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FAU Among Global Leaders in Chemistry and Engineering

Erlangen Castle (Image: FAU)The FAU has scored highly in the internationally renowned Academic Ranking of World Universities by Shanghai Jiao Tong University. In particular in chemistry and in engineering, the FAU is part of the global elite; the university is ranked among the 75 best universities worldwide for chemistry and, for the first time, it is among the top 100 for engineering. more...

  • What are the effects of nanoparticles?

    Researchers at FAU are investigating various types of nanoparticles, such as zinc oxide nanoparticles, which take the shape of rods (top left), spheres (top right), plates (bottom left) or tetrahedrons (bottom right). These extremely small particles have different effects depending on their shape. A human hair is around 800 times thicker than the particles shown here. (Image: FAU)When is a text a ‘good’ text? And when is a drawing art? Objective criteria for assessing creative performance – whether creative processes or a finished work – are hard to come by. An interdisciplinary research group led by FAU has now proposed a method for developing the creative potential of young people and determined the role that self-reflection plays in creative processes. The researchers aim to develop a modern concept for implementing measures which encourage creativity at universities and schools. more...

  • Growing nanotubes in a targeted way

    Precursor molecules (yellow) act as seeds which allow the flat sheet of carbon atoms to form a tube. (Image: Konstantin Amsharov)They are light yet stronger than steel, as a semiconductor they are more efficient than silicon, and they conduct electricity better than copper: carbon nanotubes. For the first time, a team of international researchers, some of whom are based at FAU, have grown single-walled carbon nanotubes in a targeted way. It is hoped that their method could pave the way for new materials which could be used in light detectors, photovoltaic components, transistors or sensors. more...