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About SIMaP

About the laboratory

SIMaP is the Materials and Processes Science and Engineering Laboratory. It is a joint Research Unit (UMR 5266) of CNRS and Grenoble INP within the Grenoble Alpes University . It has over 230 people, including research scientists and research lecturers, engineers, technicians, administrative staff, PhDs and postdoctoral research workers.

All of these physicists, material and fluid mechanics specialists and chemists study the preparation, forming, assembly and properties of materials for structural and functional applications (energy, microelectronics, etc.). They combine experimentation and modelling from atomic level to full process scale, based on experimental preparation and characterisation facilities.

All staff takes an active part in developing the uses of materials, as a result of which specifications are becoming increasingly complex. There are many possibilities for functionalisation: at the surface (surface treatment processes), in the bulk or through assembly (multi-materials). There are still numerous hurdles to be overcome in understanding the phenomena that govern fabrication processes and in modelling and simulating these processes as well as parallel macro- meso- and microscopic phenomena in order to anticipate some of the problems that are liable to occur during industrial production.

About our research

  • The laboratory specializes in particular in the field of metallurgy: phase and interface thermodynamics, physical chemistry, physical metallurgy, mechanics (forming, behavior, durability), preparation processes (solidification, sintering), control of liquid state (chemistry, fluid mechanics, transfers, wetting).
  • It also covers a wide range of topics in the field of ceramics in the broadest sense (sintered ceramics, glasses, monocrystalline oxides).

Our goals


  • We design and optimize innovative preparation processes.
  • We design, prepare and characterize the materials of the future or improve the properties of existing materials.

Our skills

  • We study the preparation, forming, assembly and properties of materials for structural and functional applications.
  • We combine experimentation and modelling from atomic level to full process scale, based on experimental preparation  based on gas-solid, liquid-solid and solid-solid methods, including the use of magnetic fields and characterization facilities.

Fields of application


The laboratory is helping to face challenges in the fields of energy, microélectronics, structural and multifunctional materials, nanomaterials, and sustainable development.

Date of update April 7, 2017

Univ. Grenoble Alpes