Prof. Javier LLorca elected to the Academia Europaea

Javier LLorca, director of IMDEA Materials Institute and professor of Materials Science at the Polytechnic University of Madrid, has been elected to the Academia Europaea in the Physics and Engineering section. The election took place during the Academy Council held in Wroclaw on September, 16th.

R&D agreement with Pennsylvania State University

IMDEA Materials Institute y Pennsylvania State University has signed a two years colaboration agreement to promote joint research and development activities in the areas of processing, charaterization and simulation of advanced materials. In addition, this agreement opens a new range of

New horizons for continuum materials simulations

Dr. Jerusalem, head of the Computational Mechanics of Materials group, analyze the current situation of the continuum simulations in the materials field. Link to the complete text: Madri+d

NANOLAM project

NANOLAM project is part of a collaborative research effort between IMDEA Materials and Arizona State University in order to study the high temperature nanoindentation and micropillar compression behavior of Al/SiC nanolaminates. Check the whole description of the NANOLAM project

HIPREP project

The objective of this investigation, funded by the China Scholarship Council, is to develop high performance reinforced fire-retardant polymers via special molecular design, chemical functionalization of the reinforced fibers and advanced polymer processing. The fire behaviours, mechanical

Exporting excellent science

Our internationalization strategy, based on mid-long term partnerships with key companies, highlighted in madri+d website. Read the whole story (ES)

Fatigue testing system available

A fatigue testing system is now available at IMDEA Materials Institute. The system (INSTRON 8802, INSTRON) allows a broad range of static and dynamic test applications from basic metals to larger scale component testing. Typical applications of this servohydraulic machines include fracture

Interview to IMDEA Materials Director, Prof. Javier Llorca

"Only enterprises investing in technology will survive" Link to the complete text: Madridiario El profesor Javier Llorca, doctor ingeniero de Caminos, es catedrático y responsable del grupo de investigación en “Materiales Estructurales Avanzados y Nanomateriales” de la Universidad

Dr. De-Yi Wang elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry

Dr. De-Yi Wang has been recently elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC). Founded in 1841, RSC is the largest organization in Europe for chemical scientists and advancing the chemical sciences. RSC partners with industry and academia, advises governments on policy, and promotes the

MicroTest project

MicroTest is an industrial contract with the European Powder Metallurgy Association (EPMA) to study the mechanical properties and the fracture behavior in correlation with the microstructure using real parts and specimens produced in industrial conditions. See MicroTest project description.

Best doctoral theses from the Carlos III University of Madrid

The PhD Thesis entitled "High Temperature Mechanical Behavior of Al/SiC Nanoscale Multilayers" and “In-situ analysis of the high temperature deformation and fracture mechanisms of a ɣ-TiAl alloy", carried out by Drs. Saeid Lotfian and Rocío Muñoz at IMDEA

Dr. Ilchat Sabirov awarded at NanoSPD6 conference

Dr. Ilchat Sabirov, head of the Physical Simulation group at IMDEA Materials Institute, has received the Young Researcher Award for outstanding contribution to nano-severe plastic deformation research at the NanoSPD6 conference held past June 30 – July 4 2014 in Metz (France). 

Dr. Yuwen Cui elected as ASM committee member

During the past TMS2014 annual meeting and exhibition (San Diego, USA, 16-20/02/2014), Dr. Yuwen Cui was appointed as committee member of the ASM Alloy Phase Diagram (APD) for the next three years. ASM International is a materials science and engineering society where materials users,

Success in the final FP7 calls

IMDEA Materials Institute is achieving great success in the last calls of the 7th Framework Programme. To date, our researchers have secured 6 R&D projects belonging to different lines of this programme: MICROMECH project (Clean Sky I JTI (Joint Technology Initiative)) MODENA, ICMEG and

MultiComp network

Our Institute participates in COST action MultiComp, which is designed to bring together theorists, experimentalists and industrialists in the field of nano-carbon materials technology. See the whole description of the MultiComp network.

