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.
An Elite Master’s Programme
Advanced Materials and Processes (MAP) is a combination of Materials Science and Engineering with Chemical and Biological Engineering. These disciplines play a key role in the development of novel technologies – without the development of new materials, a great range of key inventions from digital computers or jet engines to customized medical implants would not have been possible. Novel materials with new functionalities or improved properties, however, require specifically designed, economically and environmentally sustainable production processes – which might themselves depend on the development of new catalyst materials. This intimate connection between processes and materials is of key importance for advances and innovations in virtually any field of technology. Chemical and Biological Engineering and Materials Science and Engineering are thus highly intertwined fields, which are, however, treated as separate subjects in traditional education.
MAP is an English-taught interdisciplinary Master’s Programme and provides a unique curriculum for the next generation of engineers. Students follow an individually tailored curriculum to learn in small groups the fundamentals of Chemical and Biological Engineering and/or Materials science and Engineering, and four focal subjects
- Advanced Processes
- Biomaterials and Bioprocessing
- Computational Materials Science and Process Simulation
- Nanomaterials and Nanotechnology
allow the students to further deepen their knowledge in key technological areas.
MAP is a highly-selective, accredited 2-year Master’s Programme and is part of the Elite Network of Bavaria (ENB). It is characterized by a very low student-to-faculty ratio, early involvement in cutting-edge research through miniprojects and literature reviews, special events like summer schools and workshops (including events organized by the ENB), the availability of educational grants and personal support from the MAP programme office and the programme chairs. Students can furthermore gain additional qualifications for an academic career or for a career in industry through specialized modules with extra credits. A high percentage of our graduates continue to pursue a PhD, but MAP graduates are also highly sought after by industry, with typical destinations including the automotive, aerospace, oil and gas, food technology, health and safety and pharmaceutical sectors.
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Prof. Vogel, second chair of MAP programme, and his 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 developed a transparent surface coating for an endoscope lens that could effortlessly repel blood and other fluids. Vogel declares: “The coating could soon lead to s...