Core business

The Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology (LIST) is a mission-driven Research and Technology Organisation (RTO) that develops advanced technologies and delivers innovative products and services to industry and society.

As a major engine of the diversification and growth of Luxembourg’s economy through innovation, LIST supports the deployment of a number of solutions to a wide range of sectors, including energy, IT, telecommunications, environment, agriculture, and advanced manufacturing at national and European level. Thanks to its location in an exceptional collaborative environment, namely the Belval Innovation Campus, LIST accelerates time to market by maximising synergies with different actors, including the university, the national funding agency and industrial clusters, such as the Luxembourg Automotive Components Cluster.

Products & services

Application-Driven Research (MRT Dept)

The MRT department develops innovative solutions through application-driven RDI projects, based on our research expertise and technologies. Industry-scalable and unique production processes are used to functionalise surfaces, deposit thin layers and produce innovative nanostructured an functional materials for industrial applications. Processes enable to precisely tune the composition, structure and architecture of materials in order to meet industries requirements. The activities of the MRT department include the design, the elaboration, the development of the functionality and durability of multifunctional polymeric and composite materials.

Concrete solutions have been achieved in many applications: (reversible) adhesion, joining, thermal management, self-healing, optical coatings, transparent electronics, hard coatings, wear resistance, corrosion resistance, diffusion barriers, super-barriers, (photo-)catalysis, fire retardancy, (super)hydrophobic / hydrophilic coatings, anti-icing, sensing and adaptive properties, anti-bacteria, anti-counterfeiting …

Characterisation and Testing of Materials (MRT Dept)

The range of skills and equipment enables the MRT department to provide analytical services and effective support for quality control, performance monitoring, root cause analysis, product / process RDI... In this context, the MRT department carries out:

  • Mechanical testing: choc, tension, compression, shear or bending tests either in static or fatigue mode, under severe temperature conditions (from -180ºC to +1000ºC)
  • Artificial accelerated aging: exposition to temperature, humidity and artificial light controlled environments, as well as salt spray atmospheres, with ability to combine aging with performance under mechanical or electrical loads

Numerical Simulation (MRT Dept)

Through the use and development of mathematical and numerical modelling, the MRT department can assist with design, research new features and optimise materials, processes and structures

Life Cycle Sustainability and Risk Assessment (ERIN Dept)

The Life Cycle Sustainability and Risk Assessment unit (LISRA) of the Environmental Research and Innovation (ERIN) department develops methods and tools for integrative sustainability assessment of products and technologies (e.g. Life Cycle Assessment – LCA) leading to the definition and implementation of resources and energy efficient and Circular Economy strategies. The unit also develops realistic and reliable toolbox for environmental and human risk assessment to support the correct prediction of the risk associated with chemical mixtures, with a clear focus on nanomaterials, and dust.

Analysis and Visualiation of Environmental Scientific Data (ERIN Dept)

The e-Science Unit of ERIN has developed expertise in the analysis and the visualisation of complex big data issued from simulation, field observations and/or lab experiments.
Typical questions addressed by the e-Science team are exploration of high-dimensional data resulting from simulation runs, advanced analytics of sensors data, visual analytics of complex systems, augmented reality to support advanced interaction, scalability problems related to data analytics and visualization, HPC-related issues... The e-Science team works together with domain experts to provide them with advanced techniques and tools to gain insight into their complex and/or large datasets.

Decisional Knowledge Dynamics (ITIS Dept)

The Decisional Knowledge Dynamics (DKD) unit is working as a multidisciplinary, experiment-driven, creative and product-oriented team on the various aspects of complex human, data and object systems, the so called Internet of (Every)thing for collaborative, pervasive and ubiquitous, design, problem solving and decision making tasks. Its gathers competencies on electronics engineering, signal processing, computer science, knowledge technologies, and psychology to develop applied research on collaborative, adaptive and personalised systems; crowd-computing; multi-user natural interaction among and between users, devices, and their context; knowledge and skills embedded assessment; as well as model management and large knowledge-base evolution.
The unit explores applications in various domains such as Smart Cities (from building to districts, including construction, mobility, logistics, citizen, eHealth and well-being aspects), FinTech and Smart Manufacturing.
It also operates a collaborative multi-user interaction lab with experimentation and digital fabrication capabilities ranging from sensing with various platforms, to actuating with connected objects, and to advanced natural interface devices and protocols.

