The science carried out in Madrid regions is amongst the world's best, thanks in part to the researchers at the IMDEA Institutes. More information in this article from ABC newspaper.
We will soon start collaborating with the Madrid-based start-up SmartHAPS to investigate materials for High Altitude Pseudo-Satellites (HAPS). The work will be lead by Dr. De-Yi Wang, head of our research group on High Performance Polymers and Fire Retardants. More information about this project
IMDEA Materials has developed a battery-less fire/thermal hazard sensor based on a fire-retardant triboelectric nanogenerator (see Fig. 1). It can be used to early detect the on-set of thermal-runaway of batteries. When placed in an electric vehicle’s battery pack, this sensor coupled to a
Sandwich-structured composites are the most reliable and effective technology for weight reduction of interior panels in the transportation industry. However, the properties and manufacturing processes of sandwich composites are limited by the characteristics and mechanical properties of the
IMDEA Materials has developed a technology to produce Reprocessable Epoxy Resin (REP) composites with excellent fire retardancy and re-processability. Compared with pure epoxy resin with a Limited Oxygen Index (LOI) of 21.7 % and no rating in vertical burning test (UL-94), recyclable epoxy resin
Although secondary Li-ion batteries are widely used for electrochemical energy storage, low energy (100-300 Wh kg-1) and power density (250-400 W kg-1) are limiting their applications in several areas including long-range electric vehicles. This is mainly due to the use of graphite anodes with low
Diffusion independent pseudocapacitive ion storage is one of the recently investigated mechanisms for achieving ultrafast Li and Na-ion storage. It usually involves surface/ near surface charge-transfer reactions. Nevertheless, intrinsic pseudocapacitance of transition metal oxide anodes is not
IMDEA Materials has recognized expertise on the design of alloys for high temperature, high strength and lightweight applications, which are suitable for the production of 3D printed components by laser-based or binder-jetting methods. Previous works include the design of superalloys for turbine
IMDEA Materials has know-how and experience in developing computational high-throughput screening workflows for discovery of hydrogen storage materials. Our focus has been mostly directed towards advanced porous materials such as metal organic frameworks and related materials (Fig. 1). Our
Rice University's Carbon Hub is a zero-emissions research initiative to produce technologies that split hydrocarbons into hydrogen fuel and solid carbon materials that can be used to make buildings, cars, clothing and more. (Photo by Tommy LaVergne/Rice University) Carbon Hub, Rice University's
IMDEA Materials has know-how in developing data-driven experimentation workflows that exploit machine learning algorithms to minimize the number of experiments involved in the development of materials tuned to specific applications and/or the chemical processes governing their synthesis and
Our colleague María Teresa Pérez Prado and other women in science explain what they do to improve our lives in this interview recorded by cadena SER at IMDEA Energy as part of the International Women's Day 2021.
IMDEA Materials offers a mature, fully stand-alone technology able to predict the mechanical response of an engineering alloy as function of its microstructure . This technology is able to provide the anisotropic elastic properties and stress-strain elastoplastic curves, the creep response and
Titanium aluminum nitrides (TiAlN) are currently the most versatile coatings in terms of performance with various applications in industry: as wear-resistant coatings for cutting tools; for increasing productivity in die casting, reducing soldering and retarding fire cracks; for plastic
Current trends to reduce weight, energy consumption and improve functionality are leading to new materials with complex microstructures, whose behavior can only be understood from the synergetic contribution of processes occurring at multiple length scales (from nm to m). Examples of these materials
IMDEA Materials has developed technologies to manufacture scaffolds made of biodegradable polymers (PCL, PLA, PLGA, etc), biodegradable metals (Mg and Zn) and their composites for tissue engineering (see Fig. 1 below). The main advantage of this technology is that it allows designing scaffolds with
IMDEA Materials has developed a physical simulation tool to predict joinability of dissimilar metallic materials with different melting points. Very small samples of the actual dissimilar materials are subjected to the same thermal and mechanical profiles in a thermo-mechanical simulator (GLEEBLE
IMDEA Materials has developed technologies for ultrafast processing of advanced metallic materials in a thermo-mechanical simulator (GLEEBLE 3800). They allow to precisely control the thermo-mechanical processing at high heating/cooling rates, as well as at high strain rate plastic deformation.
