Search UFMG

Learn more about the research areas at UFMG.

Agrarian Sciences

Biological Sciences


Exact and Earth Sciences

Human Sciences

Health Sciences

Applied Social Sciences

Linguistics, Letters, and Arts

Informações gerais sobre propriedade intelectual

The Exact and Earth Sciences area brings together two academic units: the Institute of Earth Sciences (IGC) and the Institute of Exact Sciences (ICEx). With a tradition in scientific production, today the two units carry out together more than 100 research projects.

At the Department of Geology, there are research projects in the areas of Economic and Rural Geology, in addition to important studies on Mineral Deposits, Geological Mapping, Petrology, and Geochemistry.

Geology Center
The Eschwege Geology Center, at Diamantina, in the Serra do Espinhaço region, is considered the main Brazilian institute for geological studies. Created in 1969 via an agreement of technical cooperation between Brazil and Germany, it has an annual average of 400 apprentices and researchers, with activities funded by the Brazilian government agency CNPq and by the German GTZ.

At the ICEx, most teachers (95%) in the five departments work full-time and are doing research.
The unit’s academic staff is composed of 271 teachers, more than 50% of whom holding doctoral degrees and about 35%, master’s degrees.

At the Department of Computer Science, the major current projects are on Artificial Intelligence, Software Engineering, Graphic Design and Image Processing, and Computer Architecture. Mostly related to new technology, they attract, in addition to traditional funding sources, resources from computer, telecommunication, and steel companies.

At the Department of Statistics, the most important research work, in terms of publication, is done on Optimization of Statistical Processes, Bio-Statistics, and Economic Statistics. The Department of Mathematics gives priority to Dynamic Systems, Algebraic Geometry, and Commutative Algebra. At the Department of Chemistry, the research that takes up the largest number of teachers and students is on Fine Ceramics, Dynamics of Molecular Collision and Electronic Structure of Molecules, Analysis and Synthesis of Natural Products, Wood Chemistry, and Chemistry of Conservation and Restoration of Movable Cultural Goods, done together with the School of Fine Arts.

At the Department of Physics, among the main research topics are Light Mirroring, Semiconductors, Theories of Condensed Matter, Crystal Growth, and Astrophysics. In their teaching and research on Astrophysics and Astronomy, students and teachers use the University Observatory on the Serra da Piedade, at Caeté.

The Department of Mathematics works in three fronts: teacher qualification for primary, secondary, and higher education; training professionals that use Mathematics as a tool (such as physics, engineering, chemistry, biology, economic, computing, statistics, business administration, veterinary medicine, geology, geography, accounting); and generation and diffusion of mathematical knowledge. For that purpose, it has 54 teachers, all with graduate degrees in Mathematics or Physics/Mathematics. The department also has four teachers working with primary education (Primary School) and secondary education (Vocational School). The department facilities are very good, with an excellent library and a PC and workstation network connected to mainframe computers.

The Department of Chemistry’s laboratories, workshops, library, and offices are accommodated in 8,400 sq. m. of building area. Its 83 teachers work with 15 associate researchers, among visitors, newly graduated students, and UFMG’s retired teachers, in addition to a staff of 50 persons. The department offers mandatory courses for 11 UFMG programs, besides the Baccalaureate, Teaching Licensure, and Graduate Programs under its responsibility. It carries out pure and applied research on Physical Chemistry, Analytical Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Inorganic Chemistry, and multi-disciplinary areas that generate a sizeable number of publications.

Research areas and publications

Programs of the Office of Research

Bids and forms