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Graduate Program in Materials and Chemical and Metallurgical

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+55 21 3527-1776

Departamento de Engenharia Química e de Materiais - DEQM
Rua Marquês de São Vicente, 225
Gávea, Rio de Janeiro - RJ 

Office hours:
8:30am to 5:30pm 

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Program Overview

Metallurgy and Materials are in the technological base of modern civilization. There is no synthetic product which is not directly involved with the use of materials, whether they are metals, ceramics, polymers, semiconductors or even biological, which are also called biomaterials. In fact, almost every technological development requires the employment of these materials, either individually or in aggregate form, such as composites of two or more different materials. The Materials Engineer actively participates in the selection, improvement and optimization of technological materials used, from the base industries (steel, oil, cement, etc.) to high technology industries (computers, nanomaterials for drug transport, etc.). The scope of work of a materials engineer comprises the mineral extraction processes and benefaction, metallurgical processes, synthesis of ceramics, polymers and biomaterials, the synthesis of nanostructured materials (nanomaterials) and composites, and protection processes and environmental recovery.

The importance of Materials Science and Engineering in the development and well-being of humanity can be measured by the constant evolution of diverse and spectacular equipment and devices, which constitute the most modern products from the automotive, aeronautic, naval, electronic, computing, telecommunications, civil construction, mining, metallurgy, chemical products, power generation and distribution, bioengineering etc. In a broad sense, new technological developments have been made possible thanks to advances in materials engineering. Such scope of applications has been, nowadays, the major reason for the increasing demand for Materials Engineers and Metallurgical Engineers - professionals working in an increasingly broad universe of industrial segments.

The Processes and Environmental Engineering is at the heart of the production of materials used in advanced technologies. The Graduate Program of the Materials Engineering Department is aware of this relationship and seeks to motivate students to gain strong awareness based on better processes of environmental production, preservation and recovery.


The structure of the Materials Engineering Department - DEMa covers all academic levels (Undergraduate, Master and Doctor) in the area of  chemical material processing/synthesis, characterization of metallic and non-metallic materials properties and its various relationships with the environment. Thus, the Graduate Program seeks to provide a comprehensive training in materials engineering, with insertion in production chain and production in a sustainable manner, of semi-finished and finished products. The teaching and research activities development led the Department to establish its Master’s and Doctoral Programs in 1971 and 1991, respectively.

The continuous search for maintaining high academic and research standards has been, over the years, one of DEMa's striking features.  The Department's teaching and research infrastructure has gone through an extensive modernization process, as well as through a Graduate Program curriculum restructuring involving the Program's change of name, lines of research and offered disciplines. Through these initiatives, the DEMa constantly evolves to meet the technological development demands, which regard both its performance in new areas of knowledge and its training of qualified professionals able to meet the market's new challenges and demands.

This curriculum aims to adapt the DEMa's Graduate Program to the new demands of sectors involved with science and technology. The use of materials is such a generic practice that few people realize they depend on it for almost everything they do. Clothes, cars, domestic and electronic appliances, dental tools and fillings, and human prostheses are examples of the wide range of the use of materials. This use requires researchers capable of making connections between often different worlds. This Program intends to meet this aspect by offering differentiated training in materials for people with different academic backgrounds. For this reason, it accepts undergraduates from different fields, such as:

Engineering (Metallurgy, Materials, Chemical, Mechanic, Civil, Electrical, Environmental, etc) - Basic Sciences (Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics and Informatics)-Architecture, – Geology, - Health Sciences (Pharmacy, Dentistry and Medicine), - Archaeology and Museology.

Over the last years, the Program has maintained an average of sixty graduate students, which is compatible with the size of the faculty, consisting of 14 full-time doctors.

The Graduate Program allows the improvement of professionals with a materials and metallurgy academic background, as well as providing other graduates an extensive involvement in specific areas, such as mineral technology, environmental technology, chemical processing of raw materials for the production of materials and characterization of their structural, physical and mechanical properties.

The Master’s course aims to deepen the students' basic training and develop their capacity to work in research and development projects aimed more directly at the solution of practical engineering problems. It is also an initial step for students interested in research to engage in deeper studies in the Doctoral course.

The Doctoral Program aims to train highly qualified professionals, destined to occupy positions that require a more scientific base, combined with independent and critical thought and creative ability.

