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MAP Excursion to University of Bayreuth

Picture courtesy of MAP Office

On Friday, November 22, 2019 the MAP Office offered an excursion to the University of Bayreuth, which is co-hosting the MAP programme. We were given the opportunity to get an insight into three chairs of the engineering department and their facilities as well as the local research-focused company “Neue Materialien Bayreuth GmbH”.

In the beginning, we split up into three groups and got individual tours through the labs of the different chairs, where motivated PhD students (partially being former MAP students) gave us introductions into current research projects and typical equipment used for their work. Just to mention a few, we got insight into current developments in Fischer-Tropsch based synthesis by the chair of chemical process engineering (Prof. Dr. Andreas Jess), modern manufacturing processes for polymer matrix composites by the chair of polymer engineering (Prof. Dr. Volker Altstädt) as well as research on fates of microplastics and associated influences on microorganisms by the chair of bioprocess engineering (Prof. Dr. Ruth Freitag). Furthermore, we were kindly invited for lunch by the chair of polymer engineering, thanks a lot!

At the end of the day we visited the aforementioned company, “Neue Materialien Bayreuth GmbH”. Carrying out pilot projects for industrial partners, the company stands for collaboration between research at university and actually transferring the knowledge into application. Thereby, it was of particular interest for upcoming engineers.

In the end, the trip to Bayreuth gave a great chance to get deeper into cutting-edge research at the co-hosting university, which is great for considering potential miniprojects, a Master thesis or even carrying out PhD studies at this place.

By Lukas Müller

MAP students at the University of Bayreuth, picture courtesy of MAP Office