The Joint Institute of Advanced Materials and Processes (ZMP) of the University Erlangen-Nürnberg is an interdisciplinary research facility, founded in 2006 with the objective to support multidisciplinary research in the field of materials science, mechanical engineering, chemistry and physics. The focus of research activities is on the development of novel materials concepts and respective manufacturing methods. Main goal is the transfer and development of basic research ideas, which evolve from the institutes involved in ZMP, from the lab to the prototype stadium. The considered range of materials includes light metals, high temperature alloys, ceramics and carbon. Typical process routes include different additive manufacturing processes, rapid prototyping technologies or powder injection molding. These technologies are accompanied by modern methods for microstructural characterization and component analysis.
Currently, the research at ZMP can be divided into seven research groups: Metal Powder Injection Moulding (Prof. Singer), Electronbeam-based Additive Manufacturing (Prof. Körner, Dr. Lodes), Functional Carbon Allotropes (Prof. Hirsch, Dr. Hauke), Rapid Prototyping of Ceramics (Prof. Greil, Dr. Travitzky), Non-Destructive Testing of Materials and Devices (Prof. Göken, Dr. Höppel), Laser-based Additive Manufacturing (Prof. Schmidt, Hr. Karg), Diamond Coatings (Prof. Singer, Dr. Rosiwal). Additionally, the Technology Transfer Center VerTec addresses novel materials and production processes of components applied in process engineering (Prof. Singer, Prof. Körner, Prof. Wasserscheid). Due to the interdisciplinary focus of the respective research groups at ZMP, manifold scientific advances were achieved.