The Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3) is a major UK engineering institution whose activities encompass the whole materials cycle, from exploration and extraction, through characterisation, processing, forming, finishing and application, to product recycling and land reuse. It exists to promote and develop all aspects of materials science and engineering, geology, mining and associated technologies, mineral and petroleum engineering and extraction metallurgy, as a leading authority in the worldwide materials and mining community.
PlasmaChem GmbH was founded 1993 in Mainz. In 2005 the company moved from Mainz to Berlin and is now located in the district Adlershof - the "City of Science and Media" — Germany´s leading science and technology park with more than 800 technology oriented companies, 6 institutes of Humboldt University and 11 non-university affiliated research institutes. The main business field of PlasmaChem concerns nano-materials, detonation-, vacuum-, plasma- and ultra-thin film technologies and their biomedical and technical applications.