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

Materials Characterization Platform (CERALAB)



The CERALAB platform brings together a range of analytical and test equipment to perform material characterizations.

Dedicated to the needs of the research carried out at CERAMATHS-DMP, the equipment can be pooled at the regional research level, as is the case of "ANAMAT", a platform for microstructural analysis equipment of the SEM-typeFEG-EDS-WDS, and more generally within the framework of extensive international academic collaborations.

This equipment is also made available to companies as part of the transfer activity developed by CERAMATHS-DMP in support of the economic development actions deployed by the Community of Agglomeration Maubeuge Val de Sambre (CAMVS).

The CERALAB platform is equipped with equipment to perform numerous chemical, structural, microstructural, textural, mechanical and electrical characterizations. It thus makes it possible to provide fine expertise both for research needs but also in relation to industrial issues related to ceramic, metallic, polymer, composite and coating materials.


    Deputy director
  • Pascal LAURENT
    Valorization manager


Boulevard Charles de Gaulle
Campus universitaire
59600 Maubeuge


Chiffres clés

5 to 10 industrial research and innovation projects per year, numerous interreg and European research projects,

Other key figures: 50 to 80 service contracts each with about 30 companies each year. Regional, national and international coverage



• Multiple analytical expertise in materials and coatings,

• Scientific support for academic and industrial research projects,

• Support in setting up innovation projects.

Example(s) of projects

Material expertise, material characterizations, implementation of test protocols

Collaborations/Partners/Scientific clients

Nationales : Université Lille ( UCCS, INSERM, ENSCL), Université Caen (CRISMAT), UUniversité Paul Sabatier Toulouse (labo Laplace), CEA Marcoule, Institut franco-allemand de recherches Saint louis

Internationales : 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

Rapid DGA Pyfree project, Railenium Surfnet project , interreg projects

Services offers

Services provided

Microstructural analyses, textural and surface analyses, thermal analyses, mechanical characterizations, chemical-mineralogical-rheological analyses, electrical characterizations, feasibility studies, industrial expertise.

Training offers

Scientific and technological training, characterization techniques.

Consulting services

Consulting services on all of our expertise, technological monitoring, support for innovation projects and information relays.


All equipments are listed here : 🡭


Nom Modèle Marque
MEB FEG + EDS/WDS ANAMAT electron microscope SU5000/ HITACHI
RX Diffractometer X-Pert pro/ Panalytical
Laser granulometer 3000/ Malvern
Contact angle DSA 100/ Kruss
ATD/ATG/DSC thermal analysis LabsysEvo/ Setaram
Vickers Durometer ZHU 0.2/ Zwick/Roll
IR Spectrometer FTIR 4600/ JASCO
Piezoelectric analysis system TF analyser 2000E/ Aixacct
Hg porosimeter Autopore IV/ Micromeritics
BET specific surface Tristar II Plus/ Micromeritics


Affiliated institutions / organisations

Université Polytechnique Hauts-de-France (UPHF)

Unit(s) of attachment


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
  • Energy and Environment
    • Energy efficiency and storage
  • Health and Nutrition
    • Prevention, well-being and the silver economy
  • Transport and Mobility
    • Intelligent and autonomous vehicles
    • Robustness and reliability