About The Centre for the Micro Analysis of Materials

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The Centre for the Micro Analysis of Materials (CMAM) is a research centre belonging to the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (UAM). CMAM is the result of a project financed though the FEDER program and developed under the guidance of the Instituto de Ciencia de Materiales Nicolás Cabrera (INC).

The project was managed, since July 1998, by a Managing Technical Committee chaired by Prof. Fernando Agulló López, assisted by an Advisory Committee formed by outstanding members of the Spanish scientific, cultural and academic community.

In 2002 the UAM established that the INC had fully and satisfactorily accomplished the start-up of CMAM that was officially inaugurated on March 24 2003, becoming then a university research centre independent from the INC.

The building that hosts the laboratories is located in 3 Faraday street of the Cantoblanco Campus and consists of two separate parts: the accelerator vault and the service building for offices, laboratories, and auxiliary services.

The experimental equipment consists of the accelerator, its beam lines, dedicated to various application areas and several ancillary equipments (micro-analytical techniques, sample preparation). The accelerator, built by HVEE, is of the tandem type and the acceleration system is of the Cockroft-Walton type. It is provided with two sources: a plasma source for gaseous substances and a sputtering source for obtaining practically any element of the periodic table from a solid target.

The building that hosts the laboratories is located in 3 Faraday street of the Cantoblanco Campus and consists of two separate parts: the accelerator vault and the service building for offices, laboratories, and auxiliary services. 

The main objectives of the Centre are:

  1. Performing advanced research in all areas where ion beam techniques can be applied like: Materials Science, Micro-Electronics and Opto-Electronics, Magnetism, Nanotechnology, Environmental Sciences, Biology y Bio-medicine, Nuclear Physics, Energy, Archaeology and Cultural Heritage. The CMAM is comitted to the most extended collaboration with other research centres, to participating in international scientific projects, to maintaining a frontline position at European level.
  2. Disseminating the ion beam techniques both within the scientific and technological community of Spain and the industrial Spanish infrastructure, as well as the society as a whole.
  3. Taking care of the training of technical staff as well as of university students through Master courses and post grade studies.
The organisation of the CMAM includes collegial boards, personal charges and divisions:
  • The collegial boards are: Direction Committee, Internal Scientific Committee, Centre Assembly, Advisory Scientific Committee.
  • The personal charges are: Director, Vice director, Manager, Radiological Protection Officer, Quality officer, Coordinator for the prevention of working risks.
  • The divisions are: Administration and Human Resources Division, Technical Division, Scientific Division.

View the CMAM Organization chart.