Major AutoMobility projects

News resins development, metal-composites joining, anti-corrosion plasma treatment, advanced product characterization, Functional Materials, modelling & simulation

Technical / technological capabilities

Synthesis of Nano-structures, Nano-particles & Organic Chemistry
Microwave and colloidal synthesis, ultrasonic processor, size exclusion chromatography, reaction station for synthetic chemistry, automated flash chromatography
Thin-film Processing & Engineering
Atomic Layer Deposition (ALD) with fluidized-bed option, Rapid-Thermal CVD, Plasma-assisted CVD, MetalOrganic CVD, layer-by-layer technology, laser technology, DBD discharge atmospheric plasma, PVD reactor (RF magnetron and HIPIMS), spin coater, Organic Material Vapour Phase Deposition
Polymer Processing
Polymer processing: micro-extruder, mini-extruder, internal mixer, compression-moulding, micro-injection, grinder
Composite manufacturing: infusion


Nanoimprint Lithography, e-beam lithography, focused-ion assisted deposition, localised Electrochemical deposition, etching (anodisation), fully equipped and secured wet-benches for acid, base and solvent chemistries, dedicated spin-coaters for coating, cleaning, etching and drying

Functional Measurements

  • Thermo-physical analyses: Differential Scanning Calorimetry (DSC), thermogravimetry (TGA), Dynamic Mechanical Analysis (DMA), laserflash, dilatometry, contact angle, dynamic light scattering (DLS)
    Electromechanical testing machine (quasi-static), servo-hydraulic testing machine (fatigue), Impact pendulum (Izod and Charpy), computer numerical control mini-milling machine (specimen manufacturing)
  • Photo-dielectric, ferroelectric, piezoelectric and electrocaloric measurements
  • Functional AFM-probes: PFM, EFM, k-PFM, Tip-enhanced Raman scattering (TERS)
  • Photo-spectroscopy: Raman spectroscopy of phonons and magnons, photoluminescence spectroscopy, UV-visible spectroscopy
  • Various adhesions tests

Advanced Characterisation

  • Secondary Ion Mass Spectrometry (NanoSims, S-SIMS, TOF-SIMS)
  • Auger Electron & X-Ray Photoelectron Spectrometry
  • Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy (FTIR)
  • Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) and X-ray microanalysis
  • Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM), X-ray nanoanalysis and electron spectroscopy
  • X-Ray diffractometry
  • MALDI coupled to Ion Trap MS or TOF MS.
  • Orbitrap coupled to ESI, APCI, AP MALDI, DART
  • Materials testing equipment: universal fatigue testing machine, climatic cabinets for salt spray, climatic, tropical and UV radiation resistance tests, fire resistance testing (cone calorimeter and smoke chamber)

Numerical Simulation

  • Molecular dynamics (Sandia labs) and crystal plasticity (Los alamos Labs) codes
  • In-house finite element code (Heperdang)
  • Commercial finite element codes (Abaqus, FEMM, CASTEM 2000)
  • In-house Composite Lab code (ComLab)
  • In-house Boundary element method code
  • In-house e-Xtended finite element code
  • In-house XEFG (element free Galerkin method) code
  • Atomistic ab-initio modelling of functional oxides

Main customers / collaborations


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Prof Dr Jens Kreisel

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2015 : € 7,044,909.05 (LIST figures)

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LIST - Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology
41 rue du Brill
L-4422 Belvaux



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