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ENB FORUM in Erlangen: Focus on Materials Engineering

On Monday, May 30, 2016, the ENB FORUM was hosted by the Elite Graduate Program Advanced Materials and Processes at the FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg. Under the auspices of Beate Lindner from the ENB, more than 120 people defied the torrential rain to hear Prof. Dierk Raabe, director of the Max Planck Institute for Iron Research in Düsseldorf.

Foto: Erich Malter

Foto: Erich Malter

Foto: Erich Malter

Foto: Erich Malter

Beside Beate Lindner, the guests of honor included Verena Osgyan, Member of the Bavarian State Parliament and speaker for higher education, net politics, women and gender equality, Prof. Günter Leugering, vice president for international affairs of the FAU and Prof. Wolfgang Peukert, coordinator of the Cluster of Excellence Engineering of Advanced Materials (EAM).

In a fascinating tour through the history of metallurgy and materials design, Prof. Raabe connected the early beginnings of mankind’s mastering of metal technology with cutting edge research of the 21st century. In a revolutionary change comparable to the ability to forge metal tools in the Bronce and Iron Age, modern metallurgy combines quantum-mechanical computing with advanced processing and characterization technologies to design metal alloys with atomic precision, yielding  increasingly stronger, lighter and more resistant materials.

A further highlight was provided by members of the Collaborative Research Center 103 (metal super alloys) around Prof. Carolin Körner, who demonstrated the fabrication of high performance metal alloys in their technical laboratory. Thus, the participants got the chance to get a first-hand experience of how the cutting-edge materials technology presented by Prof. Raabe is fabricated in real life.

The FORUM underlined the importance of connecting the fields of Materials Sciences and Chemical Engineering; providing an ideal framework to commemorate the 10th birthday of MAP, the only graduate program in Germany offering this enabling combination of subjects.

Advanced Materials and Processes (MAP)

Advanced Materials and Processes (MAP) is an Elite Graduate Program at the FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg and works closely together with EAM Graduate School Advanced Materials and Processes. It has been supported by the Elite Network of Bavaria since 2005. Its unique combination of chemical and biological engineering and materials science offers an interdisciplinary education for the next generation of successful engineers.

Text: Claudia Bayer

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