Division Profile

THE MANDATES

  • Conducts basic and applied R&D on materials science and engineering;
  • Disseminates scientific data/information in the area of materials science and technology;
  • Provides technical services i.e. contract research, use of facilities, training, production thru Technology Business Incubator, trouble shooting of
    technical problems, materials characterization/evaluation;
  • Transfers/commercializes technology/R&D results.

THE AREAS OF EXPERTISE

Ceramics

  • Ceramic raw materials data base (local and imported)
  • Advanced ceramics/glass-ceramics: electronics, engineering
  • Traditional ceramics: novelties for export
  • Refractories
  • Bioceramics

Special Materials

  • Concrete
  • Traditional glass: novelties for export
  • Building construction materials
  • Ferrite-Magnets
  • Bentonite: modifications, environmental and industrial applications
  • Glass Ceramics

Plastics/Polymers

  • Traditional plastics: quality improvement
  • Engineering plastics
  • Biodegradable polymer/plastics
  • Plastics waste recycling
  • Composites

Process/Engineering

  • Fabrication of equipment for ceramics, special materials and polymers
  • Construction materials

 

FACILITIES

  • Laboratory for concrete
  • Laboratories for ceramics/advanced ceramics
  • Laboratories for glass/glass ceramics
  • Laboratory for inorganic materials upgrading/modification/processing (for lahar, bentonite, calcium silicate, industrial waste i.e. fly ash, amorphous silica, chemical gypsum, etc.)
  • Laboratory for plastics testing and processing
  • Pilot plant for ceramics
  • Pilot plant for plastics processing
  • Ceramic raw materials data base
  • Plastics/resin raw materials data base
  • Materials characterization laboratory (XRD, SEM, Optical/Stereo Microscopes, TG-DTA, Dilatometer, DSC, Particle Size Analyzer, Electrical Impedance Analyzer, UTM, High-temperature furnace (1600 C)
  • Laboratory for Surface Coatings