The SUMA Master programs aim to educate tomorrow’s materials engineers with:

  • up-to-date technical skills and state-of-the-art technological knowledge, and
  • an entrepreneurial mindset focused on the sustainability of industrial activities.

All SUMA students develop their own research activities under the supervision of experienced mentors.

The proposed research areas are pretty much inspired by real-world industrial and technological challenges:

  • materials recycling and upcycling;
  • industrial waste valorization;
  • assessment of environmental impact and reduction of environmental foot-print of
    various processes and technologies from materials and metals industry;
  • life cycle analysis of industrial products and consumer goods;
  • energy production, storage and reduction of energy use;
  • minimizing environmental pollution;
  • saving natural resources for future generations.


Former and current SUMA students have developed these topics both for laboratory research areas and master theses:

Lab research areas:

  • Recycling of nafion membranes from membrane electrode assemblies
  • Use of additive and classical manufacturing techniques to reduce the environmental impact during re-manufacturing
  • NiMeH batteries: Literature review of LCA and collection rate calculation

Master thesis topics:

  • Study of the assembly of wire diamond tools with numerical simulations and optical dilatometry
  • Reduction of the energy consumption of an electrolysis cell
  • Formulation and characterisation of polymeric ion exchange membrane for energy storage applications
This activity has received funding from the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT), a body of the European Union, under the Horizon 2020, the EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation