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The National Center for Metallurgical Research (CENIM) is one of the most prestigious and traditional research centers of CSIC (Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas), the Spanish Public Agency for Scientific Research. CENIM is at the forefront of Spanish research in Metallurgy and Metallic Materials since its creation in 1963. The initial activity of CENIM was mainly aimed at providing technological support to the Spanish steel industry, but is currently a multidisciplinary Center, bringing together researchers from the Area of Science and Technology of Materials, with a long tradition in the country and South America. It also has a remarkable international presence worldwide. It is a reference center for the Spanish metallurgical industry. Today, CENIM is an active and dynamic Center, evolving and adaptable.
During these years, CENIM has contributed to the technological development of the country and to the formation of researchers who have been the seed of other prestigious centers. At present, CENIM´s workers plant is around 130 professionals, including staff researchers, contracted doctors, scholarship holders and students conducting their Doctoral Thesis as well as specialized technicians who carry out their work in different research and service areas, administration and maintenance laboratories.
Its current location, at the CSIC Campus in Moncloa (grouping the Biological Research Center (CIB) and the Institute of Food Science and Technology and Nutrition (ICTAN), surrounded by Experimental Sciences Faculties of Universidad Complutense and Universidad Politécnica, Madrid, places us in an unequaled framework to establish collaboration with the academic world in different research areas and for different degrees in student formation. In addition, CENIM collaborates with different Schools for the training of technicians through specific programs.
The funding for the research is obtained from different agencies, both international and national, through competitive calls, as well as contracts with companies. CENIM also plays an important role in the transfer of knowledge, making the results of scientific research available to society through the generation of patents. These achievements are currently reflected in different fields such as the design of new structural and functional advanced metallic materials, surface coatings, bio-materials and recycling or processes for industrial and even biotechnological development.
CENIM is equipped with specialized scientific services laboratories which, in addition to providing support to the Center’s and CSIC’s R&D&I projects, provide support to other Public Research Centers, Universities, Technological Centers and Companies. We also have an excellent library, which has one of the most important bibliographic funds in the field of Metallurgy and a network of research support services including Management, Computer, and Communications and the Maintenance Unit.

Number of employees:  130
Turnover before tax:     

– mechanical properties
– creep behavior
– metal-matrix composites (MMC)
– aluminium alloys
– microstructure
– crystallographic texture analysis
– residual stress analysis
– friction stir welding


 Dr. Gaspar González-Doncel
 Dept. Metalurgia Fisica (Dept. of Physical Metallurgy)
 Av. de Gregorio del Amo 8
 28040 Madrid (Spain)

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