Institute of Particle Technology
The Institute of Mechanical Process Engineering at the Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nuremberg was founded in 1968. When Prof. W. Peukert became the Head of the Institute in 2003, it was renamed to “Lehrstuhl für Feststoff- und Grenzflächenverfahrenstechnik”, a name that reflects the importance of the properties of particle surfaces and interfaces for many areas in science and technology.
Starting from a molecular understanding of particle surfaces and interfaces, methods of particle production and processing are examined in hierarchically structured approaches. The experimental work is supported by theoretical approaches and models. Molecular modelling (DFT, MD) as well as continuum approaches (FEM, CFD) and particle-based methods (population balances) are employed. The institute has numerous contacts to other research groups and companies worldwide.