Technical Divisions


The technical divisions develop and maintain the scientific equipment required by the scientific divisions.

Researchers have access to a wide range of resources, including a workshop, optical and electron microscopy, image analysis, X-ray diffraction, Auger electron spectroscopy, amongst others.

The 3 technical divisions comprise more than thirty people, including engineers and technicians. Besides managing and making the equipment available, the technical divisions also :

  • develop new experimental devices and systems,
  • engage in training activities, and
  • provide services and assessments to industry, in particular for small and medium-sized enterprises (SME).




µMAX division



The μMAX division brings together the laboratory's common means of observation and analysis.

The competence, the experience and the professionalism of the personnel, allied to a park of powerful equipments, make it possible to support all the research activity of the Centre des Materiaux and to ensure expertise for the companies.


  • Preparation of all types of metallic materials, ceramics, polymers, elastomers and optical microscopy observations ;
  • Mechanical characterization by hardness measurement (micro or macro) ;
  • Characterization of structures, morphology and composition by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) or transmission (TEM) and microanalysis X ;
  • Phase identification by radiocrystallography (RX) ;
  • Mathematical morphology applied to the analysis and simulation of 2D and 3D images.
µMAX staff
The µMAX division in detail
  • Technical means for Metallography, Optical Microscopy & Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) and Transmission (TEM).


AT-JPE (mechanical workshop)



The mechanical workshop carries out mechanical assemblies (mechanical test machines, image furnaces, etc.), and manufactures all types of test specimens. The staff is composed of versatile skilled workers who can work on any machine tool.

AT-JPE staff


Permanent members


The ATIE division in detail
  • Technical means and achievements.


STAR (electronic instrumentation)

The electronic instrumentation workshop designs and realizes in relation with the research groups after having evaluated the needs in instrumentation and metrology:

  • the electronics of mechanical testing machines produced in the workshop ;
  • the electronics of sensors (gauges, LVDT) ;
  • follow-up actuators and systems (temperature, force, displacement) ;
  • specific measuring apparatus ;
  • the study and production of special sensors.

It also manages a quality-assurance unit, a network of calibrating load cells and provides maintenance for electronic apparatus.

STAR staff


Permanent members


The STAR division in detail
  • Technical means and achievements.



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