Europe’s commitment to reach carbon neutrality by 2050 is strongly pushing renewable energy sources and hydrogen has emerged as a versatile and environmentally friendly mean to store and transport clean energy. The large-scale usage of hydrogen has prompted new challenges in the core electrochemical
IMDEA Materials is working on new battery materials that combine electrochemical integrity and enhanced fire safety. Fig. 1 below shows a fully solid-state battery based on a HKUST-1 MOF modified electrolyte with simultaneously improved electrochemical performance and fire safety was successfully
One Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship has been awarded to our center in call 2020, and 2 more are very high in the reserve list. A total 7 proposals were submitted by our center. They have received marks in the range 98.4 - 79.2 and are all above the threshold. Despite the fierce
IMDEA Materials can design and prepare novel Phase Change Materials (PCMs) for thermal energy storage applications that: are prepared in an easy and green pathway and, at the same time, have high mechanical performance, fire safety, form stability, phase transition enthalpy, and thermal
Javier LLorca talks about new materials for bone prosthesis in the RTVE radio program "El laboratorio de JAL" devoted to science dissemination pills. Follow the link and listen up the first pill to find out more about this hot research topic (content only available in
Due to the rapid growth in the use of composite materials, environmental concerns have become an increasingly influential topic, making recyclability of composite materials a key issue. Furthermore, several related EU laws have been passed to minimize the environmental impact of composite structures
Predictive simulation of metal Additive Manufacturing – from composition & processing to mechanical properties
As part of its strategic initiative on damage-tolerant additive manufacturing, IMDEA Materials develops a suite of physics-based computational models and simulation tools aimed at linking processing, microstructures and properties, in order to accelerate the discovery and deployment of new alloys
Manufacturing in the EU is crucial, given that it is one of the main drivers in innovation, job creation and sustainable growth. It involves almost 2,000,000 companies that provide approximately 28.5 million jobs. Therefore, its impact is significant in terms of economic share, with it being ~18% of
Javier Llorca, head of the Mechanics of Materials group, talks in the program “Marca España” from RNE about bioresorbable 3D printed scaffolds for bone regeneration. You can listen to the interview here (starting at minute 3:50)
The doctoral thesis of Jingya Wang, entitled “High throughput investigation of diffusion and solid solution hardening of HCP Mg alloys”, has obtained the Award of the Technical University of Madrid to the best doctoral thesis. The thesis was advised by Prof. J. LLorca and Prof. Y. Cui and it was
ITP Aero and IMDEA Materials collaborate in an R&D program named ENVIDIA, whose goal is the development of software capable of simulating the production of aeronautic components by additive manufacturing technologies. The activities in this program began in mid 2018, with the objective of
IMDEA Materials research on biodegradable 3D printed structures for bone regeneration published in National Geographic
A team of Spanish engineers has succeeded in creating a magnesium-based scaffold that makes it possible to reconstruct large bone fragments. The new device, under study, is non-toxic, biodegradable and does not generate rejection. In addition, it allows the regeneration of tissue without
Madrid is the Spanish region that invests the most in research and development (1.71% of region gross domestic product). Behind these numbers there are thousands of hours devoted to understand the world around us and to find solutions to societal challenges. Since 2006 the IMDEA Institutes have
3.100 research & development projects per year are carried out in Madrid region, which makes it an international reference in research thanks to the work of its fourteen universities, the eight health research institutes, as well as the seven Madrid Institutes for Advanced Studies (IMDEA). More
The results of the ENERYARN MSCA IF on multifunctional CNT fabrics featured by the European Commission
In the MSCA IF ENERYARN project, Dr. Anastasiia Mikhalchan worked on the development of CNT yarn-stretching strategies and new ways of studying energy-storing composite materials. The new methods addressed the alignment problem. Using them, the researchers team demonstrated that fabrics made of
