Home » About RCGI » Resources » Labs



The Escola Politécnica has maintained itself, over the years, in the academic leadership of national engineering, with its reputation certified by the main independent, national and international evaluation bodies. It is the largest and most important School of Engineering in Latin America, according to the QS World University Rankings 2022 and holds the regional leadership in Latin America in the area of Engineering and Technology (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2022) in the vast majority of specialties of Engineering.


Our research interest is the utilization of the unique properties of metal nanoparticles for the design of heterogeneous catalysts with high control of composition, size, morphology, and surface and chemical properties. We have focused on the study of hydrogenation and oxidation reactions, with an emphasis on the conversion of carbon dioxide and biomass derivatives. Catalysis and catalyst design are very attractive research areas, which include both fundamental and applied studies.


The origin of the IEE predates the foundation of USP and dates back to the creation, in 1902, of the Cabinet of Industrial and Electrotechnical Physics, at the request of the director of the Polytechnic School of São Paulo (EPSP, historically known as “Poli”) to the Secretary of State Interior Affairs and Justice. Cabinet was the synonym used at the time to name the laboratories where the practical classes took place and the classes given there were, at this stage, common to all Engineering courses.


IFUSP offers exciting academic and professional training opportunities to its students at different university levels by combining the learning of knowledge accumulated in a wide range of relevant topics in contemporary physics with the qualified search for new knowledge and dedication to its dissemination in society.


The Institute of Biosciences (IB) was created in 1969 with the University Reform. Its constitution included the Departments of Biology, Botany, Physiology and Zoology, established in 1934 in the former Faculty of Philosophy, Sciences and Letters, and founded there when the University of São Paulo was created. In 1970, the Institute of Biosciences received not only the members of those departments, but also professors of related disciplines from other faculties, especially botanists from the former Faculty of Pharmacy and Biochemistry.


IQSC remains at the forefront of teaching and research. Its undergraduate course has received 5 stars in the annual evaluations of the Guia do Estudante da Editora Abril and its postgraduate program maintains the maximum score in the CAPES evaluation. In research, the IQSC continues, year after year, as one of the two USP Units with the highest scientific production per capita.


Due to its history of investing in the quality of undergraduate teaching, the EQ course at UFSCar was a constant presence in discussions about teaching. In particular, professors from UFSCar have been actively participating in all ENBEQs, Meetings on EQ Teaching in Brazil. And the innovative attitude of the course is maintained. Today, when discussing the new profile of Chemical Engineering in the 21st century, with the incorporation of a fourth field of fundamental knowledge, Biology, alongside Chemistry, Physics and Mathematics, the course turns to the same concerns that are focused on in centers of international excellence in the area.


Esalq (Escola Superior de Agricultura Luiz de Queiroz) is the campus of USP (University of São Paulo) in Piracicaba/SP, however, its history begins long before the inauguration of the university, in 1901, when it officially began its activities as a school of agricultural teaching, under the administration of the Secretary of Agriculture of the State of São Paulo. From 1934, it became part of USP as one of its founding units. Its name honors its creator, Luiz Vicente de Souza Queiroz.


With five floors, the new building has 18 laboratories, 20 classrooms, an auditorium with 300 seats, a library with 30,000 volumes and a university restaurant with the capacity to serve 1,200 meals a day. Its strategic location allows collaboration with other universities and companies focused on technological innovation.