Current laboratory

LEM3 laboratory
(since 2020)

The laboratory of study of microstructures, mechanics and material sciences (In French: Laboratoire d'Étude des Microstructures et de Mécanique des Matériaux), also known as the LEM3, is a French laboratory of research located in Metz (F-57070). As an interdisciplinary research center, the LEM3 combines solid mechanics, metallurgy, materials science, chemistry and physics. The scientific excellence of the laboratory is acknowledged by internationally recognized researchers and the combined authority of the CNRS, the Université de Lorraine and the engineering school Arts et Métiers ParisTech. The LEM3 is part of the Carnot Institute ARTS and currently employs more than 150 persons.

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Previous laboratory

Institute of Physical Metallurgy and Materials Physics (IMM)

The Institute of Physical Metallurgy and Materials Physics (IMM) from the RWTH Aachen University, in Aachen (Aix-le-Chapelle) in Germany.


The IMM (Instute für Metallkunde und Materialphysic or Institute of Physical Metallurgy and Materials Physics) is headed by Prof. Dr. Sandra Korte-KerzelSandra Korte-Kerzel since the retirement of Prof. Dr. Günter Gottstein in 2013. The institute is focused on nano-mechanical testing (nanoindenter, tensile/compression tests) and characterization technics (X-Ray, SEM, SEM-FIB, TEM/HRTEM) to understand and improved mechanical behaviors of complexe materials. The laboratory has also strong capabilities in samples preparation (metling furnaces, single-/ bicrystals growth) and miscellenous heat treatments. [More information]

Institute I: General Materials Properties

The Institute I for General Materials Properties is part of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering of the Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nürnberg.

The research topics of the institute for general materials properties are related with the mechanical properties of structural materials in a broad sense. Testing of the mechanical properties from the nanoscale to macroscopic properties is performed on all aspects including high temperature properties, fatigue, creep, friction and wear. Our research direction is focused on understanding the properties from a micro and nanostructural basis. Therefore microsopic techniques from electron microscopy and scanning probe microscopy to optical techniques are applied to evaluate the microstructural constitution of materials on all length scales. [More information]

Pprime Institute

The Pprime (P') Institute is a CNRS (French national center for scientific research) research center founded in 2010 in collaboration with ISAE-ENSMA and the University of Poitiers. Composed of more than 600 employees, the research focuses are the engineering sciences and materials physics. The institute is divided in three departments: Physics and Mechanics of Materials – Fluids, Thermal and Combustion Sciences  – Mechanical Engineering and Complex Systems. [More information]