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Impact of Built Environment and Nanomaterials

The Department of Impacts of the Built Environment and Nanomaterials (IMCN) conducts interdisciplinary research corresponding to the fundamental research field of material science. Thus, the IMCN carries out studies and research on the impact of environmental factors on construction, recycling and reuse of construction and demolition waste, assessment of binder / aggregate compatibility, micro and nanomaterial production, physico-chemical and microstructural characterization of oxides and metallic materials, thermal treatments for improving the properties of oxide and metallic materials, evaluation of the durability of oxide materials by performing corrosion tests (in various aggressive environments), frost cleftness tests etc. The research staff is qualified in the field of oxide and metallic materials, with a high level of professional training in the activity fields of the Department. The IMCN is equipped with state-of-the-art infrastructure that can successfully carry out all the specific activities in the Department’s profile.

Questions and Answers on the Commission Recommendation on the definition of Nanomaterial – European Commission

Area Of Competence

  • Monitoring and evaluation of the environment`s impact on the degradation of buildings;

  • Assessing the durability of building materials and their recycling;

  • Ecological assessment and rehabilitation of monuments / hydrotechnical constructions;

  • Synthesis of nanomaterials usable in environmental protection;

  • Production and characterization of oxide and metallic materials;

  • Realization of physical models and layouts;

  • Technical assistance, consultancy, expertise in the fields of: durability of building materials; reduction, reuse and recycling of materials; characterization of materials; environmental impact of constructions; and impact of aggressive environment on constructions.


  • Studies on water aggressiveness on hydrotechnical structures;

  • Research on the compatibility of cements with aggregates (alkali-aggregate reactions) and the choice of cement type according to the construction exploitation conditions;

  • Research on the influence of aggressive external factors (natural aggression and / or environmental pollution) on hydrotechnical concrete and other construction materials;

  • Research on the recycling and reuse of construction waste and demolition waste;

  • Studies on the monitoring of the chemistry of natural and anthropogenic aggressive waters and the study of deposits of solubilized and leached materials from different structures;

  • Research on corrosion phenomena in coastal environment (marine).

  • Research on obtaining and developing nanomaterials with applicability in environmental protection;

  • Complex microstructural characterization of (nano) materials, applicable in environmental protection;

  • Assessment of the physical and mechanical properties of oxide and metallic materials;

  • Calorimetric analysis in order to determine the behavior of oxide and metallic materials;

  • Development of physical modelsand prototypes.

IMCN Infrastructure

Year: 2015
Producer: HITACHI

The scanning electron microscope SU-70 is an indispensable system to obtain valuable microstructural information, with the possibility to analyze even nanoscale formations. The high resolution (1.0 to 15 kV secondary electron image and 1.6 to 1kV secondary electron image using the deceleration technique), with a very wide magnification (25-800000 x), is fitted with dual functioning objective lens (high imaging of the sample in a magnetic field and field-free operating mode for magnetic samples). The scanning microscope is equipped with two detectors EDS and EBSD. The EDS detector allows the detection of the chemical elements from Be to Cf on an active surface of 50 mm2. The EBSD detector, with an effective resolution of 1344 × 1024, can operate even with low current of up to 100pA. It can be used to obtain maps with a minimum density of pixels equal to 4k × 4k in rectangular, circular, elliptical or random areas.


Meet the Team



Head of Department


Deputy Head of Department
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