Nuclear fusion: what material can contain a star on Earth?

Nuclear fusion as a source of energy for stars was described in the 1920s. Since then, scientists have dreamed of reproducing this process in a controlled way. To generate energy by fusion is to emulate what the Sun does, but on Earth, and inside a container. One of the bottlenecks to achieve

IMDEA Materials represented among this year’s IOM3 award winners

IMDEA Materials Director, Professor José Manuel Torralba was on hand in London recently to receive the annual Ivor Jenkins award from the Institute of Materials, Minerals & Mining (IOM3). And Prof. Torralba wasn’t the only award-winner with an IMDEA Materials connection on the night, as

IMDEA Materials celebrates Science Week

IMDEA Materials Institute celebrated Science Week 2022 with a visit from students from Colegio Retamar in Madrid. The BIOMET4D and BioImplant-ITN projects were a focus of the activities with predoctoral researchers Ángela Castro María from the Biomaterials and Regenerative Medicine group (Dr.

An innovative ‘smart mask’ with a use beyond pandemics

- Researchers from IMDEA Materials Institute, in collaboration with the Technical University of Madrid and Rey Juan Carlos University have developed a new smart mask capable of monitoring a wearer’s breathing. - The mask has numerous advantages over smart masks currently available, including its

Predicting plasticity and its benefits for industry

Visiting researcher Dr. Douglas Spearot is hopeful that his collaboration with IMDEA Materials will result in improved simulation techniques to predict plasticity and microstructure evolution in metals, providing key benefits for the aeronautical and automotive industries.  Dr. Spearot has

Reaching for the stars and “a new space age”

IMDEA Materials Institute researcher Juan de Pablos Gómez can’t pinpoint exactly when his interest in the far reaches of the universe beyond our own small corner of the Milky Way first arose. It´s just something he assumes he was born with. But from his youngest days visiting the Madrid

Alumni in Focus – Dr. Antoine Jerusalem

Dr. Antoine Jerusalem admits it was a gamble joining a fledgling IMDEA Materials Institute back in 2008, but there’s no doubt in his mind that the bold bet more than paid off. Jerusalem, currently a Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Oxford, was one of the earliest

Year in Review – IMDEA Materials Launches 2021 Annual Report

IMDEA Materials is delighted to announce the launch of our 2021 Annual report, available now for download. This annual report is designed to give you an overview of the Institute and main achievements in 2021. You will also find a description of the current Research Programmes, highlighting

The AM2SoftMag project kicks-off!

In this project, IMDEA Materials will collaborate with several European partners to produce soft magnetic components by 3D-printed, metallic glasses. Metallic glasses present excellent mechanical and magnetic properties and, in combination with additive manufacturing, open the door to producing

The future of additive manufacturing on show at IMDEA Materials

IMDEA Materials Institute has played host to some of the country's leading research centres and industrial partners at a technical conference on additive manufacturing. The morning session of the conference, which was organized by MATERPLAT and the Network of Excellence in Additive Manufacturing

3D tissue models for studying and treating disease

3D tissue models can be used in vitro (in the lab) for the study of diseases and the testing of novel drugs, including their incorporation into microfluidic devices to form the so-called “organ-on-chip” systems. 3D tissue models can also be used in vivo (i.e. implanted in the body) to directly

Novel supramolecular hydrogels for biomedical applications

Hydrogels can be formed from polymers or from small molecules, from either natural or synthetic sources. Further, they can be classified by the types of bonds that form the hydrogel network – either covalent or non-covalent. Supramolecular hydrogels, particularly those formed from the non-covalent

Carmen Martínez-Alonso receives a Fulbright scholarship

Our colleague Carmen Martínez-Alonso, member of the Bio/Chemo/Mechanics of Materials group, has obtained a Fulbright predoctoral scholarship to spend six months at the Center for Interface Science and Catalysis (SUNCAT), SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, Stanford University. She will work

Success in call 2021 of the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Postdoctoral Fellowships

Two Marie Skłodowska-Curie Postdoctoral Fellowship have been awarded to our Institute in call 2021, and 2 more are high on the reserve list. We submitted 11 proposals, and they received marks in the range of 97 – 59 out of 100. Almost all are above the threshold. Despite the fierce competition, our

IMDEA Materials at the “XI Madrid is Science Fair”

IMDEA Materials participated at the 'XI Madrid is Science Fair' at IFEMA, together with the other IMDEA Institutes from the 2nd to the 5th of March . Great success in participation! It was organized by the Fundación para el Conocimiento Madrimasd and promoted by the Madrid Regional

