The Department Materials Research and Technology (MRT) translates cutting-edge materials research into applicable technology.

Its activities span from Nanomaterials and enabling Nanotechnology to Sustainable Composite Materials. A transversal Central Materials Laboratory mutualises MRT's considerable expertise and equipment ranging from polymer and thin film processing to nano-fabrication, prototyping and functional measurements. MRT's research is further strengthened by a Platform for Advanced Characterization. Finally, the Department operates a Technology line, which focuses on the development of scientific instruments based on charged particle beams for nano-imaging and nano-analysis.

Research units

Nanomaterials and Nanotechnology  / Sustainable Polymeric & Composite Materials  /  Advanced Instrumentation for Ion Nano-Analytics

Transversal research structures

Composite materials platform / Process engineering & prototyping / Materials charaterisation and testing platform / National Composites Center.

Emerging research topics

Sensors and actuators, Photocatalysis and energy harvesters, Transparent electronics and smart nanocomposites, Modelling and design of structures and multifunctional composites, Bio-based polymers and composites, Adhesion and compatibilization of fibres/matrix, Process engineering and advanced manufacturing, Functional Coatings.

Key markets and sectors

  • Space and Aeronautics
  • Smart Glass and Buildings
  • Sensors and Automotive
  • High-Tech Equipment
  • Composite Industry

Equipment and facilities

We offer to our clients access to these expertise and equipment for their own research and innovation projects and propose via our Materials Characterisation and Testing Platform a wide range of standardized and made-to-measure services in: Molecular analysis, Surface and elementary analysis, Structure, morphology and topography, Mechanical testing and accelerated ageing, Fire behaviour and thermo-phyical analysis

Our catalogue of expertise and equipment!

Current projects


AFTB project aims to create the required conditions for the uptake of adhesive free Engineered Wood Products by the construction industry.


Coupling in Multifunctional ferroic materials


Mastering the faults in type P transparent semiconductor oxides


Mechanical recycling of polylactide for new applications


Durability of Polymer Based Composite Materials and Structures


Design a new generation of durable electrodes for fuel cells


New Nanocomposite Coatings for Fire Retardant Applications


A multidisciplinary, intersectoral and international research training network focused on the full spectrum of composite materials.


Elaborer des revêtements hybrides antibactériens



MASSENA, focus on materials for sensing and energy harvesting, corner stones of modern society.


Creating a network of stakeholders from industry, research and university active in the European materials sector


Development of an innovative industrial process to protect steel against corrosion


To adapt and pursue the development of the mass spectrometry technology developed by LIST for space applications


Nanomaterial toxicity - The role of surface properties and released ions for uptake and effects


Nano electronics for pH control and ultra-dense electrochemical synthesis


Developing new high-temperature performance PVD coatings for high speed machining technology


Developing a new integrated, optimised instrument to provide a comprehensive physico-chemical characterisation of nanoparticles.


PNANO4BONE, Nanocarriers and ionized gas applied together to scaffolds for bone regeneration


Prof. Dr Jens KREISEL

Director of Materials Research and Technology department

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