Rheology of Earth Materials :

Closing the gap between timescales in the laboratory and in the mantle

11 July 2019: Two new beneficiaries join the TimeMan project

EMAT (Electron Microscopy for Materials Science) is a research group of the Department of Physics of the Faculty of Science of the University of Antwerp, Belgium.

EMAT has established for many years as one of the leading electron microscopy centers in the world with a vast expertise in both fundamental and applied electron microscopy. EMAT has several state of the art electron microscopes including two aberration corrected, high end FEI-Titan instruments, a dual beam FIB, and the dedicated Push-to-Pull deformation specimen holder which is central in the project. EMAT hosts several ERC grantees (Gustaaf Van Tendeloo, Jo Verbeeck and Sandra Van Aert).


iMMC (Institute of Mechanics, Materials and Civil Engineering) of Université catholique de Louvain (UCLouvain), Belgium.

With four ERC grants awarded in 2016 and 2017, a panoply of successful spin off companies such as eX-Stream, Axinesis, Polyflow and WaPT and several world-recognized scientists,  the Institute of Mechanics, Materials, and Civil Engineering (iMMC) is a leading international center for research in engineering. UCL hosts a technological platform dedicated to micro- and nano-fabrication. This platform maintains a 1000 m2 cleanroom infrastructure with a large high-tech equipment fleet (more than 50 machines), and offers an access to a wide range of advanced techniques for thin-films deposition, thin-films etching, surface patterning, micromachining and back-end processes. This facility has allowed iMMC to develop cutting edge lab-on-chip devices with original applications in the field of mechanical testing at small scales.