Design, processing, characterisation and simulation
of advanced materials
Competitiveness through advanced knowledge
Novel materials for future applications
Your partner to develop innovative, high value materials
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The Centre

The IMDEA Materials Institute is part of the Madrid Institute for Advanced Studies (IMDEA) network, an institutional framework created to foster social and economic sustainable growth in the region of Madrid by promoting the generation of scientific knowledge and technological innovation in a number of strategic areas (water, food, energy, materials, nanoscience, networks and software). 

We are a non-profit organisation (foundation) with the Mission of doing research of excellence in material science, contributing to tackle the challenges of society and fostering the sustainable development of the region of Madrid. 

Our Vision for the future is that IMDEA Materials becomes a leading research institute, internationally recognized for its excellence in material science and its contributions to the transformation of society.

This is sustained on our three main pillars:

excellence in materials science and engineering research

attraction of talented researchers from all over the world to work in Madrid in an international and interdisciplinary environment

technology transfer to industry to increase competitiveness and maintain technological leadership

As a result, in 2019 IMDEA Materials was recognised as María de Maetzu Unit of Excellence by the Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation:


The IMDEA Materials Institute has an stablished international reputation in the areas of design, processing, characterization, modelling and simulation of advanced materials for applications in different industrial sectors with particular emphasis in transport and energy.

Through our Research Programmes we combine oriented fundamental research with applied research addressing the scientific and technological challenges that drive innovation in materials science and engineering. This combination provides the institute the ability to address ambitious technological challenges in collaboration with companies to create value in their products and processes.


In Figures

researchers from 26 countries
% foreign nationals researchers
direct r&d contracts with companies
EU-ERC grants
Participation in EU projects (15 as coordinator)
Articles in 2023 (scopus)
citations in 2023 (scopus)
Marie Skłodowska-Curie post-doctoral fellows
active PhD theses

Scientific infrastructure

IMDEA Materials Institute has state-of-the-art laboratories to manufacture, characterise and simulate advanced materials and nanomaterials, including their integration in lab scale prototypes and devices.

tech transfer

We are constantly developing new technologies and inventions based on the results of our R&D projects

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Always looking for young talent to help us shape a better future

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