Wolfgang Peukert was awarded the Hans Rumpf Medal

Wolfgang Peukert was awarded the Hans Rumpf Medal by ProcessNet - an initiative of DECHEMA and VDI-GVC - for his groundbreaking work in the field of particle technology. Based upon his work, mechanical process engineering moved from just fundamental exploration and research of individual processes towards a more comprehensive consideration of process-structure property relations and thus advanced the development and design of products.

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Presentation of the Klaus Schönert Prize to Michael Walter

Mr. Michael Walter, M.Sc., received the Klaus Schönert Prize 2018 for his master's thesis "Simulation-supported and experimental determination of the fracture rate of a-Al2O3 in counter-jet mills." The award was presented at the annual meeting of the ProcessNet section "Grinding and Classifying" on 13th March 2018. The Klaus Schönert Prize, endowed with € 1000, is awarded to students who have performed excellently as part of their master's or diploma theses in the field of comminution and classifying technology.

Mr. Walter completed his work under the supervision of Mr. Benedikt Köninger and the management of Prof. Dr.-Ing. Karl-Ernst Wirth at the Institute of Particle Technology (LFG). He was able to make an important contribution to the loading and crushing mechanisms in counter-jet mills using numerical methods as well as noninvasive measuring methods (X-ray computer tomography).

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Fluidized bed and process technology: A life’s work

After more than 30 years of active research and dedicated teaching, Prof. Dr.-Ing. habil. Karl-Ernst Wirth was seen off in his well-earned retirement.

Karl-Ernst Wirth, born in 1951, studied chemical engineering at the University of Karlsruhe and was awarded a doctoral degree in 1980 from the University Erlangen-Nürnberg. There, he was initially employed as a research associate until he finished his habilitation in 1989. Then he started working as a chief engineer at the Chair of Mechanical Process Engineering at the University Erlangen-Nürnberg. In 1991, he accepted a professorship as a university professor at the Chair of Mechanical Process Engineering. Through his work in the field of solid processing technology, he has been able to achieve breakthrough results in the field of fluidized bed technology and pneumatic conveying. In 2014, he was awarded and honored with the Hans Rumpf Medal.

The Institute of Particle Technology would like to thank Karl-Ernst Wirth for more than 3 decades of passionate teaching and research and wishes him good luck for his future endeavors.

Chinese Government Award for Outstanding Students Abroad for Mr. Wei Lin

The ceremony was in Chinese embassy in Berlin on 13th May 2017. The seventh person from left is the ambassador of China, the first person from right is Mr. Wei Lin.

Mr. Wei Lin has been granted the “the 2016 Chinese Government Award for Outstanding Students Abroad”. This award, starting in 2003, was founded by the Chinese government with the purpose of rewarding the academic excellence of Chinese students studying overseas. Only those with outstanding performance in their PhD studies will be considered by the award selection panel and no more than 500 young talents will be granted the award each year all over the world. Currently there are 34 winners in Germany.

LFG Guest lecture Prof. Mahesh S Tirumkudulu
21. Februar 2017, 11:00 - 21. Februar 2017, 12:00

Prof. Mahesh S Tirumkudulu, Chemical Engineering, IIT Bombay, India.
Prof. Tirumkudulu is mainly working on film formation mechanisms, especially in terms of cracking. Furthermore his research activities comprise multiphase flow and microfluidics. At the moment he is on a sabbatical in Cambridge, UK.
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NITech - LFG joint workshop on carbon allotropes
Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Venue: seminar room 0.332, Institute of Particle Technology (LFG), Cauerstr. 4, 91058 Erlangen

10:00 – 10: 30 Yosuke Ishii, Low temperature structural changes accompanied with charge-transfer reaction of polyiodide ions encapsulated in single-walled carbon nanotubes

10:30 – 11: 00 Thomas Nacken, Top-down graphene production and quantitative analyses of graphene oxide

11:00 – 11: 20 Keisuke Kurimoto, Electrochemical properties of functional molecules encapsulated single-walled carbon nanotube

Low temperature structural changes accompanied with charge-transfer reaction of polyiodide ions encapsulated in single-walled carbon nanotubes
Yosuke Ishii*, and Shinji Kawasaki


Young Scientist Award 2016 für Dipl.-Ing. Johannes Walter

On this year’s International Workshop Dispersion Analysis and Materials Testing in Berlin Dipl.-Ing. Johannes Walter was awarded with the Young Scientist Award (YSA) 2016 for his work on Analytical Ultracentrifugation (AUC) and Analytical Centrifugation (AC). This year’s YSA was endowed with 750 € and is traditionally awarded by LUM for outstanding scientific results in particle and dispersion analysis and materials testing.

