Research programmes

As a result of a high degree of internal collaboration, each research group at the IMDEA Materials Institute participates in several of our research programmes. Driven by the talent of the researchers, the research programmes combine cutting-edge fundamental oriented research in topics at the frontiers of knowledge with applied research encompassing the midterm interest of our industrial partners to provide long-term technological leadership.

  • Synthesis and integration of nanomaterials and polymer-based multifunctional nanocomposites.
  • New materials and strategies for electrochemical energy storage and conversion.
  • Computational and data-driven materials discovery.
  • Processing of high performance composites and nanocomposites. Recycling structural composites.
  • New frontiers of structural performance (impact, high temperature, mechanical…).
  • Virtual testing and virtual processing of structural composites. Sensoring and Industry 4.0.
  • Multifunctional capabilities (fire resistance, electrical, thermal, sensing, energy management, health monitoring…)
  • Structural alloys: light alloys, high temperature alloys and high strength steels.
  • Characterisation of microstructure and mechanical behaviour.
  • Advanced Manufacturing: solidification and casting, physical simulation of metallurgical processes (rolling, forging,  extrusion…).
  • Additive manufacturing: powder design and fabrication, process optimisation.
  • Virtual processing and virtual testing of metallic alloys.
  • 3D characterisation of materials (X-ray tomography and diffraction, SEM, TEM…).
  • 4D characterisation: In-situ characterisation of deformation and processes across multiple
    length scales (750ºC).
  • Virtual materials design, including virtual processing and virtual testing.
  • Materials modelling at different length and time scales.
  • Multiscale materials modelling.

Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering

  • Development of new materials for tissue engineering and regenerative medicine: hydrogels, metallic and polymeric scaffolds and implants.
  • Development of bioresorbable metallic scaffolds for tissue engineering via 3D printing.
  • Development of bioresorbable polymeric scaffolds (via 3D printing) and polymer composite plates for biomedical applications.
  • Development of biodegradable cardiovascular metallic stents via 3D printing.