The Institute of Materials Science (ICMUV), created by decree of the Generalitat Valenciana 36/1995 on 7 March 1995 (DOGV No.2469), had its origin in the initiative of a group of research units from the faculties of Chemistry and Physics at the University of Valencia in response to the need to establish a synergetic, interactive linking of their skills directed at chemistry and physics applied in an effort to solve practical business problems in our community in the field of materials science.
The ICMUV offers the expertise of its members, knowledgeable and competent users of a wide array of experimental physics techniques available at the University, as part of the institute’s general services or the equipment specific to each research unit or group. In addition, the ICMUV’s various groups specialized in specific fields are available to tackle research projects applied at various levels (consulting, collaboration) with industry.
The ICMUV is currently developing two projects in the programme CONSOLIDER (MALTA and NANOTHERM), two projects in the programme PROMETEO (FOPS and NANO2-CSF), three European projects (NANOLICHT, NANOWIRING, POSITIVE), 13 national projects and 18 projects with companies. Among the ICMUV’s lines of research worth mentioning are semiconductor quantum nanostructures and devices, nanomaterials for energy, high-pressure physics, photonic crystals, synthesis and characterization of porous materials and zeotypes, alternative synthesis strategies, surface treatments for laser marking, functional and structured nanomaterials, catalysis, hybrid polymers, and heritage.
Within the ICMUV spin-off companies have been created: CHYLAS (Hybrid Components and Optical Fiber Lasers, S.L.), INTENANOMAT (Intelligent Nanomaterials), LASER FOOD and AURORASAT (Software, Consulting & Testing).