Teresa Pérez-Prado, head of the Physical Metallurgy group, talks in the program “Gente Despierta” from RNE about the potential of 3D printing. You can listen to the interview here (starting at minute 5:30)
Juan José Vilatela, leader of the Multifunctional Nanocomposites group and recent recipient of a Proof of Concept Grant of the European Research Council, talks in the program "Marca España" from RNE, about the potential of the silicon based electrodes developed in his group for electromobility
A research group from IMDEA Materials has developed a flexible silicon that will revolutionize electric vehicles
The batteries produced with this new material will make it possible to lighten the vehicles, increase the distance they can travel and reduce charging time. A group of researchers from the IMDEA Materials Institute in Madrid, led by Juan José Vilatela, has developed flexible silicon in sheets, a
IMDEA Materials participates in the document “R&D&I Industrial Priorities in Advanced Manufacturing”
The document has been elaborated by the Spanish Aerospace Technological Platform (PAE), with the support of a working group led by Aernnova and formed by ACITURRI, AIMPLAS, AIRBUS, AIRGRUP, AIMEN, CEIT, COMET Ingeniería, EHU/CFAA, FIDAMC, HEROUX-DEVTEK, ITP AERO, OBUU Tech and UPV. It defines 28
The project ENTENTE (European Database for Multiscale Modelling of Radiation Damage) has started on the 1st of September 2020 and it will last 48 months. The aim of this project is to design a new European experimental/modelling materials database to collect and store highly-relevant data on
The current design of composite materials follows a trial and error approach based on an expensive and time consuming testing pyramid that costs industry millions of euros and years of development each time a new composite material is introduced in an aircraft. In this video, you can watch how we
The aim of the DELIGHTED project is to gain fundamental understanding of principles of microstructural design for engineering of perspective austenitic lightweight steels to reach the combination of mechanical and performance properties suitable for applications. To read more about the scientific
The Multi-FAM project proposes the combination of materials with different functionalities, the additive manufacturing process by direct laser deposition (DED) and thermodynamic and process simulation, as enabling technologies to obtain multi-material and multifunctional 3D parts for direct
We are helping ITP Aero to produce the IPT (Intermediate Pressure Turbine) casing for the future Rolls-Royce UltraFan engine. So far, we have carried out the characterisation of the behaviour of the astroloy at containment and impact. Read more here.
Our colleague María Teresa Pérez Prado has been appointed as a member of the International Advisory Board of the European Space Agency (ESA). She will support the Agency as part of the Physical Sciences Working Group, particularly concerning their activities on micro-gravity research
We have partnered with e-Xstream to support the industry’s first microstructure modelling for metals
Integrated Computational Materials Engineering (ICME) is set to disrupt manufacturing as we know it. It is an engineering solution that spans across simulation disciplines and goes one step further in helping to tackle the challenges OEMs face in producing the ‘perfect’ part, whether that be time,
We are delighted to announce the launch of the IMDEA Materials 2019 report, available now for download. This annual report is designed to give you an overview of the Institute and main achievements in 2019. You will also find a description of the current Research Programmes highlighting
IMDEA Materials webinar: “Microstructure prediction through multiscale modeling of solidification processing”
We are glad to announce the second episode of the IMDEA Materials Institute webinar series, that will take place the 27th of May at 12.00 pm Madrid time Damien Tourret, Researcher at IMDEA Materials & Marie Skłodowska Curie fellow (CINEMA, GA nº 842795) will talk about
We are looking for post-doctoral researchers willing to apply for a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) Individual Fellowships (IF), call 2020. Our Institute has a long track record hosting MSCA fellows and has obtained outstanding success rates in recent calls of MSCA IF. The following hosting
Webinars cycle on “Cross-sectional reflections during a pandemic: the importance of more and better science”. It will start on April 30th.
