MatéIS Laboratory

The Matériaux, Ingénierie et Science – MatéIS laboratory (Materials, Engineering and Science) is dedicated mainly to the study of structural and multifunctional materials, with a multidisciplinary approach including Physics, Chemistry and Mechanics.
MatéIS follows an holistic approach, which is applied during processing under multi-physic and complex conditions as well as the behavior in service. MATEIS' research focuses on relations between Process-Microstructure-Properties, with an experimental and/or a modelling approach.
MatéIS is involved on major societal issues: health, energy, environment, transport and building applications.
The laboratory, a joint research unit of INSA de Lyon, Université Claude Bernard – Lyon 1, and CNRS, comprising 180 researchers, has a long tradition of science implemented towards the industrial (clinical) scale and of collaborative projects. MatéIS focuses on bulk properties but is also strongly involved in the study of surfaces as described for each research team below.


The strategy of national and international collaboration of MatéIS is implemented through active participations and coordinations of different networksl. MatéIS is member of:
  • The Ingélyse and Institut de Chimie de Lyon - ICL federations;
  • CLYM, the Consortium of Microscopy on the Lyon Saint-Etienne site;
  • Two laboratories of Excellence (LabEx) : The Institute for MUltiscale Science & Technology - Imust, and Manutech-SISE;
  • The Manutech-SLEIGHT Graduate School;
  • The Carnot network Ingenierie@Lyon.
MatéIS leads or participates in several national research groups, such as the CNRS Research Group (GDR) “Réparer l’humain”, and international networks (International Research Network Elyt Global). The Laboratory also collaborates closely with the Tohoku University in Sendaï (International Research Laboratory Elyt Max).


Five teams are involved in the research activities of the Manutech-SLEIGHT Graduate-School.


The CorrIS team studies surface reactivity phenomena. By means of electrochemical characterization, CorrIS understands the reaction mechanisms that occur when a material is exposed to an aqueous environment.
In this context, CorrIS mainly studies the passivation phenomena that occur to protect materials. However, it is also concerned with the multi-functionality of materials by considering multiphysical coupling phenomena such as in stress corrosion or tribocorrosion.
Thus on the basis of a multi-scale approach, CorrIS contributes to the development of new biomaterials and also develops new grades of alloys dedicated to energy materials. To carry out its work CorrIS undertakes many experimental developments including local electrochemical measurements, measurement of tribocorrosion under irradiation and finally measurement of the dielectric characteristics of the passive film by surface plasmon measurements.

  • Z. Zhang, B. Ter-Ovanessian, S. Marcelin, Bernard Normand, Investigation of the passive behavior of a Ni–Cr binary alloy using successive electrochemical impedance measurements, Electrochimica Acta 353 (2020) 1, Article 136531.
  • B. Normand, N. Bererd, P. Martinet, S. Marcelin, M. Moine, J. Feirrera, D. Baux, T. Sauvage, N. Moncoffre, Electrochemical behaviour of austenitic stainless steel under tribological stresses and irradiation, Corrosion Science 176 (2020), 108945.
  • Z. Zhang, B. Ter-Ovanessian, S. Marcelin, Bernard Normand, Investigation of the passive behavior of a Ni–Cr binary alloy using successive electrochemical impedance measurements, Electrochimica Acta 353 (2020) 1, Article 136531.
  • A. Impergre, A.M. Trunfio-Sfarghiu, C. Der-Loughian, L. Brizuela, S. Mebarek, B. Ter-Ovanessian, A. Bel-Brunon, Y. Berthier, B. Normand, Tribocorrosion of Polyethylene/Cobalt Contact Combined with Real-Time Fluorescence Assays on Living Macrophages: Development of A Multidisciplinary Biotribocorrosion Device, Biotribology 18 (2019) 100091.
  • A. Impergre, B. Ter-Ovanessian, C. Der Loughian, B. Normand, Systemic strategy for biocompatibility assessments of metallic biomaterials: Representativeness of cell culture medium, Electrochimica Acta, 283 (2018), 1017-1027 (IF=5,116).


The CERA team works on the processing and the characterization of ceramics and ceramics-based composites. In addition to a complete sintering platform, several additive manufacturing of ceramics are available (robocasting, wire deposition, stereolithography), some located in the 3D Fab platform on LyonTech La Doua campus. Collaborative work with the Polymer, Glasses and Heterogenous Materials - PVMH and the METAL teams of MATEIS enable the process of polymer-ceramic and metal-ceramic composites. The team has also a strong expertise on the mechanical characterization of ceramics at macro and microscale.