In his laudation Jury president Prof. Lerche highlighted the extraordinary importance of this work for the investigation of nanoparticles by analytical centrifugation (AC), technically realized in the LUMiSizer. It is shown that the majority of methods developed for AUC can be transferred to AC, which is much easier in experimental handling and also more economic. These developments will make the multidimensional nanoparticle characterization available as a new application area to a significantly higher number of users.

Visibility in endoscopy by a new coating technique

Prof. Nicolas Vogel (Source: Georg Pöhlein) and the research group of Prof. Dr. Joanna Aizenberg in Harvard were inspired by the tropical pitcher plant to develop a new coating technique for surfaces with very efficient self-cleaning capabilities. In a new study the coating was applied on endoscope lenses and enabled the coating to repel lungs secretion and blood, resulting in a retained field of vision for the surgeon operating the endoscope. This improvement in medical technology may thus lead to more efficient and safer endoscopy procedures.

Further information:
Joanna Aizenberg, Nicolas Vogel et al.: „Transparent Antifouling Material for Improved Operative Field Visibility in Endoscopy“

Video: Functional Particle Systems

Fundamental research is explained in an illustrative and demonstrative way by using a mix of cartoon style animated graphics, interviews with scientists and the visualization of their laboratory work.

The aim of the Interdisciplinary Center for Functional Particle Systems (FPS) is to develop innovative methods and processes to generate, formulate and apply particles (building blocks) with tailored sizes, shapes and structures as well as customized surface properties. The efficient development of advanced multifunctional products can only be realized by interdisciplinary collaboration. Based on the broad field of particle technology, FPS brings together chemical engineering, materials science, chemistry, physics and medicine expertise to focus on eight specialized interdisciplinary topics: (1) Particle formation, (2) Interactions, (3) Structure formation, (4) Characterization, (5) Processing, (6) Applications, (7) Life sciences and toxicology and (8) Modeling.

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Johannes-Möller-Prize 2016 for Dr.-Ing. Christina Blümel

Dr.-Ing. Christina Blümel was awarded with the Johannes-Möller-Prize 2016 for her outstanding research activities in the field of the production of tailor-made composite particles by dry coating with nanoparticles.

Dr. Martin Schilling (BASF SE), Prof. Dr.-Ing. habil. Stefan Heinrich (TU Hamburg), Maike Toivonen (chairman of the board of the Möller-Foundation), Dr.-Ing. Hermann Möller (Prize founder), Dr.-Ing. Christina Blümel, Prof. Dr.-Ing. habil. Karl-Ernst Wirth (University Erlangen-Nürnberg) [Copyright: Ingrid Engelhardt / Möller Stiftung für Wissenschaft und Forschung]


Friedrich-Löffler-Prize 2016 awarded to Dr.-Ing. Doris Segets

Dr.-Ing. Doris Segets was awarded the Friedrich-Löffler-Prize, valued at € 3,000, for her outstanding research activities in the fields of liquid phase synthesis and nanoparticle processing. In addition, the jury recognised her commitment to teaching, voluntary committee work as the women's representative from the FAU Faculty of Engineering, as well as her organisational skills as shown by her coordination of the interdisciplinary centre for functional particle systems (IZ FPS)


CPP Poster Prize for M. Sc. Saskia Streubel - DPG-Conference 2016 (Regensburg)

At the DPG Conference 2016 in Regensburg one of three poster prizes of the Chemical Physics & Polymer Physics (CPP) Division was awarded to Saskia Streubel. The prize in the amount of 250 € was endowed by Asylum Research (Oxfort Instruments). The title of the poster was: “Molecular Structure of Photo-Switchable Azo Dye/Surfactant Mixtures at Air-Water Interfaces”.

19.04.2016 - 21.04.2016

POWTECH 2016 – Gemeinschaftsstand
Exhibition Center Nuremberg, hall 3, stand 3-406

This year we will present our research results about particle technology at the POWTECH exposition. POWTECH takes place every 18 months at the Exhibition Center in Nuremberg and is the leading international trade fair for experts in powder and bulk solids technology. We will present our research at stand number 3-406 in hall 3 together with the Cluster of Excellence “Engineering of Advanced Materials” (EAM), the Collaborative Research Center 814 “Additive Manufacturing” and the Institute of Engineering Thermodynamics (LTT). We will give further presentations at the International Congress on Particle Technology (Partec), which takes place simultaneously. Please visit our booths!

Powtech - Partec - EAM - SFB 814 - LTT


Poster award for Sebastian Süß

Sebastian Süß, member of the research group of Prof. Peukert and Dr. Segets won the poster award at the annual meeting of the ProcessNet groups: mechanical liquid separation and membrane science. He presented his research on the classification of nanoparticles.

Winner of the poster award 2016: Sebastian Süß (third from the left).