What will happen to “I+D+I” when the pandemic ends? Find out in the 9 #reflexionesciencia webinars that begin on April 30! https://sites.google.com/view/reflexiones-transversales/
The Clean Sky magazine highlights the research and technological advances made during the SORCERER project, in which the Multifunctional Nanocomposites Group of IMDEA Materials is participating. The goal of the project is developing revolutionary lightweight composite materials that can store and
As part of our strategic plan 2020-2025, we have recently opened a Technology Transfer and Innovation Unit (TTIU) to promote and support the commercial exploitation of the R&D results obtained within our projects. The head of the TTIU, Dr. Javier Rubio, joined the Institute on the 1st of March
In the light of the last events related to the COVID-19 situation in both Spain and Europe we are very sorry to inform you that we have decided to cancel the EMMC17 meeting in Madrid. It is a very sad situation since the conference pointed to be a great success! www.emmc17.org
During the Minerals, Metals & Materials Society (TMS) Annual Meeting of 2020, which took place in San Diego, (California, USA), Damien Tourret, Resarcher at the IMDEA Materials Institute, was awarded The Young Leaders Professional Development Award. This award provides an opportunity for
IMDEA Materials Institute launches the first episode of a scientific - technological webinar series given by its principal investigators . The aim is to disseminate the knowledge we have acquired throughout the years in order to study, develop and process better materials that can contribute to
Given the situation created by COVID 19, following the instructions of the health authorities and the Community of Madrid, the XI Madrid is Science Fair is postponed.
We received a high-level visit from Madrid Regional Government past Friday 21st of February, proof of their commitment to science and technology R&D.
Our alumny Miguel Herráez has received the extraordinary doctoral award of the course 2017-2018 by the Technical University of Madrid (UPM) for the thesis entitled ‘Computational Micromechanics Models for Damage and Fracture of Fiber-Reinforced Polymers’. Miguel received the award from the Rector
Our colleague Rubén Costa has reveived the Fundación Princesa de Girona award for scientific research 2020. The jury has recognized his work in the development of LEDs with biological components. Rubén Costa joined our Institute in year 2017 thanks to a the a talent attraction grant from Madrid
We got a 42% success rate in the last call of the Marie Curie Individual Fellowships! This means that 5 experience researchers will soon join our center to work in top-notch areas such as the functionalization of nanocellullose for smart materials, the next generation LEDs and lightweight
What if bacteria could produce cheaper, sustainable, and safer color filters for LEDs? LED lamps consist of a blue-emitting chip and an optical filter made of inorganic phosphors, rare earth minerals that transforms blue light into the white light we all use in our homes. This filter does not
Do you want to pursue a career in science and innovation? Are you interested in doing a PhD in an applied, close to market topic? Come and get to know the projects where you could work on!
Ignacio Aguado, Deputy presisent of the Madrid region, has shown his satisfaction about the results achieved by the 7 IMDEA Institutes since their creation about ten years ago. The Madrid regional government funds around 50% of the budget of all IMDEA Institutes.
Our Institute hosted past January 14th and 15th a workshop devoted to 3D printing of metals. The first day focused on the fundamentals, while the second day covered the many applications of this technology. World-renowned experts on the field participated in the event, such as Iain Todd (Director
Discover how our grandchildren's LEDs will be in this TEDx talk by our colleague Rubén Costa.
The recognition of our Institute as a ‘María de Maeztu’ unit of excellence started past December 16th and will run for an initial period of 4 years. The Spanish Excellence Programmes of ‘Severo Ochoa’ Centres and ‘María de Maeztu’ Units identify and promote excellence in scientific research.
