The associate laboratory CICECO – Aveiro Institute of Materials, formerly CICECO-Centre for Research in Ceramics and Composite Materials, was created in March 2002 at the University of Aveiro, Portugal, with the mission of developing the scientific and technological knowledge necessary for the innovative production and transformation of ceramics and organic-inorganic hybrids and materials for a sustainable development.
CICECO is the largest Portuguese institute in the field of materials science and engineering, with over 470 people comprising 47 academic staff, 122 full-time researchers and, in December 2020, 31 post-doctoral associates, 203 PhD students and 52 other students. Activities are supported by 15 technicians and administrative personnel.
To develop the scientific and technological knowledge necessary for the innovative production and transformation of materials for a sustainable development and the benefit of society (from ceramics to soft matter and hybrids).
To strengthen our leading role as an inter-disciplinary European research laboratory in the field of materials;
Contribute to the development of a scientific culture at the national level and educate students to high levels of scientific literacy;
Stimulate innovation within the industrial sector.
main lines of expertise
i) Information and Communication Technology;
ii) Energy and Industrial Applications;
iii) Sustainability and Health;
iv) Computing and Modelling.
CICECO is one of the most productive research institutes in the country in all scientific areas. Between 2002 and 2020 we have produced:
CICECO is a truly international research centre. For example:
CICECO is also committed to knowledge transfer to industry, through its Centre for Materials Design and Technology - CDTM.
Our spin-off company FoodMetric (now terminated) was started together with the Food Chemistry Group of the Organic Chemistry, Natural and Agrofood Products Research Unit of the Chemistry Department of the University of Aveiro. Other CICECO spin-offs include:
In 2006, CICECO started a consortium with some 6 SME companies, IDPoR, 'Research and Development Platform on Polymers from Renewable Sources'.
CICECO is probably the best equipped institute in the country to perform research in materials science. In particular, we are the focal point of the Portuguese Electron Microscopy Network and also house the top solid-state nuclear magnetic resonance facilities. We are also one of the best equipped national centres for X-ray diffraction (single crystal, powders and films).