Department of Materials Science and Engineering


Research Box - MSE

Evaluation of data acquired at the Electron Microscope (EM)-laboratory.
Evaluation of data acquired at the Electron Microscope (EM)-laboratory. Photo: Geir Mogen/NTNU

The Department of Materials Science and Engineering offers a wide variety of research areas including inorganic materials and ceramics, metal production and recycling, the physical properties and usage of different metals and research on materials for energy technology such as solar cells.


Research groups

Research groups at IMA


A research group covering electrochemical energy, corrosion and surface science and electrolysis

Functional Materials and Materials Chemistry

The functional materials and materials chemistry research group (FACET) has a wide range of research interests, from practical application in the aluminium industry, to the impact of individual atoms on the properties and functionality of materials. The FACET group have leading expertise in the fields of ferroic materials and phenomena, materials for energy technology, ceramics and coatings, nanomaterials and nanodevices.

Physical Metallurgy

This research group focus on development and usage of different materials such as different light metals and steel. This includes research on solidification, welding and different joining techniques, thermo-mechanical processing and material modeling.

Resources, Energy & Environment

The recycling of metals is a modern field in metallurgy. The Resources, Energy & Environment group recycles all types of metals such as iron, silicon, aluminum and rare earth elements


Activities across several research groups


Battery Activity

A research team focused on various aspects of materials for battery technology.

Synergy Group - Biomedical Materials Science

The biomedical research effort within the Department of Materials Science and Engineering is dedicated to the understanding of interactions of inorganic and organic materials, ranging from single molecules to full scale implants, with biological systems, in particular the human body.



SFI Centre for Research-based Innovation


Metal Production

Metal Production is an interdisciplinary Centre for Innovation-based Research (SFI). During the next decades, the Norwegian metal industry will need to achieve even higher-quality output with more efficient use of resources and energy.


PhysMet - Centre for Sustainable and Competitive Metallurgical and Manufacturing Industry, is a centre for research-based innovataion (SFI) appointed by The Research Council of Norway from 2020-2028. The goal of the centre is to establish knowledge and technology to realise new innovative materials solutions in cost-efficient, low-carbon production chains in the metallurgical and manufacturing industry in Norway.


ERC Grants