MecaNano – European Network for the Mechanics of Matter at the Nano-Scale


The "European Network for the Mechanics of Matter at the Nano-Scale" (MecaNano), initiated by Benoit Merle (University of Kassel, Germany), Marie-Stéphane Colla (UCLouvain, Belgium) and Marc Legros (CEMES – CNRS Toulouse, France), has been approved as a European Cooperation in Science & Technology (COST) Action for a period of four years, starting from September 2022. Owing to the long lasting cooperation with several partners from this network, we are delighted to announce that our institute, the IAM-MMI, will be part of MecaNano. Furthermore, Christoph Kirchlechner was appointed as German representative of the Management Committee of MecaNano.

MecaNano is intended as a broad international cooperation aiming to advance the multiscale understanding of the mechanical behavior of nanostructured materials. By combining the expertise of its participants, it will overcome the different bottlenecks limiting the exploration of mechanical size effects. Synergetic gains will be achieved by promoting access to the latest techniques in nanomechanical testing, simulation and nanocharacterization, as well as interoperability of the research data. The long-term outcome of the Action is to unlock new possibilities for the development of complex modern materials.

Over the next four years, MecaNano will provide its members with numerous opportunities to interact and collaborate, e.g. through dedicated workshops, symposia and summer schools. It will support geographic mobility between its participants and foster the career development of its young researchers and innovators.

Further information can be found on the following website:

The Action is opened to researchers from all countries (also beside Europe). To become a participant, please join at least one Working Group through the following platform: