Materials Centre and Mathematical Morphology Centre
ARMINES is a non-profit making organization funded in 1967. The first partnership research structure created in France, ARMINES is also the leading French Research and Technology Organisation with a turnover of €35 million (2005) and coordinate more than 90 European Projects (2013). The structure has strong relationships with the engineering and management schools, governed by agreements, notably the Ecoles des Mines network, including Mines ParisTech, under the supervision of the Ministry of Industry. ARMINES also brings together the laboratories of the Ecole Polytechnique, the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Techniques Avancées (ENSTA), the Ecole Navale and the Ecole des Ponts et Chaussées.

The Centre des Matériaux (CdM) is one of the research centres of Mines ParisTech, and is associated to the CNRS as a Mixed Research Unit (UMR 7633). In partnership with ARMINES, Mines ParisTech has been designated as a Carnot Institute (Institut CARNOT M.I.N.E.S). The Surface-Interfaces-Procédés team at the Centre des Matériaux (SIP-CdM-ARMINES) has been working on SOFC for 15 years, and more recently on PCFC, new concept of high temperature fuel cells or electrolysers and hydrogen membranes. Its expertise in the SOFC/PCFC field ranges from forming (tape-casting, bar coating, screen printing…), to sintering and characterizing (in particular via TEM, SEM, or electrical measurements). Many students have been working in the team on related topics, at a master level or PhD level.

Centre de Morphologie mathématiques The Center for Mathematical Morphology (CMM) is a laboratory of Mines ParisTech specialized in image processing. Research works undertaken at CMM is based on mathematical morphology, a theory first introduced by researchers in CMM, now essential for numerous applications in image processing. Applications are varied, ranging from biomedical images, multimedia, electronic, industry control and materials. Regarding the latter, which concerns this project, the CMM has developed tools to study microstructure images, to generate random numerical models representative of real materials, and to compute the physical response of materials.

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