15th anniversary of the IMDEA Institutes

The Madrid Regional Government celebrated the fifteenth anniversary of the creation of the Madrid Institutes for Advanced Studies (IMDEA) on 25 February at the Real Casa de Correos. The event was attended by the directors, researchers and staff of the IMDEA Institutes and by the Director General of

3D printing session in Madrid

Next 16th of March, IMDEA Materials will host the first "3D printing session in Madrid". The event will showcase developments done by IMDEA Materials in the project MAT4.0, funded by the regional government, CDTI funding opportunities for companies, the success case of the company Addvance

Gender equality plan

Equal opportunities for men and women are one of our core principles, together with fostering a tolerant, diverse and creative working environment for all. Take a look at our recently released gender equality plan!

Smart implants for minimally invasive surgeries

We just kicked off the iMPLANTS-CM project (Printing metamaterials using shape memory alloys and functional gradients for a new generation of smart implants) in collaboration with the Technical University of Madrid. The project aims to design and manufacture active implants capable of modifying

Ismael Gómez, extraordinary doctoral award 2020 – 2021 by UC3M

Our alumni Ismael Gómez has received the extraordinary doctoral award of the course 2020-2021 academic year from the Carlos III University of Madrid for his work entitled "Automated discovery of porous molecular materials facilitated by characterization of molecular

Call 2022 of the INPhINIT fellowships programme

We offer 4 PhD positions within Fundación "la Caixa" INPhINIT fellowships programme 2022 on the following topics: Development of novel high entropy alloys via powder metallurgy for hydrogen storage applicationsHigh-throughput discovery of high entropy alloysMechanics of electrodes of

Two projects awarded in the last cut-off of the EIC Pathfinder Open

We have been awarded two projects in the last cut-off of the EIC pathfinder open to work on the following breakthrough technologies! That’s a phenomenal 50% success rate! Congrats to our Principal Investigators, María Teresa Pérez and Jennifer Patterson! BIOMET4D project: development of

Computational discovery of hydrogen storage materials

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

CNSTech project starts

The project CNSTech (Development of gamma prime strengthened CoNi based superalloy for advanced sustainable manufacturing technologies) starts 1st of October 2021 and it will last 24 months.The aim of this project is to development of the next generation Powder Metallurgy (PM) based CoNi superalloys

Science, the Planet’s best ally

We all have a responsibility to try to preserve our environment as best we can. However, if you are involved in research, your responsibility is even greater. At least that is what the researchers at the IMDEA Institutes believe. They will show what projects they are carrying out to ensure a

Jose Manuél Torralba awarded with the FEMS Gold Medal 2021

Our Director, José Manuel Torralba, has been awarded the European Materials Gold Medal 2021 by the Federation of European Materials Societies (FEMS). The European Materials Medal (Gold Medal), established in 1993, is the most prestigious award of the FEMSand is awarded in recognition of outstanding

Printable Carbon-based conducting cables

IMDEA Materials has developed a method to produce highly conducting nanostructured fibres for use as lightweight conductors (see Fig. 1). On a mass basis, these conductors have superior electrical/thermal conductivity and higher ampacity (maximum current density) than most metals. Their graphitic

Jose Manuel Torralba appointed new Director

On the 27th of April, after an international open selection process was concluded, Prof. Jose Manuel Torralba was appointed Director of IMDEA Materials Institute by the Board of Trustees. Prof. Torralba takes over from Prof. Ignacio Romero, who has been leading the Institute during the last four

KIST – IMDEA Materials conference 2021

Next May 25th we organize a joint conference with the Korea Institute of Science and Technology to explore collaboration opportunities in the field of composite materials.

Materials for high altitude pseudo-satellites

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

Fire retardant reprocessable epoxy-based composites

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

Defect-engineered electrodes

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

In-situ studies of defect-engineered electrodes

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

New 3D-printed alloys for extreme conditions

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

Virtual testing of metals

IMDEA Materials offers a mature, fully stand-alone technology able to predict the mechanical response of an engineering alloy as function of its microstructure [1]. This technology is able to provide the anisotropic elastic properties and stress-strain elastoplastic curves, the creep response and

New coatings for extreme conditions

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

Bioresorbable scaffolds for tissue engineering

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

Physical simulation of joining of dissimilar materials

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

Ultrafast processing of advanced metallic materials

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.

Modelling and simulation of Hydrogen embrittlement

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

Fire retardant battery materials

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