Seminar of Prof. Anna Serra from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia, entitle “Atomistic description of grain boundary dislocations and related processes” – At 12:30 pm, in the Seminar Room

Abstract: Grain boundaries (GB) are generally considered as static obstacles to dislocations and sinks for point defects and their clusters. But, in fact, the processes that take place at GBs is more complex and can reveal properties directly related to plasticity phenomena that go beyond the

Seminar of Prof. Eric Charkaluk (Directeur de Recherche CNRS – Laboratoire de Mécanique des Solides & Associate Professor at Ecole Polytechnique in France), entitle “Thermoplasticity through the scales” – At 12:00 pm, in the Seminar Room  

ABSTRACT The Thermodynamics of Irreversible Processes (TPI) applied to the mechanics of materials boomed significantly in France in the 60s and 70s, under the impulse of Paul Germain. The formalization of the Generalized Standard Materials, proposed in 1975 by Bernard Halphen and Quoc-Son Nguyen,

Collaboration agreement with Waseda University

Our Institute has just signed a reseach collaboration agreement with Waseda University related to new material development for energy production and storage. This agreement will allow exchange of research staff between both institutions.

Seminar of Amaia Cipitria from Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces in Potsdam (Germany), entitle “Biomaterial physical properties in tissue regeneration” – At 12:00 pm, in the Seminar Room

Abstract: Cells respond not only to biochemical but also to physical cues, such as stiffness, geometry and matrix degradability. In-vitro studies showed that hydrogel elasticity or degradation properties alone can direct cell differentiation, while scaffold geometry can control tissue growth rate.

Seminar of Juan Pablo Fuenzalida from the University of Münster (Germany), entitle “Protein-based acoustic and photon spectroscopy: Applications from biomaterials to protein design” – At 12:00 pm, in the Seminar Room

Abstract: Evolution has provided us with the most abundant and versatile source of materials. In my talk, I will show how proteins can be used as labels and as building blocks. We will explore how an enzyme can be mutated and genetically conjugated to provide a tool for nanoparticle tracking and

PhD Defense of Marta Cartón entitle “Development and optimization of the properties of gamma/gamma´ co-based superalloys for high temperature applications”, under the supervision of Prof. José Manuel Torralba Castello and Prof. Mónica Campos Gomez.

The PhD Defense will take place,  at 11:30, on next Thursday 21st of February, in Carlos III University (Leganes) in the classroom 7.01.H01. The dissertation is entitled “Development and optimization of the properties of gamma/gamma´ co-based superalloys for high temperature applications". Here is

Women who design the future

In this opinion article in "El País" journal, our researcher Andrea García-Junceda claims the role of women in research centers, Universities and laboratories around the world. In order to achieve full and equal access to and participation in science for women and girls, and further achieve gender

Seminar of Joshua Kiefer from Delft University of Technology, in Holand, entitle “An example case for Machine-Learning in Materials Science: A neural networks based framework for ‘smart’ computational micromechanics of composites” – At 2:30 pm, in the Seminar Room

Abstract: We shall present a ‘smart’ framework, developed to create surrogate models of complex phenomena in an automated way, based on a minimum amount of computer simulations. To do so, the framework combines Design of Experiments, Computational Modeling, and Neural Networks. While such a

Seminar of Dr. Christian Leinenbach from EMPA (Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science & Technology), in Zurich, entitle “Microstructure control during laser additive manufacturing – what possibilities do we have?” – At 15:30 pm, in the Seminar Room

Abstract: During the last couple years, laser-based additive manufacturing (AM) technologies such as laser powder bed fusion (LPBF) and directed energy deposition (DED) have evolved from a mere prototyping technology to a real production technology that allow building parts with intricate 3D

First Year Assessment of Qi Wang, entitle “Design and preparation of nanocarbon/epoxy nanocomposites with advanced flame retardancy and mechanical performance” – In the Seminar Room at 12:00 pm

Abstract: Efforts were paid to obtain nanocarbon/epoxy composites with advanced flame retardancy and mechanical performance, and try to understand the mechanisms. In the first part of the work, when 20 wt% ammonium polyphosphate (APP) in the chosen flame-retardant APP/epoxy composite was replaced

Seminar of Prof. Kostas Danas, from The Ecole Polytechnique (Paris), entitle “Microstructured Magnetorheological Elastomers and Instabilities” -At 12:00 pm in the Seminar Room

