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Department of Materials Science and Engineering

The Department of Materials Science and Engineering (CEM) of the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC) carries out research and teaching in the area of materials science and technology and its applications.



The Department of Materials Science and Metallurgy was set up in 1988 as a result of the University Reform Law and currently brings together the knowledge areas Materials Science, Metallurgy and Textile Engineering.

 It comprises professors and researchers, as well as administrative staff, who teach and carry out research at the Barcelona East School of Engineering (EEBE), the Barcelona School of Industrial Engineering (ETSEIB), the Terrassa School of Industrial, Aerospace and Audiovisual Engineering (ESEIAAT) and the Vilanova i la Geltrú School of Engineering (EPSEVG).


In the area of knowledge of Materials Science and Engineering, it participates in technology transfer and innovation in the following centres: the Catalan Plastics Centre in Terrassa (CCP), the Light Alloys and Surface Treatment Design Centre (CDAL), the Vilanova i la Geltrú Technology Centre (CTVG), the Biomedical Engineering Research Centre (CREB) and the Structural Integrity, Micromechanics and Materials Reliability Centre (CIEFMA).

It also participates in the following research groups: Biomaterials, Biomechanics and Tissue Engineering (BBT), Metal Forming Processes (PROCOMAME), Polymer and Composite Technology (POLY2) and Surface Interaction in Bioengineering and Materials Science (InSup).

 In the area of knowledge of Textile Engineering, the Department participates in the research group: Textile Technology (TECTEX).

 Several of the Department's researchers also participate in specific research centres, which are singular units with their own outreach whose primary function is to respond to demands made by external public or private entities in specific research fields, such as the Barcelona Research Center in Multiscale Science and Engineering (CRCEM) and the Technological Innovation Centre (CIT).

The Department is responsible for the doctoral programme in Materials Science and Engineering and the doctoral programme in Textile and Paper Engineering. It participates in the interdepartmental doctoral programme in Biomedical Engineering.