The Materials Synthesis and Processing group (SIPMAT) belongs to Materials Science and Engineering and Chemical Engineering Department of Carlos III University of Madrid. This group is composed of researchers with a wide knowledge in different kind of materials and synthesis, processing and characterization techniques which produces a group with a clearly multidisciplinary character. These features allow a deep collaboration with other groups not only of this University but also other institutions. The Group is led by Professors B. Levenfeld and A. Várez and began to work about Metal Injection Moulding (MIM) in 1997. The development of this researching area was possible due to its researcher´s training related to polymeric, ceramic and metallic materials. This fact made possible to expand the researching area to Ceramic Injection Moulding (CIM). To date five theses have been carried out and two more are in progress.
Actually, the main research line is focused on the development and characterization of materials for energy applications, focusing their effort in production of solid state electrolytes. In this sense, we are working preparing new materials for electrochemical devices, in particular, fuel cells based on polymeric membranes (PEM) and solid oxide (SOFC), and lithium batteries. This research group has the technical ability and facilities to prepare ceramic materials (ceramic method, sol gel, liquid dissolutions, mechanical milling,…) as polymeric as well. In addition, the necessary equipment for testing and structural characterization, microstructural, electrical, thermal and mechanical is available.
A continuous collaboration with other researching groups allows maintaining research areas in other fields as biomaterials and magnetic ceramics.