Absract: Magnetorheological elastomers (MREs) are ferromagnetic particle impregnated rubbers whose mechanical properties are altered by the application of external magnetic fields. In addition, these composite materials can deform at very large strains due to the presence of the soft polymeric

First Year Assessment of Richard Schaeufele, entitle “Synthesis and Characterisation of Inorganic Nanowires and their Assembly into Macroscopic Structures” – In the Seminar Room at 12:00 pm

Abstract: SiNWs, which are rod-like structures with diameters between 1-100nm and lengths of up to several tenths of micrometers, are an auspicious approach to enhance solar cells, thermoelectric devices and energy storage devices. Their extremely high aspect ratio (classifi ed as 1D material)

The work “Deformation Mechanism Map of Cu/Nb Nanoscale Metallic Multilayers as a Function of Temperature and Layer Thickness”, done by some of our researchers, has been elected as best paper in structural materials for year 2018 by JOM journal.

IMDEA Materials Institute has received a new award. This time, an article signed by some of its scientists has been chosen as the best published in the international JOM magazine. JOM magazine is the communication organ of the TMS, The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society, professional and

First Year Assessment of Abdumalik Yusuf, entitle “Study of the influence of phosphorus based flame retardants on the flammability, thermal and electrochemical properties of gel polymer electrolytes” – In the Seminar Room at 12:00 pm

Abstract Today, almost every portable device is powered by a lithium ion battery. Despite the wide use of lithium ion batteries, they suffer from serious safety issues. Gel polymer electrolytes (GPEs) are one of the most promising candidates to solve safety issues such as fire and liquid

New grant from the European Research Council

Ruben Costa, head of the research group on Hybrid Optoelectronic Materials and Devices, has been awarded a Consolidator grant by the European Research Council. These grants allow ambitious top scientists to establish or strengthen their teams in Europe and be truly creative in their research. Ruben

3rd edition of the IMDEA Materials´ Innovation Award

The 3rd edition of the IMDEA Materials´ Innovation Awards was held the 28th of November in the Auditorium of its facilities. Each of the 5 candidatures had the chance to give a 10 minutes presentation to explain/defend, in front of the evaluation panel and rest of  IMDEA´s employees, why their

New bioresorbable materials for implant applications

Our Institute has started a new research line on novel bioresorbable materials for implant applications (see related news in Spanish). This work will be initially supported by the BIOIMPLANT project (funded by the European Union under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions Innovative Training Networks).

The bests in China, also the bests in Spain

Dr. Xiaomin Zhao and Dr. Lingwei Yang have received the award to the best Doctoral Thesis at the Technical University of Madrid (UPM) in the academic year 2016-2017. The Doctoral Thesis of Dr. Zhao was defended in the Chemical Engineering Program and was co-supervised by Dr. D.-Y. Wang and Prof. J.

First Year Assessment of Alejandro Rodríguez, entitle “Analysis of the nucleation and growth mechanisms of fatigue cracks in Ni-based superalloys” – In the Seminar Room at 4:30 pm

Abstract: Ni-based superalloys play an extremely important role in the aerospace industry due to their outstanding strength and chemical stability at high temperature. Most demanded components employed in jet engines are manufactured with these novel materials. Several statistical studies confirm

First Year Assessment of Cristina Gutierrez, entitle “Third generation γ-TiAl alloys for greener turbines: heat treatment and microstructure characterization” – In the Seminar Room at 12:00 pm

ABSTRACT The previous design of engines used for commercial aircrafts fan and turbine were driven with same shaft; new geared engines decouple fan and the low pressure turbine increasing angular velocity, and also centrifugal forces, so a change from conventional superalloy blades to lighter ones

First Year Assessment of Carmen Fernández, entitle “Rigid fluorescent protein coatings for highly efficient and stable bio-hybrid LEDs” – In the Seminar Room at 12:00 pm

Abstract Additive manufacturing (AM) is a layer by layer process that has the potential to disrupt traditional fabrication methods. It allows fast manufacturing of three dimensional pieces from metallic powders, with great exibility of design, potential for weight reduction, fast production speed

PhD Defense of Alfonso Monreal entitle ”Energy Harvesting Materials Based on Carbon Nanotube Fibre for Tough Electronics”, under the supervision of Dr. Juan José Vilatela

