IPN - Instituto Pedro Nunes - Laboratory for Wear, Testing and Materials

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At LED&MAT (Laboratory for Wear, Testing & Materials) we develop R&D activities and technology transfer to enterprises in the field of materials and fabrication processes, surface modification, energy efficiency and fabrication by innovative technologies. We also perform a multiplicity of tests for the characterisation of physical, chemical, mechanical and tribological properties on multiple types of materials. We wish to contribute to the perfect symbiosis between fundamental research and industrial application.

What we do

We develop ideas from their genesis to their application in real situations that are related to problems with materials and processing technologies proposed by our customers, R&D institutions and companies which deserve our special attention. Our actions begin at conception, going through research and development to the prototype and final application. Throughout the process we use methods of product development, generating products and innovative processes, improving production efficiency and providing tailored solutions to meet the needs of our customers.
To fulfil these collaborations, we design and develop national and European R&D projects, as well as technology transfer and demonstration activities, for partners and customers in diverse areas of materials. At the same time, we provide consultancy to companies in the field of materials, using our know-how and an extensive infrastructure of testing equipment. The specialised training that we cover in technical and scientific areas is one of the capabilities that we foster in industrial sectors according to the needs of our business partners.
LED&MAT is accredited by the Instituto Português Acreditação (IPAC), according to the normative reference NP EN ISO / IEC 17025: 2018, for a diverse set of tests, which can be found in the Accreditation Technical Annex.

LED&MAT is organized into the following units:

Laboratory testing unit
Granular materials characterisation unit ? UGRAN
Surface modification unit ? UMS
Biocompatibility studies unit ? CYTOUNIT
Material processing unit
Powder technologies unit

Our collaboration with the Department of Mechanical Engineering of the University of Coimbra (DEM) through its Centre for Mechanical Engineering, Materials and Processes (CEMMPRE), as well as other departments in the UC and other universities, complemented by our participation in clusters and national centres of development, are factors that contribute to the generation of ideas and innovation in our applied R&D activities and the assurance of the scientific and technological quality of everything we do.

Visit our Facilities, Services and Projects page and contact us to explore potential collaborations!

Fields of activity

Surface Engineering
Materials for Energy - Development of Insulation Materials
Micro fabrication (by additive/subtractive technologies, near-net shape techniques with ceramic/metal alloys)
Recovery of inorganic waste
Technology Consulting in processes and materials
Testing for characterisation of physical, chemical and tribological properties of materials


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