Established in December 1986, ICMM was born from the fusion of three distinguished centers: the Institute of Material Physics, the Institute of Solid State Physics, and the Institute of Physics-Chemistry of Minerals. A year later, in December 1987, we welcomed staff from the 'Elhuyar' Institute of Inorganic Chemistry, further diversifying our expertise.
The genesis of ICMM is deeply connected to the CSIC's ambition to invigorate materials science research in Spain, with a specific focus on Madrid. This initiative aimed at establishing a multidisciplinary hub that would seamlessly intertwine theoretical and experimental, as well as basic and applied facets of Materials Science. The diverse array of research groups that were invited to join ICMM were envisioned to stimulate the growth of the field, and the future perspectives.