CDAL Research Group was founded in 1999 by a group of motivated professors of Material Science of the Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC). Since then, CDAL has had an intense collaboration agenda with industrial companies and leading Research Centres from all over the world, participating in multiple R&D projects, and showing an intense publishing rate in edge research subjects.

CDAL vision is to be a reference in the research of light alloys and surface engineering engineering techniques. Its mission focused on carrying out a high level research oriented towards light metal alloys, their associated metallurgical techniques and their role in the sustainable development or our society. A key part being the transfer of knowledge to the industrial sector.