  • L Gremillard, C. Wei, J Chevalier, K. Hans, T. Oberach, A fast, stepwise procedure to assess time-temperature equivalence for hydrothermal ageing of zirconia-based materials, Journal of the European Ceramic Society, 38 (1), pp. 181-186, 2018
  • L Tabard, E Prud'Homme, V Garnier, L Gremillard, Hierarchical salt-ceramic composites for efficient thermochemical energy storage, Applied Materials Today 20, 100658, 2020
  • J Chevalier, A Liens, H Reveron, F Zhang, P Reynaud, T Douillard, Laura Preiss, Valter Sergo, Vanni Lughi, Mike Swain, Nicolas Courtois, Forty years after the promise of «ceramic steel?»: Zirconia‐based composites with a metal‐like mechanical behavior, Journal of the American Ceramic Society 103 (3), 1482-1513, 2020
  • RSF Pereira, CG Moura, B Henriques, J Chevalier, FS Silva, MC Fredel, Influence of laser texturing on surface features, mechanical properties and low-temperature degradation behavior of 3Y-TZP, Ceramics International 46 (3), 3502-3512 2020
  • H Saad, K Radi, T Douillard, D Jauffres, CL Martin, S Meille, S Deville, A simple approach to bulk bioinspired tough ceramics, Materialia, n°100807, 2020
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I2B focuses on the development of new biomaterials and surfaces, and on the interactions between materials and biological environment, in situation very close to clinical cases. In collaboration with the CERA team, IB2 works on laser modification of surfaces to improve the mechanical adherence of living tissues on materials and biomaterials.

  • L. Gremillard, L. Cardenas, H. Reveron, T. Douillard, A. Vogl, K. Hans, T. Oberbach, Microstructure and Hydrothermal Ageing of Alumina-Zirconia Composites Modified by Laser Engraving, Journal of the European Ceramic Society, 2020, 40 (5), 2077-89
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The METAL team works on the relationship between microstructures and thermo-mechanical properties of metallic materials. The activity of the METAL group covers several fundamental themes for metals in the field of materials science such as: production processes, heat treatments, the study of phase transformations and the understanding of mechanical properties through microstructure / property correlations, in situ tests and multi-scale simulations. These activities are linked to major societal issues in the fields of transport, energy and health.

  • Fabrication of artificial defects to study internal fatigue crack propagation in metals, A Junet, A Messager, X Boulnat, A Weck, E Boller, L Helfen, JY Buffière, Scripta Mater (2019)
  • Rotational-electron channeling contrast imaging analysis of dislocation structure in fatigued copper single crystal, G L'hôte, C Lafond, P Steyer, S Deschanel, T Douillard, C Langlois, S Cazottes, Scripta Materialia 162, 103-107 (2019)
  • Mixed-mode model for ferrite-to-austenite phase transformation in dual-phase steel, M Ollat, M Militzer, V Massardier, D Fabregue, E Buscarlet, F Keovilay, M Perez, Computational Materials Science 149, 282-290 (2018)
  • Microstructure characterization by X-ray tomography and EBSD of porous FeCr produced by liquid metal dealloying, M Mokhtari, C Le Bourlot, J Adrien, A. Bonnin, T. Wada, J Duchet-Rumeau, H Kato, E Maire, Mater. Charac. ‏144(2018)
  • 3D characterization and modeling of low cycle fatigue damage mechanisms at high temperature in a cast aluminum alloy, S Dezecot, V Maurel, JY Buffiere, F Szmytka, A Koster, Acta Materialia 123, 24-34 (2017)
  • Formation of carbon Cottrell atmospheres and their effect on the stress field around an edge dislocation, O Waseda, RGA Veiga, J Morthomas, P Chantrenne, CS Becquart, F Ribeiro, A Jelea, H Goldenstein, M Perez, Scripta Materialia 129, 16-19 (2017)

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The SNMS team is characterizing all types of materials and surfaces using electron and ion microscopies. They propose original methods of characterization involving SEM and TEM. Moreover, the SNMS team members are deeply involved in the CLYM platform, gathering heavy microscopy facilities in both St-Etienne and Lyon cities. The SNMS know-how is illustrated by their innovative studies on crystalline orientation mapping and sub-nanometric chemical analysis. They are also developing specific strategies to observe, in situ, at the meso- and nano-scales, the continuous modification of a stressed material. Latest developments are now devoted to the consideration of the environment on the material dynamics, in surface as well as volume, leading to operando approaches.

  • C Lafond, T Douillard, S Cazottes, M De Graef, P Steyer, C Langlois, Towards large scale orientation mapping using the eCHORD method, Ultramicroscopy 208, 112854, 2020.
  • X Bai, M Bugnet, C Frontera, P Gemeiner, J Guillot, D Lenoble, IC Infante, Crystal Growth Mechanisms of BiFeO3 Nanoparticles, Inorganic Chemistry 58 (17), 11364, 2019.
  • A Etiemble, C Lopes, GI Nkou Bouala, J Borges, A Malchère, C Langlois, F Vaz, P Steyer, Fracture resistance of Ti-Ag thin films deposited on polymeric substrates for biosignal acquisition applications, Surface and Coatings Technology 358, 646, 2019.
  • EJ Frankberg, J Kalikka, L Joly-Pottuz, S Koneti, T Douillard, B Le Saint, T Epicier, L Roiban, K Masenelli-Varlot et al., Highly ductile amorphous oxide at room temperature and high strain rate, Science 366 (6467) 864, 2019.
  • T Epicier, S Koneti, P Avenier, A Cabiac, AS Gay, L Roiban, 2D & 3D in situ study of the calcination of Pd nanocatalysts supported on delta-Alumina in an Environmental TEM, Catalysis Today 334, 68, 2019.
  • M Faustini, A Cattoni, J Peron, C Boissière, P Ebrard, A Malchère, P Steyer, D Grosso, Dynamic shaping of femtoliter dew droplets, ACS nano 12 (4), 3243-3252, 2018.
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