The PhD Defense will take place,  at 12 noon, on next Friday (26th of October) in the “sala verde”, on the first floor, in the Escuela de Ingenieros de Caminos, UPM (ETSI Caminos, Ciudad Universitaria)  The dissertation is entitled “Energy Harvesting Materials Based on Carbon Nanotube Fibre for

Seminar of Prof. Oana Cazacu, from the University of Florida, entitle “New models for description of plastic anisotropy of single crystals and polycrystals” – At 12:00 pm in the Seminar Room

 Abstract:  It is presented a rigorous framework developed for formulation of constitutive models. Based on representation theory for tensor functions and scale-bridging theorems, this framework enables the development of constitutive models that account for the influence of crystallographic

Seminar of Prof. Jesus Barrio, from the Ben-Gurion University (Israel), entitle “Rational Design of Carbon Nitride Materials by Supramolecular Preorganization of Monomers” – At 11:00 am in the Seminar Room

Abstract Over the past few years, graphitic carbon nitride (g-CN) has attracted widespread attention due to its outstanding electronic properties, which have been exploited in various applications, including in photo- and electro-catalysis, heterogeneous catalysis, CO2 reduction, water splitting,

Seminar of Prof. Irene J. Beyerlein, from the University of California at Santa Barbara, entitle “Discrete slip crystal plasticity modeling of deformation in nanolayered materials” – At 12:30 pm in the Seminar Room

Discrete slip crystal plasticity modeling of deformation in nanolayered materials Irene J. Beyerlein1, Tianju Chen2, Rui Yuan2, Caizhi Zhou2,3 1 Mechanical Engineering Department, Materials Department, University of California at Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara 93106, USA 2 Department of Materials

Sino-Spanish Joint Research Center of Advanced Materials

On 15th September 2018, nine units from China and Spain (Beijing University of Chemical Technology, Beihang University, The Going Global Confederation of China Petroleum & Chemical Industry from China, the Technical University of Madrid, IMDEA Materials Institute, the Department of Innovation,

IMDEA Crime Scene Investigation

Researchers belonging to all IMDEA institutes solved a new crime in the activity "IMDEA-CSI" as part of the European Researchers' Night Madrid 2018. More information about the event in this podcast (radio show "Por tres razones", RTVE)

First Year Assessment of Maria Azzurra, entitle “Intermediate strain rate testing methodologies for composite materials characterisation” – In the Seminar Room at 12:00 am

ABSTRACT: The main objective of this work is to create a physical platform for material characterization and parameter identification at macroscale as a function of applied strain rate, understanding how the strain rate affects the damage and mechanical response of three different composite material

Seminar of Prof. Piaras Kelly, from the University of Auckland (NZ), entitle “Advanced Composite Materials: manufacturing quality products efficiently” – At 12:00 pm in the Seminar Room

Abstract: Advanced composite materials are now used in a wide range of industries, including aerospace, marine, construction, transport and recreational sport. The ever-increasing pressure on producing quality parts effectively and efficiently has led to many innovations over the years in

Research Assistant Elisa Fresta awarded with best Master Thesis Prize

Research Assistant Elisa Fresta has been awarded a Prize for one of the best Master Thesis (year 2015/2016) from the University of Turin. The thesis was developed at both the University of Turin and the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg under the supervision of Prof. Claudia Barolo and Dr. Rubén

New nanostructured material for capacitive deionization

Researchers from our institute have developed in collaboration with IMDEA Energy a new current collector-free  capacitive deionization architecture based on electrodes consisting of a porous metal oxide network interpenetrated into porous fibres of carbon nanotube. The full device has a large salt

First Year Assessment of Mario Rueda entitle “Nanoindentation impact testing methodologies for the high strain rate characterization of materials at the microscale” – In the Seminar Room at 09:30 am

Abstract: In view of the future application of polymer matrix composites for structural components subjected to impact loads, there is a need for development of experimentally calibrated constitutive models for polymers that include their inherent viscoelastic and viscoplastic behavior. These

Seminar of Dr. Lukas Helfen, from Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, entitle “Synchrotron Laminography: A Technique for In situ Observation of Damage and its Evolution Inside Engineering Materials ” – At 1:00 pm in the Seminar Room

