Associated Reserach Units
The Hirsch Group is contributing to regional and international research contacts and cooperations.
Institute of Advanced Materials and Processes (ZMP)
The research of the Institute of Advanced Materials and Processes (Zentralinstitut für Neue Materialien und Prozesstechnik, ZMP) of the University Erlangen-Nuremberg is focused on interdisciplinary topics being located inbetween Material Sciences, Mechanical Engineering, Chemistry and Physics. The advancement of ideas being formed in fundamental research to the state of prototyping forms the basic goal.
Graduate School Molecular Science (GSMS)
The Graduate School was founded as a public-law institution of the University of Erlangen-Nürnberg in 2008. The GSMS is part of the Excellence Initiative "Bayern exzellent" of thethree departments within the School of Natural Sciences and the School of Engineering: the Department of Chemistry and Pharmacy, the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering and the Department of Materials Science and Engineering.
Collaborative Research Centre SFB 953: "Synthetic Carbon Allotropes"
Synthetic carbon allotropes such as fullerenes, carbon nanotubes and graphene currently represent one of the most promising materials families with enormous potential for high-performance applications in the fields of nanoelectronics, optoelectonics, hydrogen storage, sensors and reinforcements of polymers based on their unprecedented electronic, optical, mechanical and chemical properties. At the same time they are ideal targets for investigating fundamental chemical and physical questions such as shape- and charge-dependent binding and release of molecules, charge transport in confined spaces and superior sensing of supramolecular interactions.
Interdisciplinary Center for Molecular Materials (ICMM)
The Interdisciplinary Center for Molecular Materials (ICMM), established in 2007, is a platform for interdisciplinary research projects in the fields of Molecular Materials and Nanotechnology. Currently, 20 groups from the Chemistry and Physics Departments are involved in the ICMM. The participating scientists possess very strong research expertise in molecular electronics, functional carbon-rich molecular architectures, redox-active metal complexes, light-energy conversion, electron transfer in molecular and supramolecular materials, molecular magnetism, molecules on surfaces, inorganic nanostructures and biomimetic materials.
SolTech - Solar Technologies go Hybrid
SolTech is a 50 million euro interdisciplinary project initiated by the Free State of Bavaria to explore innovative concepts for converting solar energy into electricity and non-fossil fuels. Research by chemists and physicists at five different Bavarian Universities will be funded.
The Erlangen Key Lab “Kohlenstoffreiche Hybride” (carbon-rich hybrids) at the FAU will combine the cutting-edge fundamental research on photoactive materials of the Interdisciplinary Center for Molecular Materials (ICMM) and the Cluster of Excellence Engineering of Advanced Materials (EAM). Prof. Dirk M. Guldi, Chair for Physical Chemistry I, and Prof. Tim Clark, Computer-Chemie-Centrum (CCC), who are both EAM members, have been appointed Key Lab Coordinators.