The scientific strategy is based on the continuum and balance between an academic research of the best international level and a strong partnership research oriented towards innovation. For this, CIRIMAT develops 4 perennial Scientific Axes:
- Materials science and engineering
- Nanomaterials , nanostructured materials
- Coatings and deposition processes
- Aging and durability of materials
In addition, Transverse Axes intended to promote synergies are put forward periodically. The three Transverse Axes 2021-2025 are: Biopolymers, Thermoelectric Materials, Hydrogen.
CIRIMAT conducts multidisciplinary research on all families of materials (metals, alloys, ceramics, polymers, composites, multimaterials) in the form of powders, thin films, coatings, massive pieces, from their conception to their behavior in service.
This research, both fundamental and applied, deals with current scientific questions in fields with strong industrial and societal impact: Aeronautics (aircraft and engines), Space, Energy (production and storage), Electronics, Health, Environment, Building.
Each year, more than 100 new contracts are launched within the framework of publicly and/or privately funded programs: Universities, ANR, FUI, PSPC, DGA, DGE, ADEME, ONERA, CNES, Europe (Flagship, FP7, H2020, Marie Curie …), industrial contracts (through joint laboratories, CIFRE or other agreements), …
In addition to publishing about 140 articles per year in peer-reviewed journals, CIRIMAT’s scientists are involved in operations aimed at filling the gap between lab discoveries on new materials and real-life technological applications. The previous five-year contract thus saw 60 patents and 5 concessions of operating licenses.
CIRIMAT has thus established strong and lasting links with industrial partners (major groups, subcontractors, SMEs, start-ups), in France and abroad, which have earned it the label Institut Carnot as of the first cal for tenders in 2006. This label was renewed in 2011. In 2016, CIRIMAT and partners in Montpellier joined forces and were once again awarded the label, as Institut Carnot Chimie Balard CIRIMAT . This label was renewed in 2019.
Involved in Quality Management, CIRIMAT has been ISO 9001 certified since 2012.