In the last years, professors of the Graduate Program have been awarded several major projects, such as the Scientist of Our State, CNPq Productivity and Universal, Sector Funds (CTHIDRO and CEPETRO), PADCT-Rio (FAPERJ) and Green/Yellow Funds. Some of these projects allowed the improvement of several research laboratories infrastructure, many of which incorporate modern techniques of characterization through analysis and digital image processing. Due to the professors' easy and natural adaption, as well as the students' great demand, one can observe a clear tendency towards the development of projects dedicated to environment-related topics. In this respect, one can note a great motivation for work involving effluent treatment, co-processing, recycling and recovery of effluents, mathematical and physical modeling, and environmental remediation, based on unit operations of traditional areas of mineral processing, hydro/electro and thermal metallurgy. One can also observe an increasing number of multidisciplinarity, identified through synthesis and characterization projects, with the participation of professors from the two major research areas (Process and Environment Engineering and Materials Science and Engineering). In the Materials Science and Engineering area, one can verify a tendency towards increasingly sophisticated microstructural characterizations, through the implementation of new techniques and equipment, such as the electronic microscopy transmission of X-ray diffraction, or from the use of softwares dedicated to image processing and analysis. One can also perceive that this tendency coincides with the significant number of projects involving nanomaterials, a topic of undeniable current relevance, regarding both scientific aspects and technological applications. This fact reinforces the observed tendency of the increasing number of multidisciplinary projects with the participation of professors who work with synthesis and characterization of materials.


The Materials Engineering Department – DEMa is part of the Scientific Technical Center (CTC) at PUC-Rio. The DEMa consists of 14 full-time faculty members; all are holders of doctoral degrees in foreign or national universities and more than half are CNPq production scholarship researchers. These faculty members work in undergraduate and graduate teaching, research and development.

The laboratories' infrastructure include state-of-the-art equipment in the following fields: mineral benefaction, mineral reduction, waste treatment, environmental technology, remote environmental monitoring, chemical analysis and processing, particle characterization, thin films, thermal analysis, composite fabrication, mechanical behavior, electronic microscopy, x-ray diffraction, image processing, digital microscopy and computation.

Master’s Degree

Grants the “Masters Degree in Materials and Chemical and Metallurgical Processes Engineering”. Since its creation in 1971, the DEMa has already granted more than 300 masters. It offers full-time students the possibility of a CAPES, CNPq and FAPERJ scholarship, as well as tuition wavers offered by the University for specific situations and grants for projects. It is widely considered to be among the country's most highly regarded Masters’s Program in the field of materials and metallurgy.  

Doctoral Degree

Grants the “Doctoral Degree in Materials and Chemical and Metallurgical Processes Engineering”. Since its establishment in 1991, its rapid expansion has benefited from the experience of the Master’s Program and has already granted over 60 doctoral degrees. Its students include university professors, researchers from government institutions and professionals from the industry. It offers full-time students the possibility of a CAPES, CNPq and FAPERJ scholarship, as well as tuition wavers conceded by the University and grants for projects.

Concentration areas and lines of research

Concentration Area: Materials Science and Engineering

Processing and Characterization of Materials

Includes a wide range of chemical, biochemical, thermal and mechanical processing of ceramic, metal and composite materials, seeking to identify their correlation with microstructural, mechanical and physicochemical characteristics. Biochemist processing studies biocorrosion processing, or Corrosion Induced by Microorganisms, while the rest aim at the full understanding of the interrelationship between processing - characterization –properties.

Performance and Integrity of Materials

Aggregates studies of materials and components performance in operating conditions and prevention of failure of mechanical origin risks. One of the goals is to promote the integrated use of the material’s characteristics, the component and the project on the damage assessment, residual life quantification and lifespan extension.

Junction of Materials

Encompasses materials junction studies using polymer adhesives and metal welds with the aim of improving the processes employed in the metal-mechanic industry and in areas dealing with composite systems,  such as, for instance, dentistry.

Phases Transformation

Studies the transformations of metallic and ceramic materials’ phases and the impact of these transformations on microscopic, mechanical and physical properties. Creates models to simulate phase transformations in the elaboration of materials.

Nanostructured Materials/Characterization

This line is directed towards the study of phase transformations and  the characterization of nanostructured materials under processing conditions capable of creating new materials and, therefore, new applications.

Concentration Area: Process and Environment Engineering

Mineral Technology

Studies the operations involved in the treatment of minerals and the reuse of water from extractive industries, with emphasis on flotation, electroflotation, electrocoagulation and mineral biotechnology (bioflotation, bioflocculation, bioleaching).


Seeks to optimize the performance of ferrous raw materials: agglomerates for direct reduction and blast furnace, lump ore and scraps. Develops mathematical and physical modeling for process simulation and control.

Extraction, Synthesis and Chemical Processing of Materials

Studies chemical processes in high temperatures or through the use of aqueous solutions. It aims at both the development of intermediate steps of a process flowchart and the knowledge of reactions of reduction and synthesis.

Environmental technologies

Addresses water treatment; industrial effluents and wastes aiming at  the disposal, reuse or recovery of constituents of interest. It is based on techniques using bacteria or  hydrogen peroxide type compounds and humic substance.

Nanostructured Materials/Synthesis

Studies experimental procedures of physical-chemical nature that allow the obtainment of materials containing nanostructured particles. Besides the evaluation of the used techniques, it addresses a thermodynamic and kinetic study of the reactions involved.

Research Projects

Research Project: Instrumentation and Processes

Nanofossil images obtainment automation; Spectroscopy applied to the characterization of materials; processes and environment; Digital Microscopy for Materials characterization; Optimization of Pultrusion Process for Composite Materials.

