• Chemistry and Materials
  • Health and Nutrition
  • Transport and Mobility

Materials and Processes Department (DMP)

Research team


The research activity of the Materials and Processes Department is generally concerned with the synthesis and development of ceramic or composite materials and functional coatings. The applications are diverse.

The DMP carries out among others the synthesis of phosphocalcic powders and the realization of porous bone substitutes and their functionalization for the medical field. The DMP also develops expertise in manufacturing piezoelectric sensors/actuators and thermo-mechanical ceramics for the transport sector.

Various applications in the form of functional coatings, developed by soft chemistry, are also part of the department’s expertise.


  • Christian COURTOIS
    Deputy director
  • Carole DRAUX
    Secretary DMP


Boulevard Charles de Gaulle
Campus universitaire
59600 Maubeuge



Effectif total : 36

Personnel de recherche : 19

Personnel d'appui à la recherche : 8



• Ceramic powder synthesis, grinding and compaction, ceramic casting, ceramic additive manufacturing,

• Traditional heat treatments and microwave heating,

• Surface preparation, laser cutting, microstructural analysis, textural and surface analysis, thermal analysis,

• Mechanical characterizations, chemical-mineralogical-rheological analyses, biological tests, electrical characterizations

Example(s) of projects


• Interreg V Projects ; TECH2FAB, CUBISM, BIOHARV, TRANSPOR and H2020 REA (DOC 3D PRINTING project) and H2020 Marie-Curie (AIMED project)



Example(s) of publications

• Bone-like ceramic scaffolds designed with bioinspired porosity
induce a different stem cell response; 🡭

• Fabrication and characterization of PU/NKLNT/CFs based lead-free piezoelectric composite for energy harvesting application; 🡭

• Mechanical properties of thermally sprayed porous alumina coating by Vickers and Knoop indentation; 🡭

• Low-voltage plasma jet with piezoelectric generator: Preliminary evaluation of decontamination capabilities; 🡭

• Coupling additive manufacturing and microwave sintering: a fast processing route of alumina ceramics; 🡭

All la liste complète des publications : 🡭

Collaborations/Partners/Scientific clients

National : université Lille ( UCCS, INSERM, ENSCL), université Caen (CRISMAT), université Paul Sabatier Toulouse (labo Laplace), CEA Marcoule, institut franco-allemand de recherches Saint louis

International : U-Mons (Belgium), University of Porto (Portugal), Limerick University (Ireland), Institute of Glasses Madrid (Spain), El Jadida University (Morocco), Setif University (Algeria).

Collaborations/Partners/Private Clients

Pyfree DGA rapid project, Railenium Surfnet project

Services offers

Services provided

Ceramic synthesis,
ceramic casting,
additive manufacture,
traditional thermal treatments and microwave heating, surface preparation,
laser cutting,
microstrutural analyses,
surface and textural analyses, thermal analyses, mechanical characterizations, chemical-mineralogical-rheological analyses,
electrical characterizations,
feasibility studies,
industrial expertise,
process studies,
prototype production,
technology transfer.

Training offers

Scientific and technological training, characterization and implementation techniques.

Consulting services

Consulting services on all of our expertise, technological monitoring, innovation project support, information relay


Affiliated institutions / organisations

Partner institution(s)


Doctoral schools

Competitive cluster

Regional strategic areas of activity

  • Chemistry and Materials
    • Coatings and surface treatments
    • Industrial processes engineering, efficient processes
    • Recycling of materials and efficient use of material resources
    • Textiles, composites, materials
  • Health and Nutrition
    • Medicine of the future: new health equipment and e-health
    • Prevention, well-being and the silver economy
  • Transport and Mobility
    • Intelligent and autonomous vehicles
    • Multi-modality, flow management, infrastructure and logistics
    • Reduction of pollution and energy consumption
    • Robustness and reliability
    • Security and defense in transport