The NovAM group was established in 2003 in order to provide the faculty of Aerospace Engineering at the TU Delft with a group dedicated to the development of novel aerospace and space materials. The group is truly international in composition and strives to be world leading in the fields of selected expertise; self-healing materials, smart composites and coatings, nano-structured polymers and metals by design. In our research we explore unconventional approaches, focus on fundamental concepts but also develop successful concepts to a level suitable for absorption by the industry. We have a strong track record in preparing our students for a further career in academic or industrial research.