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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. KIST - IMDEA Materials conference 2021Download

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

Sustainable, fire safe phase change materials

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

Our alumna Jingya Wang obtains the University award to the best doctoral thesis

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

ENTENTE project starts

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

Helping industry to speed up the design of composites for impact applications

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

IMDEA Materials coordinates the new project DELIGHTED

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

Launch of our 2019 Annual Report

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 opens a Technology Transfer and Innovation Unit

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

The conference EMMC17 has been canceled

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

Miguel Herráez, extraordinary doctoral award 2017 – 2018 by the UPM

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

Open PhD day

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!

Word experts on 3D printing of metals meet at our Institute

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

Kick-off of the María de Maeztu programme

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.

Making plastics less flammable

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

Experimentation Conference of ITP Aero

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

Chasing new water treatment 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).

Winter School 3D Printing of Metals

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

María de Maeztu excellence award

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

Andrea Fernández, National Youth Award 2019 – Environment

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

MUVITCAPCOM project starts

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

IMDEA- Crime Scene Investigation (season 3)

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 receives the FEMS Materials Science & Technology prize 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

Miguel Herráez receives the AEMAC best PhD Thesis award

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,

HexaGB project starts

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

QPINOX project starts

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.

Great success in the last call of FET open!

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