CIDAUT Foundation

CIDAUT Foundation is a private non-profit institution committed to strengthening the industrial fabric in the transport and energy sectors, through specific research and development programs. CIDAUT has as main objective to increase the competitiveness and industrial development of companies from the Transport (including Aeronautical and Surface transport) & Energy sectors, strengthening their technological capabilities to develop new products and processes trough R&D.
CIDAUT has an extensive experience in project management at Regional, National and European level, as it has participated in more than 300 research projects since 1993. Moreover, it has participated in more than 50 EU project, coordinating 8 of them. Nowadays CIDAUT counts with a staff of more than 200 people with experience in materials, process, measurements and simulation. CIDAUT’s research programs are closely connected with the following technological areas: Safety; Product-Process Improvement; Environmental Issues; Engines and Energy Systems.
CIDAUT is a major player among technological centres and maintains a presence in line with its stature in the main Spanish and European technological areas, where it works to promote the productive advances of its clients. CIDAUT is member, and is involved in several activities, of the following European organisations: ERTRAC (European Road Transport Research Advisory Council), ERF (European Road Federation), HFP (The European Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology Platform), EBPT (European Biofuel Technology Platform), EuMaT (European Technology Platform for Advanced Engineering Materials and Technologies), and RHC.ETP (Renewable Heating and Cooling European Technology Platform). Additionally CIDAUT Foundation is member of ASTM – American Society for Testing and Materials, TRB – Transport Research Board, SAE – Society of Automotive Engineers, ASA – Acoustical Society of America, IIAV – International Institute of Acoustics and Vibration, ISN – Integrated Safety Network, HUMANIST – Human Centred Design for Information Society Technologies.
CIDAUT has been with the European Materials Modelling Council (EMMC) since its foundation, acting as a translator for the industry, providing with information on the creation of material modelling simulation cards to reproduce the real experiment and working conditions of different materials and components.



AkzoNobel is a leading global producer of paints, coatings and specialty chemicals. A third of its 14,6 billion Euros revenue comes from the business area ‘Performance Coatings’; comprising an extensive portfolio, supplying high performance paints and coatings for ships, yachts, cars, trucks and busses, structural steel, architectural components, beverage cans, furniture, aircraft, mobile devices, flooring and household appliances.
Some of AkzoNobel Perfomance Coatings’ customers are Airbus, BP, Boeing, Bosch, Dell, Ford, IKEA, Philips, Samsung, Shell, Toyota, Whirlpool.
AkzoNobel have state of the art global spread production facilities and distribution channels of which some carry aerospace OEM site approvals. Within AkzoNobel Performance Coatings the dedicated Aerospace Coatings section is a recognized, leading and experienced Coating Supplier in Aerospace Industry including OEM qualified corrosion protective paints for the airframe structure inside and outside. Akzo has RD&I and world class centres of expertise (CoE) involving aerospace coating technology research developments in Europe Felling (UK), Sassenheim (NL) and Deventer (NL). On the subject of Chrome Free corrosion protection for Aerospace Akzo has intensive cooperation with OEM (Airbus), universities (Delft, Manchester, NDSU) and research institutes (Fraunhofer). Akzo filed a patent for corrosion inhibiting technology specific for aerospace alloys and believes they are technology leaders when it comes to CF primer development for structural/airframe protection by means of a coating. AkzoNobel is committed to invest long term in developments to replace Chrome (VI) use in coatings which is represented in their strategy and the fact CF technology for aero is classed as a top priority at corporate level. Serving several industrial markets and applications AkzoNobel can utilize best practices from other industries facing the same challenges (Coil, Automotive, etc)
AkzoNobel is also an active contributor to the Horizon 2020 / Clean Sky project 699751 Development of innovative and ECO-friendly airframe TECHnologies from design to manufacturing to improve aircraft life cycle environmental footprint (ecoTECH).


Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht

HZG – Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht Centre for Materials and Coastal Research is one of 18 members of the Helmholtz Association of German Research Centres, Germany’s largest science organisation. HZG is located in Geesthacht near Hamburg with branches in Teltow near Berlin and in Hamburg, with a total staff of approximately 950 employees, including about 650 scientists, engineers and technicians.
Major HZG research platforms include the German Engineering Materials Science Centre (GEMS), the Magnesium Innovation Centre (MagIC), the Light-weight Materials Assessment, Computing and Engineering Centre (ACE), the HZG Centre for Biomaterial Development, the Hydrogen Technology Centre (HTC) and COSYNA, the Coastal Observing System for Northern and Arctic Seas. These platforms are complemented by extensive experimental and testing facilities, pilot plants, mainframe computers, a research vessel and environmental monitoring facilities.
HZG engages in projects to support research and innovation at national and international levels. HZG holds more than 700 patents in areas such as advanced engineering materials and regenerative medicine. HZG maintains its own technology transfer department which provides services to HZG researchers covering e.g. protection of intellectual property, licencing, and support to spin-off.
HZG’s organisational structure is based on project management principles which promote networking of HZG’s activities internally and in particular with external partners. The latter include research institutes, universities, communities, private and public companies at both the national and international levels. About 76% of HZG’s annual budget (126 million Euro in 2015) are provided by the national federal and states governments, while 24% are generated via additional income such as EU and national research projects, contract research, and licensing of HZG patents for products and processes. High-level training and education for e.g. students, PhD-students, and post-docs play an important role at HZG and is provided by numerous of its institute and department leaders, several of which being part-time affiliated to universities. HZG maintains central administrative, financial, technology-transfer, legal and project management departments providing its researchers with full support in all related issues. HZG has gained experience for years and has cultivated a successful tradition in both the co-ordination of and participation in different types of EU projects. Since the year 2000, researchers at HZG have coordinated some 45, and have participated in more than 150 EU projects co-financed by the European Commission, mainly through FP5, FP6, FP7 and Horizon 2020 framework programmes.



