The Institute for Materials Research (IMO) is a research centre of Hasselt University with a vast knowledge in the field of materials science. It is the largest research institute of the university with a staff of more than 100 people.
IMO is has an integrated and intensive collaboration with IMOMEC (Institute for Materials Research in MicroElectronics) , the department of IMEC (Interuniversity Micro Electronics Centre, Louvain) at the university campus in Diepenbeek.
While most of the more fundamental research is carried out at IMO, the largest part of applied research and projects in collaboration with industry are concentrated within IMOMEC. The annual research budget of IMO-IMOMEC was about 5,04 Million Euro in 2007.
The joint activities of IMO-IMOMEC concentrate on wide band gap materials, organic synthesis, organic materials for electronic applications, precursors for nanomaterials, biosensors, nanophysics and electrical, physical and chemical characterisation.