Materials technology

For seventy years, our researchers have analysed materials down to the atomic levels. We build and test new materials nanometers by nanometers. By comparison, a human hair is 100,000 nanometers thick.

Through this work, we have acquired extensive expertise in materials science and nanotechnology. The knowledge we gain about materials enables us to deliver internationally leading research.

Our researchers work along the entire value chain in battery technology and carry out research and development in a wide range of battery-related topics.

We are a world leading in corrosion technology in oil and gas pipelines and pipelines for CO2 transport.

In the field of solar energy, we have international expertise in the development of methods and processes for silicon-based solar cells and work closely with the industry to create even more efficient and environmentally friendly solar cells with lower climate footprint.

Fundamental research for new innovations

Our fundamental research in physics is unique, and we have the leading research environment in neutron characterization in Norway. In order to improve and innovate existing materials used in items such as batteries and magnets in refrigerators and electric bikes, we are researching and testing new ones: Materials innovation will also provide more environmentally friendly alternatives and reduce dependency on the use of rare minerals.

The international community is dependent on the development of new materials and the conservation of natural resources in order to meet the UN sustainability goals, reduce climate change, provide clean energy for all and make sustainable cities.

This requires precise insight into the structure and dynamics of materials at atomic level. As one of Norway’s largest research institutes for energy, we provide a wide range of solutions for tomorrow’s clean energy systems.

Our ambitions are continuously being extended. We have great ambitions. By use of our highly specialized competence we have developed leading laboratories that have given us the opportunity to participate in numerous international collaborative projects. This means that we now have partners in five continents and dozens of countries within academia and private business. This is how we contribute to research for a better future.


Battery Technology
Corrosion Technology
Neutron Material Characterization
Renewable Energy Systems
Solar Energy