Henkel founded in 1876 holds globally leading market positions both in the consumer and industrial sector today and is well known for brands such as Persil, Schwarzkopf and Loctite. The company is organized into three globally operating business units: Laundry & Home Care, Beauty Care and Adhesive Technologies. The Dax-30 company is headquartered in Düsseldorf, Germany, and proud of its about 50,000 employees from more than 120 nations worldwide.
The Adhesive Technology business unit has a broad technology & product portfolio and strong global presence in mature and emerging markets. Its focus is on industrial business segments like packaging & consumer goods, consumer & craftsmen & building, metals & transport, and electronics. For all, Henkel serves customers along the entire value chain and offers innovative solutions for adhesives and materials for e.g. semiconductor packaging, printed circuit board assembly and advanced soldering solutions worldwide with focus on e.g. sustainability and efficiency improvement by performing high standard and leading R&D. Henkel is uniquely positioned to deliver world-class materials products, process expertise and total solutions across the board to enable tomorrow’s industry.
The Henkel Adhesive Technologies’ aerospace division is a recognized technology leader in the industry with qualified manufacturer and airline specification approvals. The company is also an innovation leader, known for its best-in-class technologies such as adhesive films and pastes, conversion coatings and composite resins. Our products are used by every large aircraft manufacturer in the world. Henkel is the leader in structural adhesives and surface treatments for the aircraft OEM and MRO industries along the full value chain:


The Henkel’s New Business Development department pools innovation activities with a mid- to long-term scope ensuring organization-wide alignment of innovations and realizing synergies across technologies. Together with product development activities, this will enable Henkel to outperform the market as an innovation and technology leader driving competitive advantage.


Technische Universiteit Delft

Technische Universiteit Delft (TUD) is the oldest, largest and most comprehensive University of Technology in The Netherlands. It offers a wide variety of education in Science, Engineering and Design. TUD has shown its responsibility towards society by focusing its research on four global themes: Energy, Environment, Infrastructures, and Health. The university has a service called the Valorisation Centre, which contains specialised staff for the linkages with large companies and SME’s, life-long learning, patent policies and portfolio management, as well as advisors on grants.
Within the Faculty of Mechanical, Maritime and Materials Engineering (3mE), the Department of Materials Science and Engineering (MSE) undertakes coherent and innovative research dedicated to developing, producing, characterising and manipulating materials. In close collaboration with industry, through direct and joint government funding, the department develops novel concepts, knowledge and improvements for which a clear path to application can be effectuated through collaborating partners.
In this Department, the Corrosion Technology and Electrochemistry (CTE) research group will contribute to the ALMAGIC project. CTE focuses on the fundamentals of surface- and microscopic analysis and electrochemistry in order to elucidate the actual mechanisms of corrosion processes and protection technologies, experimentally observing corrosion (protection) mechanisms on the micrometre scale in interaction with microstructural features. On the basis of this fundamental understanding, corrosion inhibition technologies and the application of efficient corrosion protective pretreatments and coatings are being developed and mechanistically studied. Main themes of this research are:

  • Local electrochemical analysis of corrosion mechanisms
  • Interfacial bonding of organic coatings on metal (oxide) surfaces
  • Multifunctional and eco-friendly corrosion inhibitors and evaluation of smart coatings

Currently, the group is constituted of 2 scientific staff members, 7 PhD students and 3 post-doctoral researchers, funded through various sources.


Complutense University of Madrid

Complutense University of Madrid (UCM) is one of the oldest and most prestigious Universities in Spain. With 26 Faculties, 186 Departments, 18 Research Support Centres, more than 85,000 students and 9,000 staff of which nearly 6,000 are involved in teaching, it is Spain’s largest public research university. UCM offers Bachelor, Master and PhD degrees in a sweeping range of specialities in four areas: Humanities, Hard science and Nature, Health Science and Social Science. UCM forms part of the Campus Moncloa (Campus of International Excellence) and pursues three main objectives: to create and sustain effective professional learning, to foster scientific research and to disseminate knowledge and intrinsic values. Over the period of 2013-2016 the UCM has received over 18M € of international funding for its research. Only in 2014 it participated in 148 European projects, over 700 National/Regional programmes and more than 2,300 Industrial projects with total research budget of over 57M €. According to the Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWA) UCM is one of the four best universities in Spain.
The Participant Group of Characterization, Corrosion and Degradation of Materials of Technological Interest (CCRM, is a research group within the Faculty of Chemistry of the UCM. The group has over 30 years of experience in the field of corrosion, degradation and protection of advanced materials, such as aluminium, magnesium, titanium alloys, steels and metal matrix composites. The group is interested in alloy engineering and tailoring of surface functional properties. Specific areas of research include development of new magnesium alloys (role of alloying elements and semisolid processing) for transport and biomedical applications and advanced surface treatments by anodizing and plasma electrolytic oxidation (PEO) of Al-, Mg- and Ti-based substrates for a wide range of applications. The research output of the group in the last 10 years yielded over 20 research (competitive) and industrial projects, 6 PhD theses, 4 patents, over 40 contributions to national and international conferences and over 70 indexed papers. The group regularly collaborates with industrial partners, such as Talgo, Tecnicas Reunidas S.A., Ingeteam S.A., Maxam, ECA S.A., ESAB S.A., Decotec S.L., Acerinox S.A.