Synchrotron Laminography: A Technique for In situObservation of Damage and its Evolution Inside Engineering Materials Lukas Helfen,1,2Mark N. Mavrogordato,3Thilo F. Morgeneyer,4T. Baumbach1 1 Institute for Photon Science and Synchrotron Radiation, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, PO Box 3640,

Seminar of Dr. Mariana Hamer, from the University of Buenos Aires (UBA), entitle “Porphyrin-based nanomaterials: design, synthesis and applications” – At 11:30 am in the Seminar Room

Porphyrin-based nanomaterials: design, synthesis and applications  Abstract  The development of new nanomaterials and nanotechnology currently have a huge impact on modern science. Within this trend, a field that has taken relevance is the construction of nanometric supramolecular systems through

PhD Defense – Miguel Herraez “Computational Micromechanics Models for Damage and Fracture of Fiber-Reinforced Polymers”, under the supervision of Prof. Carlos González and Dr. Cláudio Lopes.

The PhD Defense will take place,  at 12 noon, on next Friday (13th, July) in the seminar room of the Department of Materials Science at the School of Civil Engineering of UPM (ETSI Caminos, Ciudad Universitaria). The dissertation is entitled "Computational Micromechanics Models for Damage and

Prof. Javier Llorca awarded by SOCIEMAT

Prof. Javier Llorca, Scientific Director of IMDEA Materials Institute, has received the award to the best scientific career by SOCIEMAT Javier Llorca receiving the SOCIEMAT award to the best scientific career during the CNMAT 2018 conference

Clean Sky 2 visit

Past tuesday 5th of June, representatives of the Clean Sky 2 visit our Institute as part of the Engine Integrated Technology Demonstrator (ITD) annual meeting, organized by ITP Aero. Our Instutute is currently participating in 3 Clean Sky 2 projects: REDISH, (CROR Engine Debris Impact SHielding.

Seminar of Carlos M. Atienza, from the Biomechanics Institute of Valencia, entitle “3D printing technologies, new possibilities for customized products and services for TOC” – At 12:00 pm in the Seminar Room

3D printing technologies, new possibilities for customized products and services for TOC There will be first an introduction to the activities of the IBV (Valencia Biomechanics Institute), to then explain the biomechanical bases of additive manufacturing through EBV that led the IBV to work on this

Summer School & Industry Day: Additive Manufacturing

On July 23rd and 24th IMDEA Materials Institute organizes a Summer School on Additive Manufacturing and an Industry Day where prominent companies (Siemens, ITP, Renishaw, HP, LPW Technologies, Mizar Additive) will discuss the progress of the field as well as the challenges ahead. This event is

MINIMAL project

MINIMAL is a research endeavour which will contribute significantly towards improving analysis/predictive tools for dislocation-interface interactions in metallic nanolaminates, which have attracted application as mechanical parts in Micro Electro Mechanical Systems (MEMS). It is funded by the

Seminar of Dr. Eric Jägle, from the Max Planck Institute of Metals Research in Düsseldorf (Germany), entitle “Alloys for Additive Manufacturing, Alloys by Additive Manufacturing” – At 11:00 am in the Seminar Room

Abstract As Additive Manufacturing technologies are being adopted in more and more industries, the focus of research and development is shifting to the materials in use. On the one hand, limited processability of high-performance materials restrict the robustness of the process in some cases, while

Annual report 2017 is out

The outcome of the research activities performed during year 2017 is summarized in this document. Information about the centre Principal Investigators, current research projects, research infrastructures as well as dissemination activities can be found in this annual report, together with scientific

Large surface area lends superpowers to ultra-porous materials

Some materials are special not for what they contain, but for what they don’t contain. Such is the case with metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) – ultra-porous structures that are being developed for a variety of future applications from fire-proofing to drug-delivery. Read the whole article in HORIZON

Seminar of Prof. Marisol – Martín González, from the Instituto de Micro y Nanotecnología, entitle “Nanoengineering thermoelectrics to improve their efficiency: some examples” – At 12:00 am in the Seminar Room

Short summary of her group Functional Nanoscale Devices for Energy Recovery Group (FINDER) (Instituto de Micro y Nanotecnología) Their research is focused on the optimization of thermoelectric devices via nanostructuration. A thermoelectric device is  able to transform temperature differences into

