Main infrastructure


Casting facilities
  • Induction melting.
  • System for directional solidification.
  • Arc melting.
  • Centrifugal casting.
  • Combinatorial casting facility.
Thermomechanical processing
  • Gleeble system for physical simulation.
  • Simulation of rolling, forging, extrusion.
  • Capability for field assisted hot pressing of powders.
Advanced characterization
  • Dual beam FIB-FEGSEM with EBSD and EDS.
  • 3D nanotomography.
  • Nanoindentation and room and high temperature.
  • In-situ nanoindentation in a SEM.


Ion Beam Assisted Deposition
  • Base pressure < 10-7 mbar
  • Two electron beam evaporators
  • Two Kauffman ion guns
  • Sample rotation
  • High temperature heaters
  • Deposition of refractory materials
  • Shutters for multilayer deposition
  • Compound synthesis by codeposition
  • Up to (40×40)cm samples
Magnetron Sputtering Deposition
  • Base pressure < 10-7 mbar
  • 3-cathode simultaneous co-sputtering
  • Rotating holder
  • Glancing angle deposition
  • Multilayer deposition capabilities
  • Load lock entry
Pulsed Magnetron Sputtering
  • Base pressure < 10-7 mbar
  • 2-cathode simultaneous cosputtering
  • Pulsed sources
  • In-situ ellipsometry
  • Sample rotation
  • Multilayer deposition capabilities
  • Load lock entry


Coating fabrication setup 1
  • Versatile for lab level sample growth
  • HIPIMS and DC sputtering growth
  • Equipped with three magnetrons
Coating fabrication setup 2
  • Mechanized sample holder for mass production
  • HIPIMS and DC sputtering growth
  • Mainly for oxides and nitrides
  • Facilities for deposition of polymers
Coating fabrication setup 3
  • Industrial level facility
  • HIPIMS and DC sputtering growth
  • 2×50 cm magnetrons
  • Cracker for gases, in particular group V gases


Thermoelectrical power measurement (TEP))
  • Two main units:
    • first unit: to calculate the TEP value
    • second unit: temperature regulation and global process control with a touch screen for visualization and adjustment.
  • Resolution of the order of 5 nV.
  • Low background noise and an excellent temperature stability
Plastodilatometer Bähr DIL 805
  • Study of different phenomena and transformations taking place in metallic materials under pure thermal cycles and combined with deformation
  • Examine and evaluate the influence of deformation processes on solid-solid phase transformations thermally activated.
  • Main features:
    • Temperature range: 20-1500 ºC
    • Heating rate: max. 4000K/s
    • Deformation force: 25kN
    • True strain : 0.05-1.2
    • Strain rate: 0.001-12.5 s-1
    • Pause between deformation steps: min. 40ms
    • Resolution: ∆L= 0.05mm
    • T= 0.05ºC
Ultra fast dilatoemter DT1000
  • Versatile heating and cooling system
  • Heating carried out in a water-cooled radiation furnace, formed by two tubular quartz lamps with tungsten filament
  • Radiation emitted by both lamps directly focused on the test sample centred in the common focal axis of the double reflector.
  • Measurement of the length variation by means of an inductive sensor LVDT


Particle Size analyzer MASTERSIZER 2000 (MALVERN INSTRUMENTS) with HYDRO SM y SCIROCCO 2000 accessories.
  • Particle Size analyzer instrument from 0.02 μm to 2000 μm, in both wet and dry dispersion.
  • Dry sample dispersion unit:  Hydro SM for mastersizer 2000. Maximum particle size 600 μm. Volume of dispersion: 50- 130 ml. Stirrer speed: 350-3500 rpm
  • Dry sample dispersion unit: SCIROCCO 2000 for mastersizer 2000. Can measure up to 200gr of Dry sample. Minimum amount of material needed: 20 gr.
Contact Angle meter: (Automatic contact angle analysis system at high temperatures. Mod. DSA-10HT, KRÜSS)

The equipment consists of one controlled atmosphere furnace with an atttached camera that allows to capture images and messure the contact angle. The equipment is composed of:

1.- DSA10L: Contact Angle meter (special model) that includes:

  • Basic unit with monochromatic illumination integrated.
  • 6x optical zoom.
  • Adjustable light intensity.
  • Cover
  • Halogen bulb form replacement.

2.- Image analysis set, comprised of:

  • CCD integrated camera
  • DSA1 Software soported byWINDOWS 95, 98, NT 4.0 y 2000, for Contact Angle determination.
  • Measuring range: 0-180 ºC
  • Dimensions: 122 x 250 x 270 mm
  • Accuracy: 0,1 ºC
  • Weight: 10Kg

3.- Inert atmosphere furnace 1600-40-580-1. Maximum working temperature 1750ºC.

  • Internal working diameter: 40 mm
  • Working tube length: 580 mm
  • Working tube material: AI2O3
  • Atmosphere of work: inert
  • Moveable sample holder included
  • Voltage: 32A / 230V

It needs argon supply.


Femtosecond Pulsed Laser Deposition (fsPLD) and Laser Ablation
  • Thin film deposition (virtually any coating)
  • Nanoparticle generation (metals, semiconductors, dielectrics, etc.)
    • Optics
    • Photovoltaics
    • Microelectronics
Ultra-rapid laser center (CLUR)
  • Laser Equipment
  • Equipment for Material Science Research
    • Pulse Laser Deposition
    • Micromachining
    • Laser Desorption Ionization, Laser Ablation and Mass Spectrometry
Femtosecond Micromachining (fsMM)
  • Micro gratings and periodic nanostructures
  • Machined parts for industrial and medical applications
  • Subsurface wave guides and all optical components


Compression Hopkinson bar
  • Capacity: 150 kN
  • Impact velocity: 10-30m/s
  • Strain rate: 500-3000 s-1
  • Overall length: 6 meters
  • Variable bars diameter from 10 to 22 mm
  • Bars materials: Steel, aluminium e inconel
  • Temperature range -60°C a 850°C
  • Ultra-fast photography with a high-speed camera (to 1Mfps)
Traction Hopkinson bar
  • Capacity: 150 kN
  • Impact velocity: 10-30m/s
  • Strain rate: 500-2000 s-1
  • Overall length: 6 meters
  • Bars diameter: 19.3 mm
  • Bars materials: Inconel
  • Temperature range -60°C a 850°C
  • Ultra-fast photography with a high-speed camera (to 1Mfps)
Drop Tower
  • Capacity: 50 kN
  • Impact velocity: 1-4m/s
  • Energy: 400 J
  • Temperature range -60°C a 500°C
  • Ultra-fast photography with a high-speed camera (to 1Mfps)