The Group

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We are teaching and researching in the field of engineering structures.

The Composite Materials and Adaptive Structures Lab was founded in 1998 by Prof. Ermanni with the name Centre of Structure Technologies. Since July 1st, 2013 we are member of the newly established Institute of Design, Materials and Fabrication (IDMF) together with Prof. Shea and Prof. Meboldt. Those three Chairs share a common vision in research, teaching and relationship to industry.

The group currently comprises: 1 Professor, 5 Senior Scientists, 16 Research Assistants/PhD students, 27 Master Students, 1 Secretary and 2 Technicians. The figures include those of Inspire ICS (ICS: Innovative Composite Structures), which is the Competence Center of Inspire AG for Composite Technologies. Inspire ICS was established 2008 to further improve and facilitate technology and knowledge transfer to the industry, taking over from the Chair the definition and implementation of more applied collaborative projects with Swiss Companies. Read more

Our research is focused in design, modeling and fabrication of adaptive material systems and composites structures for application in lightweight systems. Our approach combines experimental techniques, analytical and numerical methods to understand, simulate and verify the physical behavior of the developed solutions. Read more

Teaching is concentrating in the higher Semesters, i.e. starting from the 3rd Year. We currently offer over 15 courses, including Engineering Tools and Laboratory tutorials, as well as student’s and focus projects. Students are strongly integrated in our research activities and industrial collaborations and are closely working together with PhD students. Read more

Teaching and research activities are supported by well-equipped laboratories for composites and smart materials manufacturing and characterisation. Read more


Materials and structures are contributing to the efficiency, functionality and safety of technical products. Our vision is to promote science and innovation by exploring the relation between materials, manufacturing and design of structural systems.


  • Research and knowledge transfer to students and industry in the areas of functional materials, polymer composites and structural mechanics.
  • We integrate specific properties of composites and functional materials into structural systems with better performance and functionality.
  • Key strategic elements are:
    • Promotion of the interaction between education, research and networking with industry and other research institutions
    • Well-balanced portfolio of fundamental and more applied projects.
    • Concentration on selected topics

A Partner of Industry and University

Continuous and intensive exchange with our institutional and industrial partners is of mutual benefit to keep the focus on relevant subjects and emerging technologies. The CMASLab generates and transfers knowledge within a broad international network of companies and research institutions. Switzerland is home to several very dynamic companies in the field of composite materials and technologies. It represents an ideal environment for cutting-edge research that spurs us to high-level education. Collaborative projects develop on different levels. Term projects are suitable to solve well-defined problems or to assess feasibility of new ideas. Students acquire valuable experience and knowledge by working in our research group and often build up long-lasting relationships with the industrial partner. More complex issues are tackled in the frame of PhD research collaborative projects. The Innovation Promotion Agency (KTI/CTI) and the Gebert Rüf Stiftung are valuable institutional partners supporting our mid-term co-operation with Swiss companies. Our PhD students develop highly speculative topics that are mostly funded by institutional partners, such as the Swiss National Science Foundation, the ETH Zurich Research Commission, or the European Commission. Continuous and intensive exchange with other research institutions is indispensable for advancing the state-of-the-art and taking full advantage of limited resources. In this framework we foster mobility of our Master and PhD students.

  • Wissenschaftliche Gesellschaft für Produktentwicklung – WiGeP
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