The CEMMPRE - Centre for Mechanical Engineering, Materials and Processes is an interdisciplinary R&D Research Unit of the Foundation for Science and Technology and currently comprises 112 PhD researchers from the Universities of Coimbra, Porto and Trás-os-Montes and Alto Douro, and 55 PhD students in different scientific domains.
CEMMPRE has as its policy the cooperation between universities and research centres with the business sector and society in general, promoting innovation, the dissemination of scientific and technological knowledge, advanced training, and strategies for regional, national and international development.
CEMMPRE is organised into seven scientific groups with different specialities: Advanced fabrication systems; Bioengineering and polymer synthesis, Mining and raw materials, Nanomaterials and microfabrication; Sensors and Nanoelectrochemistry; Structural integrity; and Surface engineering.
CEMMPRE develops research within the four innovation platforms of RIS3 that interact with its different areas of research, in particular Materials and processes, Biotechnology, Health and well-being. The thematic lines of CEMUC cover the whole advanced material cycle from raw materials to final product, including advanced processing systems, simulation, and chemical, physical, structural and mechanical characterisation of the materials and their components, industrial robotics and product management.
These strategic lines are geared towards mechanical engineering, health and the environment, in four principal aspects:
-Mining / raw materials and development of robot systems which permit efficient exploitation in environments where human intervention is not possible;
-Development of advanced materials and technologies for engineering, health and environment with the aim of sustainable industrial solutions;
-Characterisation of materials and surfaces;
-Green design of structural and mechanical components for mobility, via the adoption of the concept of three-dimensional concurrent engineering (3DCE).