The Chemical Process Engineering and Forest Products Research Centre (CIEPQPF) was established in 1994 with the objective of creating a structured framework for the research activities in the Chemical Engineering Department (DEQ) of FCTUC. These research activities are currently organised into 4 research groups:
This research unit was evaluated as Excellent in 2008 and as Very Good (22/25) in 2014. Currently, it has 47 integrated researchers holding a doctoral degree and approximately 50 junior researchers.
Research activities have been coordinated by an executive board (President plus other members) and by a scientific committee where the four research groups are represented.