About us

The European Integrated Center for the Development of New Metallic Alloys and Compounds has been recently created as a long lasting structure, and as the successor organization of the European Network of Excellence Complex Metallic Alloys, NoE CMA. Twenty one universities or national research institutes - covering 25 high level laboratories - and one SME, located in thirteen different European countries, are currently members of our integrated Center. The different partners are now working as if they were belonging to a single European institute, taking advantages of all the synergies and complementarities of skills within the network, and really shift their way of carrying out research from competition to collaboration.


There are 220 scientist involved in the European Integrated Center, with about 130 permanent researchers or professors, 50 PhD students and 40 post-docs.

The European Integrated Center provides a world leading cutting edge knowledge in material science and material science simulation of complex systems. In particular, the members published together more than 200 articles in high-rank journals, four books of the series Complex Metallic Alloys and a dedicated overview monography ‘Complex Metallic Alloys, Fundamentals and Applications’, Wiley-VCH, 2011. The European Integrated Center partners have access to world-level facilities for material science dedicated to materials preparation, single crystal growth, structural characterization by HRTEM, X-ray diffraction, NMR, synchrotron and neutron diffraction at European centers, surface studies, high- and low-temperature measurements of physical properties (mechanical, magnetic, thermoelectric). Demonstrator setups for possible applications are also developed.

Within the European Integrated Center the Research and Activity Domains (RAD) are the tools for a collaborative work at the European level bringing the know-how and the resources of partners to the synergy. Six RAD are concerned with research and three RAD deal with education, dissemination and gender mainstreaming.The research projects within the RAD are either knowledge-driven (basic science) or application-driven. All RAD develop an upfront basic research which is of prime importance even in view of the application oriented research projects. It is only if such a knowledge ‘reservoir’ is available that new route to innovation can eventually be conducted.