KU Leuven Materials Research Center (Leuven-MRC)


About Leuven-MRC

Sedes The Leuven Materials Research Centre has been created at the end of 2005 as an interfaculty collaborative centre, providing a coordinating link between materials science and technology research groups at the KU Leuven.

Leuven-MRC brings together a large critical mass in materials research, a unique combination of competence and know-how, an impressive and state-of-the-art infrastructure and wide variety of studied material families, processes and applications.


Mission of Leuven-MRC

The mission of Leuven-MRC is to enhance the innovative character of the top materials research present at the KU Leuven by

  • developing and disseminating a common vision on future materials research  
  • coordinating interdisciplinary materials research at and with KU Leuven  
  • strengthening the interaction with industry through its portal function
  • increasing the visibility of materials research

Participating Groups

Leuven-MRC is composed of 19 research groups spread over 3 faculties and 9 different departments (Metallurgy and Materials Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Physics and Astronomy, Chemistry, Geology, and Microbial and Molecular Systems).
61 professors and nearly 450 researchers are involved in the Leuven-MRC initiative.



The variety of studied materials is extended: metals and alloys, structural ceramics, functional ceramics, composites, polymers, building materials, biomaterials, functional coatings, CNTs,…

Leuven-MRC focusses its activities on well-chosen research lines of multidisciplinary interaction within Leuven-MRC and together with the industry and other research centres