Author: Michael Engel

Quasicrystals in Scotland

Michael Engel presented the opening lecture at the ICMS conference “Quasicrystals: pattern formation and aperiodic order” in Edinburgh. This conference brought together four different research communities to advance the understanding of quasicrystals (QCs) and aperiodic order: (i) QCs in materials

Apply now: Ferienakademie 2018

Nils Thuerey, Miriam Mehl and Michael Engel are offering again this fall a student course at Ferienakademie in the Italian Alps. The topic is Accelerating Physics Simulations with Deep Learning. The course is open to students at FAU Erlangen, TU Munich

Welcome Praveen

Praveen Bommineni joined the group as a postdoctoral researcher. He will be working on simulations to resolve structure formation processes in mesoscale systems. Welcome!


Marco Klement represented the group at the annual meeting of the German Physical Society (DPG) held this year in Berlin. He presented about “Efficient Simulation of Anisotropic Particles”. The 2018 meeting was the largest physics meeting ever to be organized

Dancing robots

A publication with experiments by Christian Scholz, then a postdoc at MSS and now at Universität Düsseldorf, appeared in Nature Communications: “Biological organisms and artificial active particles self-organize into swarms and patterns. Open questions concern the design of emergent phenomena

Science on Chiemsee

Michael Engel provided an overview talk about the theory and simulation of quasicrystals at the workshop of the Collaborative Research Centre SFB 762: Functionality of Oxide Interfaces at Benedictine Abbey of Frauenwörth. The Benedictine abbey of Frauenwörth was founded by

Fall conference participation

Alberto Leonardi, Chrameh Mbah and Michael Engel present their recent research results at two conferences. The International Congress Engineering of Advanced Materials (ICEAM) held 10-12 Oct 2017 was the concluding event of the EAM Excellence Cluster and gathers national and

Group excursion

Some pictures from this year’s group hike and visit to the beer cellar near Weilersbach on the border of the Franconian Switzerland near Erlangen.

USA travel 2017

This year Michael Engel traveled again to the USA with stops at the University of Michigan and Indiana University. Also, part of the stay was the observation of the total solar eclipse in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

New paper: “Band gap formation and Anderson localization”

A research collaboration with Uni Fribourg (Switzerland) lead to a joint publication in PNAS: “It has been shown recently that disordered dielectrics can support a photonic band gap in the presence of structural correlations. This finding is surprising, because light