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, documentary and administrative services, optical and electron microscopy, image analysis, X-ray diffraction, Auger electron spectroscopy, and computing, amongst others.

The 5 technical divisions comprise more than thirty people, including engineers, technicians and administration personnel. 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).




Documentation division


Odile ADAM

  • Essentially in English; online catalogue:
  • The database is made up of some 60 titles of periodicals and approximately 4,000 specialized works in the Centre's fields of activity.
  • Between the various École des Mines in France (SISTEM server:;
  • Exchanges between the École Polytechnique (Palaiseau), CEA (Saclay), the university library (Évry), CECM (Vitry-sur-Seine).
  • Bibliographical and document research;
  • Assistance in the drafting of bibliographical references;
  • Online processing of completed PhD theses on the on-line ParisTech server called Pastel :


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).


ATIE division : ATelier, Instrumentation Électronique



The "ATelier, Instrumentation Électronique" division (ATIE) consists of two complementary entities :

  • the mechanical workshop (AT)
  • the electronic instrumentation workshop (IE)

A close collaboration between these two entities allowed the design and the realization of complete sets machine / instrumentation.

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.

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.

ATIE staff


Permanent members


The ATIE division in detail
  • Technical means and achievements.


SIC division : Système d'Information et de Communication



The "Système d'Information et de Communication" division (SIC) is responsible for :

  • computer resources
    the management, in the broad sense, of the computer park covers.
    It covers maintenance and evolution of hardware, installation and deployment of software. License management and centralized data backup of servers and client computers (especially nomadic).
  • calculation resources
    the management of computing resources (workstations) and in particular of the parallel computer.
  • communication systems
    the division manages the telephone and IT networks of the center, and provides the associated services (e-mail, internet access, etc.).
  • Diagnosis and hardware maintenance ;
  • Multi-platform system administration : Linux, Solaris, Windows, HP-UX, AIX, IRIX, MacOSX ;
  • Network management in secure architecture : firewalls, address translations, virtual LANs, filtering ;
  • User Training : Work Environment and Operating Systems Course ;
  • Application development : intranet, internet, IT resource management tools, supervision tools.
SIC staff


AMI division : Analyse ― Microscopie ― Images



The "Analysis ― Microscopy ― Images" division (AMI) is responsible for the common observation and analysis facilities of the laboratory.

The skills, experience and professionalism of the staff, combined with sophisticated equipments, provide adequate support for the Centre des Matériaux's research activities and the provision of expertise for external companies.


  • Preparation of all types of metallic materials, ceramics, polymers, elastomers and optical microscopy observations ;
  • Characterization of the mechanical properties by the measurement of the hardness test (micro or macro) ;
  • Description of structures, morphology and composition by scanning electron microscopy and X-ray microanalysis ;
  • Preparation of thin layers (ionic, electrolytic and mechanical thinning), observation, X-ray and EELS nano-analysis by transient electron microscopy, atomic structure by METHR ;
  • X-ray crystallocrystallography : phase identification, textures, determination of residual stresses, orientation of polymers, long-period measurements (SAXS), Laüe ;
  • Mathematical morphology applied to the analysis and simulation of 2D and 3D images of complex microstructures.

Frank Nguyen



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