Rubén Costa among the top 100 Spanish Economic Leaders for Tomorrow on the Choiseul Institute ranking 2019
Rubén Costa, head of our research group on Hybrid Optoelectronic Materials and Devices, ranked among the top 100 Spanish Economic Leaders on the Choiseul Institute ranking 2019. Ranking reflects leading Spanish professionals aged under 42. More information in this article by "Expansión" journal.
Our research group on High Performance Polymers and Fire Retardants, headed by De-Yi Wang, has found that a polystyrene that incorporates ultrafine particles of iron in a mesoporous silica matrix is much less likely to burst into flames or emit smoke when heated. This technique, which also slightly
Past November 14th we hosted the 1st Annual Meeting of the Spain-China Joint Research Center on Advanced Materials. The goal of this initiative is to search solutions to industry problems related to advanced polymeric materials. During the meeting, the action plan for upcoming years was
Last Friday 15th of November we hosted one of the Technological Knowledge Conferences of ITP aero. These events are organized by the engines and turbines manufacturer in collaboration with its network of research and development centres. The day focused on experimentation and testing technologies
Cleis Santos explains in this article for RETEMA magazine the prototype of water purification based on carbon nanotube fibers we have developed in collaboration with IMDEA Energy (page 26 onwards).
Our colleague Juan José Vilatela explains in this article for "El Mundo" journal his research on nanocarbon fibers, an option for creating a sustainable materials future.
Next 14th and 15th of January 2020, a Winter School on 3D Printing of Metals and Additive Manufacturing will be held at IMDEA Materials’ facilities. The program is divided in two parts: one focused on the Fundamentals and other on Applications. Get the program, all the information about the
REDISH project: results highlighted by the European Commission and used to evaluate how european research contributes to ACARE’s Flightpath 2050 roadmap
The results of the REDISH project have been highlighted by the European Commission in the 'Results in Brief' section at the CORDIS website. The project consortium, composed by IMDEA Materials and FIDAMC, applied a coupled experimental-numerical development approach to a number of possible
Our Institute has been recognized as a ‘María de Maeztu’ unit of excellence. The Spanish Excellence Programmes of ‘Severo Ochoa’ Centres and ‘María de Maeztu’ Units identify and promote excellence in scientific research. They seek to boost Spanish science by recognising existing cutting-edge
Our colleague Andrea Fernández explains in this video her research in the sector of the recycling of composite materials, for which she has obtained the National Youth Award 2019 by the INJUVE of the Ministry of Health, Social Services and Equality https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7QoaDzpxYyU
The project MUVITCAPCOM (Multiscale Virtual Testing Capability for Composites) has started. The project is funded by de the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR), through the U.S. Air Force Defense Research Sciences Program. This program seek to foster revolutionary scientific
Our researchers will help the National Police solving a case in a new season of IMDEA-CSI. Next September 27 at 18:00 hours. Fancy joining us? This activity is part of the Researchers' Night Madrid 2019
Rubén Costa has been honored with the FEMS Materials Science & Technology prize 2019, which will be delivered during the EUROMAT2019 conference. The FEMS Materials Science and Technology prize is awarded to young European materials scientists or engineers in recognition of a significant
The Regional Minister of Education, Rafael van Grieken, visited our facilities past July 22. During his visit, he made balance of the current regional plan for research and innovation.
Our alumny Miguel Herráez has received the best PhD Thesis award by the Spanish Association of Composite Materials (AEMAC). His work was supervised by Carlos González and Claudio Lopes. Miguel is now working at the Laboratory of Applied Mechanics and Reliability Analysis (LMAF-EPFL) in Switzerland,
The project HexaGB (Grain Boundaries in Hexagonal microstructures: Linking processing and properties in lightweight structural alloys) has started. The project is funded by the Spanish Ministry of Science, Innovation and Universities within the call Retos Investigación 2018. The project is a
This article in "El Mundo" journal (in Spanish only) explains how research on new materials keeps revolutionizing the world we live in.
