CiSMAT (Carinthia Institute for Smart MATerials) is a newly founded center, dedicated to the research and development of innovative solutions based on Smart Materials, for the industry and society of the future. It is part of the Carinthia University of Applied Sciences (CUAS), and is supported by the KWF (Kärntner Wirtschaftsförderungs Fonds).
CiSMAT conducts research in the fields of:
- Integrated piezoelectric sensors
- Acoustic metamaterials
- Phase-changing materials
CiSMAT works closely with a network of local and international companies, which it also supports in their transformation efforts towards a more efficient, more secure and greener industry.
CiSMAT - Research Fields
Integrated piezoelectric sensors
- Smart materials for smart structures
- Integrated sensors for structural health monitoring
- Acoustic Black Holes
- Acoustic meta-surfaces
- Energy storage and passive air conditioning
- Embedded & passive temperature control solutions
CiSMAT for Entrepreneurs
Beyond our specific areas of research, we wish to use our varied and complementary skills to help our students, colleagues, partners and start-up founders to test the technical feasibility of new concepts and possible innovative solutions to challenging problems. This work is carried out in particular within the framework of « Innochecks » projects, and Master theses. Technical feasibility studies can also be strongly supported by the KWF (see “Start F&E” Program).
Here, we also collaborate with the WING Department (Industrial Engineering and Management) at CUAS.
We offer advanced trainings in the fields of Smart Materials & 3D printing.
Our 1st CiSMAT Certificate Course on Smart Materials & 3D Printing has been completed in June 2021.
The next course “Smart Materials for a Greener Economy” will begin in March 2022. For more information and registration please click here.
We also offer free webinars on Smart Materials & 3D Printing. Please click here, for more information about the next Webinar.
News & Press Releases
Many thanks to the Austrian newspaper “Der Standard”, for the article they just published about our project i-MON. The ultimate goal of the project is to make concrete buildings smarter and more secure. Please click here, to access the article (in German, published 11.01.2022).
Pascal Nicolay is associate researcher at the Institut Jean Lamour, in Nancy, France. more
CiSMAT and its industrial partner PMS organized the first CiSMAT Partner Day, on July 1st 2021.
As part of the Master Session ONLINE, we cordially invite you to attend the online introduction of our new Certificate Course “Smart Materials and 3D Printing” on June 24th from 6:00 – 6:30 p.m..
On June 23rd 2021, we will continue the successful series of our free CiSMAT webinars. This time we will focus on the following topics:
Shape Memory Metals & Metamaterials
The 1st CiSMAT certificate course on “Smart Materials & 3D Printing” started on March 4th, 2021.
“We see this as the start of an innovative and technological journey.” So CiSMAT & Course director Pascal Nicolay in his opening speech with Andreas Starzacher from KWF.
Three research projects with a total budget volume of € 3.3 million have just been approved. CiSMAT is significantly involved in two of these projects: I-MON and iLEAD.
We invite you to attend our online introduction to our Certificate Course “Smart Materials and 3D Printing” which will take place online, on the 25th of February 2021 from 18:30 – 19:00.
We invite you to attend our first free webinar on “Smart Materials & 3D Printing”, which will take place online, on the 18th of January 2021.
Opening of the Digital Innovation Hub “smartfab Carinthia” – your ONE STOP SHOP for questions about
* digital transformation in industrial enterprises
* constructions regarding possibilities and limitations of 3D printing
* product and service innovations in a recycling economy.
We are pleased to present the latest newspaper article about CiSMAT and our new cooperation with researchers from the Roberval Laboratory, of the University of Technology of Compiègne (France).
On 1 October 2020, the cooperation between the CiSMAT and the ROBERVAL laboratory of the Compiègne University of Technology (UTC) France began.
Researchers at the Carinthian University of Applied Sciences have developed prototypes for knee prostheses, aircraft seats, wind turbine blades and body parts made of natural fibres in cooperation with the St. Veiter “Wood K plus” research centre and the Silicon Austria Labs research centre
On 15 October 2020, the “ACstyria Leichtbautag” will take place at the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg. In cooperation with the Austrian Lightweight Construction Platform A2LT, the focus this year is on the entire lightweight construction value chain. CiSMAT is represented by two team members – Alexander Berndt and Marius Laux.
H. Oberlercher and R. Heim just presented their latest research results in the field of 3D printing of continuous fiber composite materials (CFC), at the Advanced Materials Day 2020, held at the TU Graz on the 28/09/2020.
In these times of Corona crisis, online symposiums enable researchers to pursue their scientific communication activities in the best possible conditions.
There is a newly founded research center which is called CiSMAT at the Carinthian University of Applied Sciences.
The journal MDPI Sensors is currently running a Special Issue entitled “Advances in Surface Acoustic Wave Sensors”.
The “Innovationskongress 2019” was held in Villach, 12-14 November 2019. It was a huge success, with 1000+ participants.
Carinthia Institute for Smart Materials
FH-Prof. DI Dr. habil Pascal Nicolay
Lead: CiSMAT & SHM Labs
Carinthia University of Applied Science
Europastrasse 4, 9500 Villach, Austria