New incorporation – Dr. Jun-Hao Zhang

Position: Research Associate PhD.: University of Science and Technology of China, China, USA Research: Environmentally friendly fire retardant nanocomposites Contact: junhao.zhang(AT)

New incorporation – Daniel del Pozo

Position: Research Assistant BEng: Technical University of Madrid, Spain Research: Modeling of ice impact on jet turbines Contact: daniel.pozo(AT)

New incorporation – Dr. Bin Gan

Position: Research Associate PhD: Illinois Institute of Technology, EEUU Research: Micromechanics of superalloys Contact: bin.gan(AT)

Madrid, world hub of light metals

In order to significantly reduce environmental burdens, lightweight metals and alloys play an increasingly important role because of their high specific strength and stiffness, corrosion resistance, and recyclability. Among them, magnesium (Mg), aluminum (Al), and titanium (Ti) alloys are widely

Dr. Daniel Cíntora-Juárez

Research Associate: Electrochemical Energy Storage, Nanomaterials. Contact:

New incorporation – Rodrigo Santos

Position: Predoctoral Researcher Master of Science in Aerospace Engineering. Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands Research "Virtual Design, Virtual Processing and Virtual Testing of Metallic Materials"

TEM microscopy available

A FEG S/TEM microscope is now available at IMDEA Materials Institute. The system (Talos F200X, FEI) combines outstanding high-resolution S/TEM and TEM imaging with an energy dispersive x-ray spectroscopy (EDS) integrated system fully compatible with high-resolution 3D tomography.  It is also

New incorporation – Raquel Sanguine

Position:  Research Assistant MSc Universidad Pontificia Católica de Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil Research: Solidification processing and properties of Zn-Al hypoeutectic alloys

New incorporation – Dr. Jian Xu

Position: Research Associate PhD.: Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium Research: Multiscale modeling of composites Contact: jian.xu(AT)

New incorporation – Juan Carlos Fernández

Position: Research Assistant MSc: Carlos III University of Madrid, Spain Research: Electric curing of CNT/epoxy resins Contact: juancarlos.fernandez(AT)

Highest grade for Silvia Hernandez´s PhD thesis

Silvia Hernandez defended her PhD thesis entitled “Cure, Defects and Mechanical Performance of Fiber-Reinforced Composites” on March 11th at the Civil Engineering School of the Technical University of Madrid (UPM). Her work was awarded the highest grade by the PhD committee. Dr.

Eva Moreno completed her Master thesis with Honors

The research project “Grain size and temperature effect on mechanical behavior of an aluminum alloy”, have been supervised by the leader of the Physical Simulation Group of IMDEA Materials Institute, Dr. Ilchat Sabirov.

DYNACOMP project starts

DYNACOM is an European Industrial Doctorate (EID) programme focused on the design of the next generation of structural composite materials for high strain rate applications. Two of the major milestones of this EID are: (1) to offer 2 Early Stage Researchers (ESRs) a multidisciplinary and

Success in call of the RFCS 2015

IMDEA Materials Institute will coordinate the European project OptiQPAP (Optimization of QP steels designed for industrial applications), funded by the Research Fund for Coal and Steel (RCFS, which is part of the Horizon 2020 framework programme). The Technological Centre CTM,

X-ray diffractometer available

An X-ray diffractometer is now available at IMDEA Materials Institute. The system (Empyrean, PANalytical) allow for phase analysis, texture, and residual stress determination, as well as reflectometry. It is equipped with a state-of-the-art X-ray platform for the analysis of powders, thin films,

Micro-scale calorimeter available

A Micro-scale combustion calorimeter is now available at IMDEA Materials Institute. This system, maufactured by Fire Testing Technology performs rapid laboratory scale test of the flammability of materials on milligram quantities (in the order of mg) according to standard ASTM D7309-07. Check the

R&D contract between IMDEA Materials and Ferroatlantica S.L.

Silicio Ferrosolar S.L., part of Ferroatlantica S.L. group, has signed an R&D contract with IMDEA Materials Institute to optimize the production of solar-grade silicon via purification in high vacuum furnace. More details on SICASOL project

IMDEA Materials starts MODENA project

MODENA is an European project funded by the 7th Framework Programme of the European Union. MODENA aims at developing, demonstrating and assessing an easy-to-use multi-scale software-modeling framework application under an open-source licensing scheme that delivers models with feasible computational

New Airbus Operations contract awarded

IMDEA Materials Institute has been awarded a new R&D contract by Airbus Operations to design composite shields against high energy impact of an open-rotor blade on the new NSA (New Single Aisle) aircraft fuselage concept. See BLADE IMPACT project description

1st IMDEA Materials Institute Scientific Imaging Contest

The 1st IMDEA Materials Institute Scientific Imaging Contest took place on October 1st. Two ex-equo awards were granted to Irene De Diego, who presented a scanning electron micrograph of an advanced high strength steel, and to Hangbo Yue, who participated with an image of a natural flax fiber