This article in madridiario (in Spanish only) explains how we achieve economic sustainability while preserving academic quality
Andrea Fernández, research assistant in the Composite Materials group, has been awarded the Youth Prize 2019 for environment category by the Spanish Youth Institute (INJUVE). Andrea explains her research work in this article for "Diario 16" journal
Our colleague Cleis Santos explains in this interview for Mujeres a Seguir the water purification technology she is developing.
QPINOX is our third project within the European RFCS programme. The project will develop new martensitic stainless steels for lightweight structural applications in the automotive sector. More details about the QPINOX project here.
Two new collaborative European projects have just been awarded to our Institute in the last call of FET open. FET open is a funding instrument for breakthrough ideas requiring multidisciplinary research that can enable new technologies in the long run. Ruben Costa will coordinate a € 2.7 million
From left to right; Ignacio Romero (Director of IMDEA Materials), Rodrigo Santos, Jose Luis Jiménez, Anastasiia Mikhalchan, Moumita Rana and Andrea García-Junceda (Chair of the jury) We already know the winners of the 8th edition of the IMDEA Materials´ scientific imaging contest. This year the
IMDEA Materials participated in the V Annual Meeting of ITP Aero´s research centres that was held on the 28th of May in Lerma. The participants in this meeting, besides ITP Aero as organiser, were Fundación CTA, Ceit-IK4, UPV/EHU, Mondragon Unibersitatea, UPM and IMDEA Materials Institute. During
Our latest annual report is availabe. Check here our outcomes and activities during the past year!
Our Scientific Director, Javier Llorca, expresses his views about the next industrial revolution in this article published by «El Pais» journal.
The United Nations General Assembly has proclaimed 2019 as the International Year of the Periodic Table. Among the many activities that are being developed in Spain, the Royal Spanish Society of Chemistry (RSEQ) has just published an interactive periodic table where we can enjoy a short and didactic
Javier Llorca, first Spanish elected fellow by the world’s most important materials science association
Javier Llorca, scientific director of the IMDEA Materials Institute and leader of the research group on “Advanced structural materials and nanomaterialss” of the Technical University of Madrid has been elected Fellow of the Materials Research Society. The category of Fellow is awarded to members of
Rubén Costa in El Confidencial: “The researcher that works so that you can have a BIOLED light bulb at home”
The work of our colleague Rubén Costa has been highlighted in this article in the newspaper El Confidencial in the section named "Hacia un futuro mejor" and sponsored by Banco Santander, that has the goal of disseminating the projects of people that transform society and thrust progress. Click
Great work of our workers at the Madrid Fair for Science and Innovation 2019 last March. Thank you all!
It was a great opportunity to have been able to transmit the research of excellence in science and materials engineering to all those attending the Fair. Helping to awaken the interest to solve the challenges of society and promote sustainable development in Madrid. Researchers from IMDEA Materials
MAT4.0-CM is the name of the new project led by the IMDEA Materials Institute. The acronym comes from the union of the word materials and the term 4.0 that defines the current industrial revolution marked by the application of Artificial Intelligence to productive processes. MAT4.0-CM is financed by
Our colleague Rubén D. Costa, Senior Researcher of IMDEA Materials, has been awarded the Young Researcher ChemPubSoc Prize by the Real Spanish Society of Chemistry (RSEQ) for his advances in the field of thin-film electroluminescent devices based on sustainable materials such as copper complexes
Our new lab for alloy design for additive manufacturing is now in full operation. Including facilities for powder production, laser melting, post-processing and microstructure characterization at all length scales, and staffed with highly experienced metallurgy researchers.
IMDEA Materials work in the SORCERER project, funded by Clean Sky 2, has been highlighted in the CompositesWorld magazine. Click here to check the whole article.
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.
2 Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions Individual Fellowships have recently been awarded to our Institute, and 2 more are on the reserve list. That represents a 20% success rate. Our new fellows will work in top-notch areas such as the numerical exploration of metallurgical alloys and inducing doping in