The Instituto de Ciencia de Materiales de Madrid (ICMM) is an institute of the Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientificas (CSIC) (Spanish National Research Council) founded in December 1986, that belongs to the Area of Science and Technology of Materials, one of the eight Areas in which the CSIC divides its research activities.


Our mission is to create new fundamental and applied knowledge in materials of high technological impact, their processing and their transfer to the productive sectors at local, national and European scales (the true value of materials is in their use), the training of new professionals, and the dissemination of the scientific knowledge.

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Moiré patterns and spontaneous deformations in 2D crystals
Pablo San-Jose  read more


Viscosity of 2D Topological Phases
Barry Bradlyn  read more


Resonancias ferromagnética y antiferromagnética de ondas de spin y transiciones de campo cristalino en RCrO3 (R= Pr, Sm, Er) a temperaturas ultrabajas en la región espectral THz
Néstor E. Massa  read more

The Meeting Point of Carbonaceous Materials and Clays: Toward a New Generation of Functional Composites

Margarita Darder, Pilar Aranda, Cristina Ruiz-García, Francisco M. Fernandes and Eduardo Ruiz-Hitzky

Carbon and clays are worldwide?spread natural resources known and used for centuries by humans. In spite of their differences, both have been combined to produce diverse types of functional materials, from conventional pencil cores to advanced hybrid composites. The presence of highly conductive graphene and/or carbon nanotubes allows for their use in applications ranging from elements of electrochemical devices to additives for polymer nanocomposites, pollution adsorbents, or active catalysts. Both top-down and bottom?up strategies can be applied to conveniently assemble carbon and clay counterparts. Moreover, such synthetic strategies can be tailored to produce adequate nanostructured materials and/or associate other species. This critical review presents the latest advances on this topic, addressing aspects related to the possibility to produce hybrid materials based on their functionalization capacity.

Adv. Func. Mater. 2017

Use of clays as mediators in CNT?based materials

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