Optoelectronics special issue

A special issue organized by our colleague Rubén Costa on new materials and approaches for optoelectronics is free to read in ChemPlusChem through May! Check it out under this link:

Seminar of Dr. Thomas Bieler, from the department of Physical Metallurgy, Grain Boundaries, Crystal Plasticity from IMDEA Materials, entitle “The challenge of finding critical resolved shear stress values for meso-scale modeling of  titanium alloys” – At 12:00 am in the Seminar Room

Short bio: Professor Thomas R. Bieler earned a B.A. in Applied Mechanics at University of California at San Diego in 1978 followed by a M.S. In Ceramic Engineering at University of Washington (Seattle) in 1980.  He worked for five years at Sandia National Laboratory in Livermore on high rate

Program “4ºESO+Empresa” at IMDEA Materials

Last week we participated in the program "4ºESO + empresa", through which high school students of the Lourdes School made an approach to an adult work environment and thus better understand the world of work.       

CIMNE – IMDEA Materials Workshop

On April 13, a bilateral technical meeting was held between the International Centre for Numerical Methods in Engineering (CIMNE) and the IMDEA Materials Institute. Twelve researchers from both institutions attended the workshop, which took place at IMDEA Materials’ facilities in Tecnogetafe, with

Seminar of Prof. Efstathios I. Melts, from the Department of Materials Science and Engineering of the University of Texas at Arlington, entitle “The Quest for New Materials: Interface-engineered Materials” – At 12:00 am in the Seminar Room

ABSTRACT Atomic interface structures provide a unique opportunity to design new materials that can provide promising solutions to future technological demands. This talk presents an overview of two diverse areas of activity at the Surface and Nano Engineering Laboratory at the University of Texas,

International Day of Women and Child in Science at IMDEA Materials

Last Tuesday, February 8, IMDEA Materials opened the doors to children of the Community of Madrid to have the opportunity to know the great work done by women scientists and transmit them the enthusiasm they have in science. In the following link you can see a brief explanation of the activities

Seminar of Prof. Jiacheng Wang, from the Shanghai Institute of Ceramics, Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), entitle “Emerging Materials for Electrocatalysis” – At 11:30 am in the Seminar Room

Abstract Platinum-based materials are highly active as the electrocatalysts both in hydrogen evolution reaction (HER) and oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) in fuel cells, but high cost limits its wide applications. In this talk, the reporter summarized the recent research progress of designing and

Is ultra-fast processing the next revolution for steel production?

Researchers of our Institute collaborate with an international consortia to develop an ultra-fast processing process for steels. This approach is energetically more efficient than current methods. You can learn more about this technique in this article (Spanish only)

2nd IMDEA Materials Innovation Awards

On 28th of November took place the 2nd IMDEA Materials Innovation Award.  The Director of the Institute, Prof. Ignacio Romero, gave the award to Miguel Angel Valdes on his winner project entitle ““Ultra-rapid processing of advanced high strength steels”. The 2nd edition started with the last year´s

First Year Assessment of Jing Zhang entitle “Metal organic frameworks (MOFs) derived hierarchically nanomaterials as multifunctional fire retardant for polymer nanocomposites” – In the Seminar Room at 12:00 pm

Abstract Fire hazards including the generation of heat, smoke and toxic vapor, cost a great number of lives and damage properties. Compared with natural polymers, the high flammability and the widespread use of synthetic polymers lead to serious safety and environmental problems. Therefore, methods

First Year Assessment of Andrea Fernández entitle “Recycling of composites by recovering carbon fibres of cured prepregs, and their re-use in hybrid laminates” – In the Seminar Room at 12:00 pm

Abstract: Recycling of composites by recovering carbon fibres of cured prepregs, and their re-use in hybrid laminates by Andrea Fernández Gorgojo The applications of composite materials are rapidly growing in several sectors. For example, in the aeronautical sector, composites can account for up

Seminar of Prof. John Allison entitle “The PRISMS Framework: An Integrated Predictive Multi-Scale ICME Capability for the Global Materials Community” – At 1:00 pm in the Seminar Room

The PRISMS Framework: An Integrated Predictive Multi-Scale ICME Capability for the Global Materials Community John Allison University of Michigan, Ann Arbor MI The Center for PRedictive Integrated Structural Materials Science (PRISMS) is a major Materials Genome Initiative effort creating a unique