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Cluster of Excellence
Engineering of Advanced Materials
On 30 April 2010 the new TITAN3 80 – 300 transmission electron microscope and its specially designed building were inaugurated, attended by many guests. The event kicked off with speeches by Prof. Dr. Mathias Göken, speaker of the Cluster of Excellence Center for Nanoanalysis and Electron Microscopy (CENEM), Dr. Wolfgang Heubisch, Bavarian Science Minister, and Prof. Dr. Karl-Dieter Grüske, President of the Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nuremberg. Representing EAM, the financing institute of the 2.1 million Euro instrument was its coordinator, Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Peukert. The microscope itself as well as the numerous modes of operation and analytical techniques possible on it were introduced by Prof. Dr. Erdmann Spiecker of the Electron Microscopy Group. The first research findings based on cooperative efforts by departments within the Cluster were also announced. Concluding the event was the inaugural lecture given by renowned microscopist Prof. Dr. Knut Urban from the Ernst Ruska Center for Microscopy and Spectroscopy at the Research Center Jülich. One of the leading German contributors to the development of lens correctors, a key feature of the new microscope, Urban discussed new opportunities for materials research at the atomic scale that are now made possible by the electron microscope. Many of the guests who attended the inauguration later took part in a guided tour of the new facility.