Research Groups

COL - Colloidal Processing Group - Instituto de Cerámica y Vidrio CSIC


Tailoring through Colloidal Processing’s group belongs to the Institute of Ceramics and Glass (ICV-CSIC). Its aim is the processing of materials, mainly ceramic and metallic, through the use of colloidal techniques. The use of slurries and sol-gel is focused on both the fabrication of different 2D and 3D shapes as well as on the design of complex microstructures in order to control the properties of the materials.

Their members have been involved in Additive Manufacturing for a long time, and have expertise in surface characterization of materials, processing additives, rheology of slurries with and without additives, and shaping procedures from slurries. All this expertise has allowed to design complex microstructures, such as laminates or coatings.

In the additive manufacturing they have got mainly involved in the Ink Jet, Fused Filament Forming and Lamination techniques, all of them focused on the fabrication of green samples which do not require of high energy sources. The group applies its expertise to develop materials and devices in the Energy, Biomaterials and Biomedicine and Structural sectors.

In addition to the participation in projects with public funds, it has a strong interaction with companies in the Spanish ceramic sector. They have generated several patents, some of them licensed, related to fabrication and functionalization using slurries. Additionally, some of the members have created a spin-off for the fabrication of filaments with inorganic loads to be used for fabrication of ceramic, metallic and composite pieces.