Research Project: Phase Transformations

Characterization of catalysts and its components by x-rays diffraction and electronic microscopy techniques; Microstructural Control and Properties Optimization in Alloys for High Temperature and Aggressive Environments applications; Corrosion in High Temperature in Systems of Industrial Relevance; Advanced Materials Development and Characterization with Controlled Microstructure; Formation of Intermediate Phases in the FeZn System; Quantitative Microanalysis of Electronic Microscopy Image Processing Materials; Nano Structures Electronic Microscopy; Interfaces and Particles in Atomic Resolution; Nanotechnologies Applied to Chemical and Structural Characterization of Particles and Environmental Contaminants; Processing, Microstructure and Properties in High Strength Light Structural Alloys; Superconducting Materials manufacturing in ceramic systems; Production of Superconducting Materials in Ceramic Systems; Thermodynamics and Kinetics of Advanced Materials; Thermodynamics and Phase Diagrams of Technological Materials; Controlled Phase Transformations by Interfacial Diffusion in Metallic Systems.

Research Project: Mechanical Behavior

Surface Defect Analysis in Laminated Billets; Welded Joints Behavior in API Class Steels in Corrosion under stress; Mechanical Behavior of Reinforced Composites with Natural Fibers; Mechanical Behavior of Mechanical Alloys of Ultra-fine Grains shaped Mechanically and Subsequently Annealed; Corrosion in Moorings Degree 3 and 4 Subjected to Aggressive Environments; Effect of Mechanisms of Initiation and Triples Propagation on the Tenacity of Highly Resistant Steels and Low Alloy; Composite Materials Engineering; Study on Mechanical Adhesion on Metallic Pipes Reinforced with Composite Laminated Materials of Polymeric Matrix; Study of the Influence of Corrosion Rate in Residual Life of Offshore Moorings; Application Study of x-80Steel; Aging Research of Tubes of Nationally Manufactured Composite Materials; Dentistry Application Materials; Cracking Mechanics; Structural Integrity of Mechanical and Structural Components Evaluation; Lifespan in Structural Materials Fatigue; Study of Retardation Mechanism in Crack Fatigue Propagation.

Research Project: Mineral Processing

Clusters of Cold Healing and Process Engineering; Mineral Processing Technology Application for Plastic Recycling and Other Related Materials; Bioflotation Applied to Mineral Benefaction and Environment; Technological Characterization and Rheological of Kaolin pulp for the Paper Industry; Electro flotation applied to the removal of metal ions contained in waste liquids; Plastic Materials Recycling; Removal of Heavy Metals by Ionic Flotation, of Precipitates and Colloids Sorbent.

Research Project: Environment Technology and Hydro/Electrometallurgy

Water quality analysis of the Corumbataí River using the QUAL2E model; Application of Multimedia Models for the Evaluation of Pollutant Destination in Hydrographic Ponds of Rio de Janeiro State; Peroxide Application in Mining; Metallurgy and Environment; Fish Mercury Evaluation; Evaluation and Comparison of Environmental Risks of Persistent, Bioaccumulative, Toxic, and Long Distance Transported Pollutants; Evaluation and Control of Industrial Pollution; Biocomplexity of coastal aquatic environments of the State of Rio de Janeiro and its sustainability; Study of uranium transport and sediment–water interactions in an artificial pond; Metal Phytoextraction; Remote Environmental Monitoring with LIDAR; Use of Vegetation Cover as Environmental Impacts Bioindicator caused by Hydrocarbon Leaks in Pipelines and their Detection through Remote Sensing; Wastewater Treatment Containing Ammonia; Wastewater Treatment and Water Reuse in the Industry; Use of humic mineral compound in environmental treatment and remediation.

Research Project: High Temperature Processes Applied to Steelmaking, non-Ferrous and Industrial Waste

Characterization and treatment of waste in high temperatures;  Processing and roasting studies of sulphide minerals; Modeling for Simulation and Optimization of Productive chains in Primary Steelmaking; Steel waste recovery; Synthesis of Post Ceramics from Chlorination/Nitriding and Composites; Synthesis and characterization of nano-structured materials; Chlorination Roasting of mineral goods, compounds and industrial waste;

Course Recognition

Master’s and Doctoral degrees

CAPES (Coordination for the Improvement of Higher Eduction Personnel; from Brazilian Ministry of Education) evaluation: grade 5 (in a 3 to 7 scale) for the 2010-2012 period.
Approved by the CNE/CES MEC n.288/2015 of July 08, 2015.
Granted degrees: Master and/or Doctor in Materials and Chemical and Metallurgical Processes Engineering

Requirements for obtaining the Master’s and Doctoral degrees


Required Electives Group

MET 2804 | Fundamentals of Thermodynamics - 3 credits (or)
MET 2808 | Thermodynamics of Materials - 3 credits



Compulsory Disciplines

Admission and Enrollment

The DEMa conducts a selection process to admit nine students to the Graduate Program (Master and Doctor) twice a year, usually in the months of December and July. More details can be obtained at the Department Office.