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.

Economic sectors

Aeronautics Space
Automotive and mobility
Chemicals and materials
Beauty products
Environment : protection and monitoring, natural and climate risks, depollution
Fashion and luxury
Nuclear energy
Sport and wellness
Energy systems
Health technologies
Waste processing and recycling

And also

Key figures

Key figures

Permanent staff (full-time equivalent)
PhD Students
Global budget
70 M€
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