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San Sebastián, Spain

Technology Centre, member of IK4 Research Alliance. It is an expert in the generation and transfer of knowledge and technology in the fields of materials, surfaces and energy.

The CIDETEC institute for Surface Engineering is a reference institute and the main thrust of an innovation pole specialising in the development of these technologies, providing surface solutions throughout the entire value chain for the automotive, aerospace, power generation and other sectors. The institute owns installations furnished with top-of-the-line equipment, among them equipment to synthesise, characterise and process polymers and composites and laboratories completely equipped for surface study, characterisation and treatment.

CIDETEC Surface Engineering is part of CIDETEC, a private organization for applied research founded in 1997 that seeks to contribute value to companies by harnessing, generating and transferring technological knowledge. Located in the San Sebastian site of Gipuzkoa’s Scientific and Technological Park, CIDETEC is comprised of three international technological reference institutes in energy storage, surface engineering and nanomedicine.

CIDETEC currently employs a workforce of 170, 95% of whom are university graduates and 50% PhD holders. Its volume of activity came up to € 12.3M in 2016.

Key persons

  • Dr. Eva Garcì­a-Lecina – Head of the Metallic Surfaces Unit

  • Dr. Jesùs M. Vega – Senior researcher at the Metallic Surfaces Unit


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