Welcome to Prof. Nicolas Vogel and Prof. Peter Felfer
Prof. Nicolas Vogel and Prof. Peter Felfer form the new leadership as the chairs of the Elite Masters’ Programme “Advanced Materials and Processes” (MAP).
Prof. Vogel has been the vice-chair of the programme for the last 5 years. Together with Prof. Erik Bitzek, who left FAU to continue his career at the Max Planck Institute for Iron Research in Düsseldorf, he significantly influenced and shaped the programme, overseeing, for example, the implementation of a programme structure and examination regulations, a successful extension of the elite status in the framework of the Elite Network of Bavaria). Prof. Vogel is a reliable and appreciated contact person for students and lecturers and one of the most popular lecturers within the MAP programme, as evidenced by numerous teaching awards. In cooperation with the two collaborative research centres 1411 Design of Particulate Products and 1452 Catalysis at Liquid Interfaces (CLINT) at FAU, he initiated new scholarship opportunities for MAP students. MAP also benefits greatly from his international contacts, which he has acquired through his postdoctoral work in Harvard. As a member of the Institute of Particle Technology, Prof. Vogel represents the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering (CBI) in the interdisciplinary MAP programme.
Prof. Felfer has been involved in MAP as a lecturer for several years and is thus very familiar with the existing structures and the special features of this international and interdisciplinary programme. His research interests focus on the use of atomic probe tomography to characterise structural materials, catalyst materials and materials for electrochemical energy conversion. These research directions sit at the interface between materials research and process development and are therefore an ideal example of the importance of the interdisciplinarity that we focus on in the MAP programme. His scientific excellence has been demonstrated, for example, by the acquisition of a prestigious ERC starting grant in the field of hydrogen technology. Prof. Felfer is similarly experienced in the development of innovative teaching formats that go far beyond simple “zoom digitisation”. His intercultural competence, which he acquired, for example, during his PhD research at the Australian Centre for Microscopy and Microanalysis in Sydney, Australia makes him an ideal leader for the MAP programme. With his affiliation to Institute 1: General Materials Properties, Prof. Felfer represents the Department of Materials Science and Engineering in the interdisciplinary MAP programme.
As the MAP team, we are looking forward to continuing the MAP success story with our new Chairs.