Materials for sustainable development

Born at the University of Aveiro, CICECO-Aveiro Institute of Materials host scientists from the Departments of Chemistry, Physics, Materials Engineering, and from the School of Design, Management and Production Technologies Northern Aveiro, allowing a holistic approach to materials: synthesis, structure, properties, modelling, devices and interface with industry.

Facilities and Technology

Our instrumental facilities, the best in the country for research in Materials Science and Engineering, are fully available to our researchers and to cooperate with society.

Our Research

Developing the scientific and technological knowledge for sustainable innovative production and transformation of materials.



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.

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Why choose Us

CICECO is the best ranked research unit in the country in the field of materials science and nanotechnology according with the last research assessment promoted by the Portuguese Science Foundation.

Our Mission

Create and disseminate scientific and technological knowledge to develop, process and apply materials that will anticipate and address the challenges of a global society.

Our Vision

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.


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