FAU researchers develop new electrode
How to make organic solar cells light-transmissive without using the expensive raw material indium? This is the question researchers from Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU) have asked, and they found their answer in fine silver nanowires. They replaced the indium tin oxide (ITO) electrodes used so far with silver nanowires, which are less expensive both in terms of raw material and processing. The online version of the journal Advanced Energy Materials1 recently published the researchers’ findings.
FAU researchers will excavate a site at Ak-Kaya. (Image: FAU)
FAU researchers look for answers on the extinction of the pre-human
Approximately 250,000 years ago, the Neanderthals ruled Europe, but 40,000 years ago is when their trail goes cold for us. Some experts claims that particularly cool periods during the last Ice Age caused their extinction where others suggest that the migration of the Homo sapiens into Europe forced our relatives away. Remains found on the Crimean Peninsula on the coast of the Black Sea contradict these theses, as several factors indicate that Neanderthals and modern humans co-existed for a long time. A team from Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU) is following the trail of the pre-humans on the coast of the Black Sea and conducting field research to fill in gaps in our knowledge of the last Neanderthals.
FAU researchers find cause and possible treatment method for particularly aggressive leukaemia in children
Cancers in children are always dramatic – especially when the tumours are particularly hard to treat. Researchers at Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU) have now found a possible key to treating a very aggressive type of leukaemia known as MLL leukaemia. The researchers led by Prof. Dr. Robert Slany of the Department of Genetics have been able to show why the blood cells affected by the leukaemia grow uninhibited.
Prof. Dr. Oskar Painter (Image: FAU)
Quantum physicist Prof. Dr. Oskar Painter receives up to 5 million euros in research funding
Today the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation confers Germany’s highest-endowed international research award, the Alexander von Humboldt Professorship 2013. Among the recipients: FAU’s nominee Prof. Dr. Oskar Painter. This marks the third time in a row that FAU’s nominee has been chosen. This award, endowed with funds up to five million euros, will allow Painter to continue his scientific work at FAU and at the Erlangen Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light.
FAU is in the CHE ranking’s top group
Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg’s subjects Mechanical Engineering and Education Science are in the top group of the Centre for Higher Education’s (CHE) university ranking. This year the CHE examined the subjects engineering, linguistics, education science and psychology.