Welcome to the web portal of the Aragón Materials Science Institute(ICMA).

We intend these web pages to be a clear means to disseminate the results of our activities to society and, thus, hope you will find in them the information about the institute in a straightforward manner. Do not hesitate to contact us for any additional information or for any suggestion you may have.

ICMA is a Joint Research Institute founded in 1985 following an agreement between the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) and the University of Zaragoza (UZ).

Following 25 years of continual growth, ICMA had 350 employees dedicated to research in “Material Science and Technology” and “Chemical Science and Technology”, with both areas becoming an International point of reference. Due to the level of excellence achieved in them, both the CSIC and the UZ considered it necessary for each area to have their own distinct organisational capacity. In April 2011, ICMA was therefore restructured, and now only consists of the Material Science and Technology Area. A new Institute was created known as ISQCH that consists of the Chemical Science and Technology area. The two Institutes share the same administrative and research support services (known as CEQMA) in order to optimise available resources.

At present, ICMA is a Joint Research Institute of CSIC and the UZ, also accredited by the Government of Aragon as an official “University Institute”. There are around 180 members of staff of which approximately half are permanent researchers, from both the UZ and the CSIC, as well as other contracted staff (interns, contract staff, post-docs, JAE, technicians, etc).

The fundamental objectives of ICMA are to contribute to the advancement of scientific and technical knowledge in the area of Material Science and Technology, by conducting high quality scientific and technical research. This is demonstrated by the publication of scientific results in prestigious international journals, participation in research projects at a regional, national and international level as well as knowledge transfer to industry in the areas cited.

The Institute has five research areas:

1. Functional organic materials

2. Materials for energy applications and laser processing

3. Magnetic materials

4. Materials for biological applications

5. Theory and simulation in Material Science

ICMA has a long tradition of managing international large scale facilities (neutron sources, synchrotron etc). Since 1998, the Institute has been in charge of the scientific coordination and administration of the Spanish Collaborating Research Group (CRG) instruments at the Institut of Laue Langevin (ILL) in Grenoble, where a number of ICMA researchers are permanently stationed.

The development and construction of advanced scientific instrumentation is also an area of intense activity. This is true not only today (project XtremeD, project TES-ESA, the development of sensors, particle detectors, laser ovens, He liquidisers, etc) but also since its foundation over 25 years ago (development of susceptometers, volt and ohm patterns, cryostat designs, etc).

To summarise all the information contained in these web pages, we should emphasise that ICMA is internationally acknowledged in a number of scientific areas, such as:

  • Molecular and polymeric materials (liquid crystals, molecular magnets, synthetic materials, etc)
  • Nano photonics and graphene plasmonics
  • Materials for environment and energy applications (ceramics, superconductors, etc)
  • Materials for biomedical applications
  • Nano materials and materials for quantum computing

The methodologies that are used in ICMA and that are internationally recognised include:

  • Experimental techniques at very low temperature
  • Materials processing technologies with Laser
  • Dispersion techniques for the study of materials
  • Calorimetry and spectroscopy (RAMAN, EPR, NLO, etc)
  • In house development of advanced instrumentation

Finally, I would like to stress our staff efforts to generate an attractive environment for young talents in the Institute, mainge it an ideal place to continue their scientific career. As a result of this, around 12 PhD theses are successfully defended at ICMA each year by young researcher from all over the world.