are tailored by microscopic design of interfaces.

Outstanding Activities

Exzellence Initiative

Collaborative Research Centres (CRC)

Research Training Groups (RTG)

Research Units (RU)

Research buildings

Successful approval of two research buildings according to paragraph 91b Abs. 1 (GG):

Interdisciplinary Centres

Close connections exist between the University and transfer centres

Cooperation with non-university research institutions

Outstanding achievements by contributing scientists

Scientists from the research area have received numerous, highly visible national and international awards. The most important awards are:


Prof. Dr.-Ing. Wolfgang Peukert


Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering
Chair of Particle Technology (Prof. Dr. Peukert)

Prof. Dr. Andreas Hirsch

Department of Chemistry and Pharmacy
Chair of Organic Chemistry II (Prof. Dr. Hirsch)