LIST MRT department


The Materials Research and Technology department (MRT) is a department of the Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology (LIST). At MRT, we pool our science and technology expertise to advance materials for industry and society, including the space sector.

Our research and technology activities target the following areas:

Nanomaterials and nanotechnology Composite materials Manufacturing and process technologies, including Scientific instrumentation


Development of innovative materials and manufacturing technologies

Targeting industrial applications, we develop innovative materials solutions in terms of (multi-)functionality, responsiveness, lightweight or durability.

Examples of achievements: adhesion, reversible adhesion, joining, thermal management, electrical conductivity, hard coatings, wear resistance, corrosion resistance, diffusion barriers, super-barriers, (photo-)catalysis, fire retardancy, (super)hydrophobic / hydrophilic coatings, anti-icing, mechanical/chemical sensors, anti-bacterial and biocompatible, optical and transparent functional materials, piezo-electric materials.

Development of scientific instruments

We develop mass spectrometers and ion sources for applications such as isotopic measurements in hydrology, tracking of particles in th atmosphere, homeland security and space exploration.

Modelling and design of structures and multifunctional composites

Through the use and development of mathematical and numerical modelling, we assist with design, research new features and optimise materials, processes and structures.

Characterization and testing of materials

We provide analytical services and effective support for root cause analysis, materials expertise, applied and fundamental research in materials and surface science, materials and surface engineering, technological development, mechanical, ageing and fire testing etc.


Up-scalable processing technologies

  • Synthesis of devices, nano-structures, nano-particles and organic chemistry
  • Powder engineering
  • Patterning, thin-film processing and engineering
  • Polymer processing
  • Composite manufacturing

Advanced characterisation & Functional measurements

  • Molecular analysis
  • Elemental and isotopic analyses
  • Structure, morphology and topography
  • Mechanical testing
  • Accelerated ageing
  • Fire testing
  • Thermal analysis
  • Characterization of optical & electrical properties

Numerical simulation

  • Commercial codes (finite element, molecular dynamics, crystal plasticity)
  • In-house codes (finite element, composite, boundary element method, e-Xtended finite element, XEFG)


Airbus Defence and Space, Axon’, CNES, Centre Spatial de Liège, ESA, I-space, Kleos, Luxspace, NASA, Thales Alenia Space


  • Super-black coating technology for complex opto-mechanical systems
  • Miniaturised chemical sensor for the monitoring of molecular contamination on payload surfaces.
  • Printed mechanical and thermal sensors for spacecraft hardware
  • Anti-microbial / antifungal surface treatments for confined inhabited environment in human spaceflight.
  • Composite materials for in-space manufacturing
  • Anti-static ETFE based nanocomposite
  • Improved thermal conductivity of epoxy resin
  • Carbon-based solutions for super-capacitors, Li-ion batteries and fuel cells
  • Software tool enabling numerical analyses of composite space structures
  • Miniaturized mass spectrometer for space exploration

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