9th July 2015

“SAOT Student Award” for Christian Sauerbeck

Six „SAOT Student Awards“ were presented to the SAOT doctoral candidates with publications in high-ranked international periodicals listed in the Science Citation Index in the ISI Web of Science. One prize valued at € 1.000 was awarded in each six research areas: Christian Sauerbeck was successful in the topic “Optical Metrology” for his publication „Shedding light on the growth of gold nanoshells“ [SAOT].

Caption: Prof. Dr.-Ing. Stefan Will (left) and Dipl.-Ing. Christian Sauerbeck

Copyright: SAOT


EAM Starting Grant for Dr.-Ing. Doris Segets

The winner of EAM Starting Grants 2015: Dr. Patrick Müller, Dr. Doris Segets und Dr. Jakob Albert

Dr. Segets was one of the successful applicants for a Starting Grant of the Cluster of Excellence Engineering of Advanced Materials (EAM). EAM starting grants are endowed with 100 k€ and are given to high potential young researchers of EAM. EAM Grants aim to encourage awardees to use the grant as seed funds for the preparation of new proposals.

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"Alexander von Humboldt" Fellowship for Dr. Thaseem Thajudeen

Nanoparticles, with characteristic sizes below 100 nm, are widely used in many applications due to their excellent product properties. The final properties are often dependent on the shape of the particles as well. While there are excellent theories and techniques available to characterize spherical nanoparticles dispersed in liquid and gas phases, further understanding is required for characterizing non-spherical nanoparticles. With this objective, Dr. Thajudeen aims to extend the capabilities of current characterizing techniques to measure the sizes and properties of non-spherical particles, specifically focusing on nanorods and fractal aggregates. He joined the institute of particle technology in January, 2014 after completing his Ph D under the guidance of Prof. Christopher J Hogan from the University of Minnesota,USA in December 2013. The fellowship period is from March, 2015 to August, 2016..

09. Dezember 2014

ERC Starting Grant for Dr. Björn Braunschweig

Dr. Björn Braunschweig was awarded one of the highly prestigious Starting Grants of the European Research Council (ERC) and was able to be successful in one of the most challenging competitions to receive European funding. The funding of the ERC Starting Grants of around EUR 1.5 million will be awarded only to the most promising young scientists annually. These get the chance to develop independent working groups and to promote research projects with high innovation potential. In the research project "Structure-Property Relations in Aqueous Foam and Their Control on a Molecular Level (SUPERFOAM)", the fundamentals of foams are explored in a highly interdisciplinary approach which combines basic research in physics and chemistry with process engineering. Over the next 5 years the project can reveal foam properties along the process chain from molecular building blocks to foam formation. The findings - according to the vision - can be specifically used to control and to improve foam properties in a targeted way.

Further information is to be found here.

Dr. Björn Braunschweig; Junior Research Group Interface Spectroscopy with Nonlinear Optics. (Source: Erich Malter)

01. Dezember 2014

New professor at MVT

Prof. Dr. Nicolas Vogel (Right) at the contract signing with FAU president Prof. Dr. rer. pol. Karl-Dieter Grüske (left).

Since 01.12.2014 Prof. Dr. Nicolas Vogel is a new professor for particle synthesis at the Institute of Particle Technology (LFG). Prof. Vogel studied chemistry at the Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz. For his PhD, which he obtained in 2011, he joined the group of Prof. Katharina Landfester at the Max Plank Institute for Polymer Research. He then joined the group of Prof. Joanna Aizenberg at Harvard University as a postdoctoral fellow working on functional materials via colloidal self-assembly processes. His position at LFG was previously held by Prof. Dr. Diwald who has accepted an appointment to the University of Salzburg.

30. September 2014

Award of Hans-Rumpf-Medal to Prof. Wirth

Prof. Dr.-Ing. habil. Karl-Ernst Wirth, Institute of Particle Technology (LFG), FAU (left) and Prof. Dr.-Ing. Martin Strohmann, Chairman of ProcessNet. Image source: DECHEMA e.V./ Eventbild-Service/ Mika Volkmann.

More information can be found here .

11. Oktober 2012

Inauguration of the Interdisciplinary Center for Functional Particle Systems (FPS)

Inauguration of the new EAM building at the Faculty of Engineering: The mayor of Erlangen Siegfried Balleis, Bavarian Minister of Science Wolfgang Heubisch, Bavarian Minister of the Interior Joachim Hermann, Vice-President of FAU Joachim Hornegger and the Professors Wolfgang Peukert und Peter Wasserscheid. Picture: FAU

More information can be found here.

Ernst-Solvay-Grand for Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Peukert

Professor Dr.-Ing. Wolfgang Peukert, Institute of Particle Technology (LFG), FAU (left) and Dr. Andreas Meier, chairman of managing directors of Solvay GmbH (right). Image source: Solvay GmbH. Source: Solvay GmbH

More information can be found here.

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