Friedrich-Alexander Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU), Germany

The Friedrich-Alexander Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU) is among the Top 5 universities in Germany for chemistry. The Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering comprises 10 full professors with research topics ranging from synthetic aspects to characterization and from application and process studies to multiscale modeling. The Cluster of Excellence Engineering of Advanced Materials- Hierarchical Structure Formation for Functional Devices (EAM) of the FAU is the only interdisciplinary research collaboration of its type in Germany to focus on the investigation of functional materials and their processing at all length scales. Its research centers on the fundamental and applied aspects of designing and creating novel high-performance materials.

The involved group has great expertise in the synthesis of porous carbon material of defined properties by the reactive extraction of metals from carbides. The group is capable to synthesize the whole range of porous carbon materials ranging in shape from nanosize particles, macrosized powders to structured foams or monoliths, while pore structures can be adjusted from micro- to mesoporous. The strong expertise of the group in the field of chemical reaction engineering of fluid/solid reactions is used to synthesize materials with novel pore structures by strong unsteady synthesis conditions. The defined porous carbon materials are applied in catalytic, electro catalytic and gas adsorption studies.

Key people involved

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. was appointed as Rising Star (tenure-track assistant professor) within the Cluster of Excellence Engineering of Advanced Materials and the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering in 2010. As young scientist he established a research group focusing on synthesis, characterization and application of porous carbon materials. His interdisciplinary research bridging chemical engineering, material science and chemistry is international recognized and received prestigious awards from academia and industry (e.g. Feodor Lynen Research Fellowship from the Alexander von Humboldt-Foundation, Griess Lecture award of the Royal Society of Chemistry, E.ON Research Initiative Award).

Prof. B. J.M. Etzold