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Laboratoire d’Étude des Microstructures et de Mécanique des Matériaux (France)
2015-present

The Laboratoire d’Étude des Microstructures et de Mécanique des Matériaux, LEM3, was founded in 2011 by merging two CNRS laboratories located in Metz. From this fusion has emerged a center for transdisciplinary experimental and theoretical research combining mechanics of solids and metallurgy, materials science, chemistry, and physics, to ensure a better visibility of research in Metz and Lorraine and an effective knowledge transfer to industrial partners, while maintaining the balance between basic and applied approaches. Through this multidisciplinary nature, the LEM3 collaborates with more than 60 laboratories worldwide.

In several research areas, such as plastic and thermoplastic instabilities, martensitic transformation, microstructure and texture in thermomechanical processing, multi-scale modeling, dynamic behavior of materials, the LEM3 finds itself among the best internationally teams. Its expertise covers a wide range of materials (metals and alloys, smart materials, composites, geo-materials…) and applications (automotive, aerospace, energy, engineering…).


Department of Ingénierie des Microstructures, Procédés, Anisotropie, ComportemenT (IMPACT)

The IMPACT department studies microstructures (with their 3D topology) and crystallographic textures (at micro- and macro-scales) of polycrystalline materials, with focus on changes induced by phase transitions during thermal, mechanical and/or physical processing, to better understand how the changes alter macroscopic behavior of materials, especially their anisotropy. More details.


How to get to the LEM3?

Display in route planner Google Maps. The LEM3 is located in the North East of France (Technopole campus of the Lorraine University in Metz), near the tripoint along the junction of France, Germany and Luxembourg. The nearest cities are Nancy (42 km), Luxembourg City (54 km), Saarbrücken (60 km) and Strasbourg (130 km). Frequent air and train connections are available from all major European cities.