Cluster of Excellence
Engineering of Advanced Materials
Schoolchildren are the scientists, developers and consumers of tomorrow. Therefore, we consider it as an important task, to inspire them for science and technology.
The EAM-school labs of the Cluster of Excellence "Engineering of Advanced Materials" comprise of the latest research from the two major topics of energy and nanotechnology. Student laboratories were developed for both chemistry and physics to enable a better fit for the school teachers for those subjects. The pupils work in both fields in laboratories at the FAU in an authentic environment and can play an active role in exciting and level-suitable experiments. The individual experimental stations help embed the topics within the school curriculum and are at the same time conceived as projects that are consciously set apart from the strict individual subject curricula. Even in everyday research individual scientific disciplines are interlinked and benefit from interdisciplinary research.
Nanotechnology and energy are topics that characterize our century. Nanotechnology opens up a complete new world in the field of materials. These tiny particles give materials properties previously unknown to the materials. Meanwhile, they have reached us as consumers. Additionally, the change in energy policy depends crucially on the provision of suitable chemical energy storage devices. The lab invites groups of students from Q11 to experiment. It can host chemistry courses, biological-chemical experimentation courses as well as P- and W-seminars. All topics are explored from the chemical side in the lab - and it's not so hard to understand.
EAM Schülerlabor Chemie (in German)
Next to experiments in the school lab concerning the fundamental role of solar and wind energy systems, the latest developments around "solar cells" can be discovered: Dye-sensitized solar cells and polymer-based organic solar cells are the hot topics in this field and will not only be understood in the school lab, but also be produced by the pupils. Various test stations enable determination of the efficiency of the "self-made solar cells" subject to characteristic parameters. How renewable energy can be provided even without wind and sun is examined by experiments on the subject of "hydrogen and its storage".
The "Cluster Engineering of Advanced Materials" (EAM) is a research consortium of scientists from nine different disciplines at FAU. They try to solve current issues and challenges, for example in the energy sector through the development of new high-performance materials. At the same time another important task of the EAM is to inspire the interest in scientific and technological phenomena among pupils and introduce them early to science and research. An essential aspect and guarantee for success for exciting developments in the EAM is the collaboration between the different disciplines of natural science and engineering science. To transmit this interdisciplinary approach in education, two school labs with the thematic pillars "Nano" and "Energy" have been created within the framework of a joint project of Didactics of Chemistry and Didactics of Physics. In these subject areas new ideas and current research of the cluster of excellence shall be conveyed to the pupils. The EAM Lab Days for Pupils offer schoolchildren a realistic insight into the working methods of scientists and engineers. At the same time they are encouraged to experiment independently and thus to explore the world in a way that goes far beyond the experimental possibilities of school facilities.