The Elite Master's Programme in Advanced Materials and Processes is a joint venture which was established by two academic departments of the Friedrich-Alexander-University of Erlangen-Nuremberg. The creation of MAP in 2005 reflected the substational growing research collaborations between the two departments. Here you can read about the host departments.

Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering (Department Chemie- und Bioingenieuerwesen, CBI)

The Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering (CBI) emerged from the Institute of Technical Chemistry, which was founded in 1965; by 2010, it will have grown into a department of ten subject chairs. Alongside the established research fields of technical chemistry and thermofluid dynamics, additional research areas such as biotechnology, particle technology, energy technology and systems engineering will be strengthened through the establishment of three new chairs.

In recognition of the increasing importance of modelling in process engineering, a Chair of Multiscale Simulation was established in 2009. With the foundation of the Chair of Medical Biotechnology, the process-technology-based Life Science Engineering has been given a clear medical and human biotechnological direction within the CBI Department. A new Chair of Energy Process Engineering will focus its attention on optimising the process engineering of energy chains by means of simulation and experiment.

The Department has gained an outstanding reputation in industry and research, as demonstrated by an increasing amount of third-party funding (over €12 million in 2008), a figure well above average. In terms of publications, it also ranks very highly.

Department of Materials Science and Engineering (Department Werkstoffwissenschaften, WW)

The Department of Materials Science and Engineering (WW) in Erlangen currently has eight chairs and 16 professorships and is thus the largest materials science department in a German university. Approximately one third of all materials scientists educated in Germany over the past decades gained their qualification from the University of Erlangen. The specialist department offers students the opportunity to study and conduct research into all types of materials, with equal attention given to traditional construction materials as well as modern functional materials, covering both the natural sciences and the engineering aspects of the broad field of Materials Sciences and Engineering.

Exceptional opportunities for technology transfer as well as for interdisciplinary research activities into the application of materials are further provided by collaborative partnerships with Neue Materialien Fürth GmbH and the Central Institute of Advanced Materials and Processes in Fürth. The particular strength of the Erlangen Department of Materials Sciences was highlighted in the successful 2007 bid for an Erlangen Cluster of Excellence in "Engineering of Advanced Materials’", an award approved by the German Research Foundation (DFG) and the National Science Council. All seven chairs in Materials Science and Engineering are involved in this initiative in varying forms, and a new Centre for Nanoanalytics and Electron Microscopy (CENEM) will be developed as part of this project. This Cluster of Excellence is the only material sciences cluster in Germany that is currently receiving national funding.