Researchers of the Department of Chemistry and Pharmacy take part in the following research centers at FAU:

Computer Chemistry Center (CCC)


The Computer-Chemie-Centrum (CCC) was founded in 1993 as a central facility of the Faculty of Natural Sciences II (Chemistry, Pharmacy and Biology) and was later integrated into the Department of Chemistry and Pharmacy. CCC houses the research groups of Profs. Tim Clark, Bernd Meyer and Dirk Zahn with a total of approximately 50 researchers.

The research topics treated in CCC range from protein and DNA simulations and computational drug design to simulation and design of new materials. Together, the three groups in CCC use a spectrum of calculational techniques from classical molecular dynamics and semiempirical molecular orbital theory to density-functional theory and high-level ab initio calculations. Groups from CCC are involved in Sonderforschungsbereich 953 “Synthetic Carbon Allotropes”, in the Interdisciplinary Center for Molecular Materials (ICMM) and in the Excellence Cluster Engineering of Advanced Materials (EAM). CCC offers teaching in molecular modeling, materials simulation and computational drug design.

Prof. Dr. Petra Imhof
Prof. Dr. Bernd Meyer
Prof. Dr. Dirk Zahn
PD Dr. Harald Lanig
Dr. rer. nat. habil. Tatyana Shubina
Prof. Dr. Tim Clark

Emil Fischer Centrum (EFC)


The Emil Fischer Center of the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg is made up of working groups from pharmaceutical sciences, food chemistry and molecular medicine.

The intention of the Emil Fischer Center is to focus, to crosslink and to force the scientific work on agents, targets and analytics. The main topics are the identification and modeling of target proteins, ligand-protein interactions and signaling through targetproteins.

Furthermore, the Emil Fischer Center coordinates the interdisciplinary education of students and the training of postgraduates within the fields of pharmacy, food chemistry and molecular medicine.


Prof. Dr. Peter Gmeiner
Prof. Dr. Jutta Eichler
Prof. Dr. Markus Heinrich
Prof. Dr. Monika Pischetsrieder

Erlangen Center for Interface Research and Catalysis (ECRC)


The Erlangen Center for Interface Research and Catalysis (formerly known as Erlangen Catalysis Resource Center) is an interdisciplinary center at FAU which brings together research groups from the Department of Chemistry and Pharmacy and the Department of Chemical and Bioengineering.

The ECRC aims to strengthen research on catalysis and interfaces in all its facets from basic research to process development.

Speaker: Prof. Dr. Martin Hartmann, Prof. Dr. Jörg Libuda

Prof. Dr. Peter Wasserscheid
Prof. Dr. Erdmann Spiecker
Prof. Dr. Sabine Maier
Prof. Dr. Karsten Meyer
PD Dr. Christian Papp
Dr. Alexandra Inayat

Interdisciplinary Center for Interface-Controlled Processes (ICICP)

logo-icicpThe Interdisciplinary center for “Interface-controlled processes” at the University of Erlangen is a joint collaboration of research groups from physics, chemistry and material science, who focus on fundamental material properties, which can be manipulated via the interface between different materials.

The Center focuses on three main topics:
1. Preparation of interface-modified geometric structures (concerns mainly structural properties)
2. Structure-property relationship in interface-modified structures and applications (electronic, optical properties, theoretical descrtptions)
3. Interfaces of particulate systems and interface-stabilized nanoparticles


Prof. Dr. Jörg Libuda
Prof. Dr. Alexander Schneider
Prof. Dr. Patrik Schmuki

Interdisciplinary Center for Molecular Materials (ICMM)

logo-icmmThe 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, 14 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.


Managing director: apl. Prof. Dr. Norbert Jux

Prof. Dr. Andreas Hirsch
Prof. Dr. Hans-Peter Steinrück
Prof. Dr. Heiko Weber
Prof. Dr. Bernd Meyer
Prof. Dr. Franziska Gröhn
Prof. Dr. Michael Thoss

Joint institute of Advanced Materials and Processes (ZMP)

logo-zmpThe 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. In a young an highly innovative environment, new material concepts and the corresponding production techniques concerning lightweight constructional components are developed. The advancement of ideas being formed in fundamental research to the state of prototyping forms the basic goal.


Managing director: Dr. Frank Hauke

Prof. Dr. Robert F. Singer
Prof. Dr. Mathias Göken
Prof. Dr. Peter Greil
Prof. Dr. Andreas Hirsch
Prof. Dr. Michael Schmidt

Central Institute for Scientific Computing (ZISC)

logo-ziscManaging director: PD Dr. Harald Lanig

Prof. Dr. Ulrich Rüde
apl. Prof. Dr. Tim Clark
Prof. Dr. Andreas Görling
Prof. Dr. Günter Leugering
Prof. Dr. Peter Knabner
Prof. Dr. Klaus Mecke
Prof. Dr. Gerhard Wellein
Prof. Dr.-Ing. habil. Antonio Delgado