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Merge Technologies for Multifunctional Lightweight Structures (MERGE)
(CEO: Prof. Lothar Kroll, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Technische Universit├Ąt Chemnitz)

  • One of the winners of the second programme phase of the Federal Initiative for Excellence (additional funding for excellent research clusters, graduate schools and future-oriented university concepts of more than 2.7 billion Euro in total until 2017)
  • Vision: Merge of large scale basic technologies for the resource-efficient production of lightweight structures with high performance and functional density
  • In addition to outstanding research and close networking with industry also strong emphasis on the promotion of excellent young scientists from all over the world
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Centre for Advancing Electronics Dresden (cfaed)

Energy-efficient Product and Process Innovations in Production Engineering (eniPROD) (concluded)

  • One of the winners of the excellence initiative of the land Saxony 2007/2008 (funded by 35 million Euro until 2013)
  • Vision: energy-autonomous, emission-free production
  • 16 subprojects along 5 fields of activity
    • Product Development
    • Production Systems
    • Process Chains
    • Materials and Structures
    • Logistics and Factory Planning
  • 75 researchers including 10 international young researchers in CIRP-group of Young Researchers
  • Cooperation partners i.a. Fraunhofer Institute for Machine Tools and Forming Technology Chemnitz as well as Volkswagen Sachsen GmbH
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Nano system integration network of excellence (nanett) (concluded)

  • Funded by up to 14 million Euro by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research until 2014
  • Technische Universität Chemnitz and Fraunhofer Institute for Electronic Nano Systems ENAS Chemnitz lead institutions of a network including 3 Fraunhofer-Institutes, 3 institutes of Leibniz Association and 1 institute of Helmholtz Association
  • Vision: Development of new energy-efficient sensor systems (integration of nanostructures and functional materials in system components)
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