ICTP has a varied infrastructure that includes, among others, the following instrumental techniques:


Structural characterization and Spectroscopy

Mechanical properties

Optical and morphological properties


Electrical properties

  • Dielectric Spectroscopy (DES)
  • Alternating Current and Direct Current conductivity
  • Volume and surface resistivity

Viscoelastic properties

  • Rheology
  • Melt-flow index
  • Viscosimetry


Thermal properties


Chromatography techniques

  • High Performance Liquid Chromatography (HPLC)
  • Gel Permeation Chromatography (GPC)
  • Gas chromatography–mass spectrometry (GC-MS)

Processing techniques

  • Injection
  • Extrusion
  • Compression
  • Electrospinning

Sample preparation

  • Ultramicrotomy
  • Spin coating
  • Centrifuge
  • Lyophilizer


Further, since the Institute is located in the Centre for Organic Chemistry “Manuel Lora-Tamayo”, the use of the following general techniques is shared with other Institutes in the Research Centre:



The Institutes library houses over 5.000 volumes y receives annually, by subscription or interchange, more than 70 specialist journals, with some collections that start in 1950. The library is integrated in the virtual network of CSIC libraries and has access to a range of databases. Its services are open to the public, both for loans and for consulting books and journals. More information>>