Carnot MICA


The Institute Carnot MICA is a specialist in functional materials, surface-interfaces, and related processes, with 18 research laboratories, technological resource centres and industrial technical centres throughout the country.

Key figures

Key figures

Permanent staff (full-time equivalent) 600
PhD Students 350
Global budget 70 M€
Partnership incomes with industry 15,3 M€
Business figure 11,5 M€


MICA Carnot Institute
15 rue Jean Starcky
BP 2488
68057 Mulhouse cedex

+33 (0)3 89 60 87 05

Email contact


A leader in innovative materials with a comprehensive and unique offer for manufacturers

Our comprehensive offer across the entire value chain

MICA assists companies throughout the R&D process through its unique, comprehensive offer:

  • Materials, surfaces and interfaces and related processes
  • Multidimensional analysis
  • Durability and performance
  • Technology transfer

For a wide range of materials: polymers, oxides, ceramics, carbons, biomasses, metals, molecules/cells, powders, thin films, foams, fibers and textiles, composites, porous materials and 3D and 4D objects.

Target markets

  • Automotive, aerospace, aviation, water sports
  • Fashion and luxury
  • Energy
  • Environment
  • Sports and wellness
  • Industry 4.0
  • Economical and sustainable construction
  • Health and cosmetics

Our job: to assist you with your R&D projects

MICA will assist you throughout your innovation and tranformation project by offering customised solutions:

  • R&D partnership contracts
  • Services
  • Expertise and advice
  • Higher and continuing education
  • Technology transfer

Working with MICA means you have privileged access to:

  • Cutting-edge scientific innovations and technology
  • International experts who are specialised in materials
  • State-of-the-art equipment
  • ISO 9001-certified project management

Our unique skills:

  • Surface functionalisation for the creation of functional materials
  • Creation of 3D and 4D objects throughout the entire value chain
  • Active and intelligent materials to react and adapt to the environment
  • Lightweight, robust structures: composites, textiles and foams
  • Multidimensional analysis and metrology
  • Eco-innovation, materials and processes that are environmentally friendly

3 cutting edge technology platforms for you industrialists

  • IGI-Tech: for the development of non-standardised tailor-made implantable medical devices.
  • MICASOL: for the characterisation of materials by X-analysis from the molecular to macroscopic scales through access to the Soleil Synchrotron.
  • ISI-Composites: Innovative surfaces and interfaces in composites.

Our technical resources, which are available to manufacturers:

  • Technical platforms: development, analysis, performance testing, prototyping
  • Testing platforms with real-world conditions
  • State-of-the-art equipment in a unique set-up
  • Highly skilled dedicated staff
  • 11 platforms that already have ISO 9001 certification (51 facilities)

Long-term industrial partnerships, industrial expertise

  • More than 900 partner companies per year
  • More than 1,100 industrial contracts per year
  • More than 40 patents per year
  • 1 ISO 9001 certification