The Institute came into being in 2012 through the creation of a new Chair for Materials Simulation at the Department of Materials Science of Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nuremberg. Materials Simulation, which is the eighth chair in materials at FAU (WW8) is also the first to be located in the town of Fürth. The Chair offers courses in Materials Simulation at undergraduate and graduate levels for students of the Materials Science, Nanotechnology, and Computational Engineering degree programmes as well as for the Elite Master degree programme "Advanced Materials and Processes".

Research at WW8 focuses on modelling and simulation of mechanical and transport properties of a broad range of materials - from nanocomposites, micro-and nanowires to biomaterials and hazards related to materials failure in geosystems. Our modelling and simulation approaches are strongly influenced by concepts and ideas deriving from statistical physics/complex systems theory which help us to deal with the properties of real materials where structural disorder, defects and randomness are always present -- and may give rise to a rich variety of emergent phenomena. We ask how to explain and predict such phenomena, and how to exploit them for improving robustness and performance of materials, and for designing and fabricating materials with novel functionalities.


News and Highlights

January 2017: Prof. Dr. Michael Zaiser has been appointed Distinguished Overseas Visiting Professor at Southwest Jiaotong University, Chengdu, P.R. China, under the high-end foreign experts programme of the Chinese government.

November 2016: Joint research paper with University of Edinburgh: Propagating compaction bands in confined compression of snow published in Nature Physics. Undergraduate student Gerhard Weinländer co-author.

September 2015: Paper Pattern formation in a minimal model of continuum dislocation plasticity elected as cover article in Modelling and Simulation in Materials Science and Engineering.

03.07.2015: Dominik Steinberger wins the VDI-Förderpreis for his master thesis: Dynamic Dislocation Patterning-Modelling, Parameterization and Analysis.

June 2015: Two papers of WW8 members have been chosen as highlight papers of the year 2014 in Modelling and Simulation in Materials Science and Engineering.