CEMMPRE - Centre for Mechanical Engineering, Materials and Processes

Research Groups

Mechanical and Inteligent ManufacturingThe activities envisaged for this group will reinforce the promising research lines developed during the period 2013-2017. The high scientific level and experience of the researchers are a strong basis to ensure success. The definition of the activities was inspired by our desire to achieve research excellence at the international level and high socio-economic impact. This research group will be involved in two main research lines with the aim of excelling in the development of advanced solutions for Intelligent Manufacturing, Design & Testing. The former line involves different objectives including: the development of advanced robotics with decision-making methodologies; development of decision support models; the continuous development of DD3IMP software; development, modelling and numerical simulation of new technologies for multi-material joining; and devices for on-site functional applications. The latter line aims to the evaluate the mechanical and tribological behavior of advanced materials; to study the reliability of structural components and joints; to prevent the materials failure in service; to develop tailor-made 2D surfaces with specific double scale topography.
Materials and ProcessesThe research goals are concerned with the development of new advanced materials under scalable conditions that will have a strong impact on societal challenges including health, food safety, environment and sustainable development. Four different lines have been judiciously considered as well as relevant goals for each: a) surface & interface engineering, involving the development of tribological coatings for room and high temperature applications, environmentally friendly coatings for replacing REACH-banned materials, new coatings for energy harvesting, and development of bio-active modified surfaces and materials with antimicrobial activity; b) bioengineering, aiming to develop of tailor-made polymers, new biobased polymers, innovative biodegradable polymers for additive manufacturing techniques; c) nanomaterials & nanotechnology, development of smart nanocomposite coatings for biomedical applications, new nanomaterials and nanostructured modified surfaces for applications to health, food and environment, and new organic and biological adsorption corrosion inhibitors; d) sensors, development of innovative microtechnologies for environmental protection (monitoring, bioremediation and metals recovery), modified electrode platforms as enzyme and enzyme inhibition biosensors for toxic species, gas sensor coatings for security purposes, and nanoscale film DNA electrochemical biosensor for detection of DNA oxidative damage by health hazardous compounds.