CoppeComb - Center for Research and Characterization of Crude Oil and Fuels

Coppecomb is one of the most modern Latin American research centers for crude oil. The center is responsible for the characterization of crude oils, fuels and biofuels and for the development of processes. It seeks innovative solutions to improve the quality of oil products from Brazilian crudes. It has seven laboratories and a team of highly qualified professionals. Coppecomb was inaugurated on 29 June 2007 as a result of a partnership between the Chemical Engineering Program (PEQ) of Coppe / UFRJ (Alberto Luiz Coimbra Institute of Graduate Studies and Research in Engineering) and Petrobras.

The birth of PEQ and Coppe

Coppe / UFRJ was founded by Alberto Luiz Coimbra, an engineer, and is one of the most important teaching and research centers of engineering in Latin America. The Chemical Engineering Program (PEQ), which was the first course to be established, pioneered graduate teaching in Brazil. Coppe participates in committees, research centers, multilateral agencies, international scientific institutions and has cooperation agreements with universities in Canada, France, Argentina, USA, Netherlands, China and Germany.

The beginning of Coppetec

Coppetec was set up within Coppe in order to administer agreements and contracts with companies, public and private agencies and both domestic and foreign non-governmental organizations.

Coppe / Petrobras Partnership

This partnership was the first major agreement between a university (UFRJ) and a state company. It marked the beginning of joint research into oil and related matters.

Technology-based Business Incubator

The Coppe incubator is especially designed to stimulate the setting up of new businesses based on technological knowledge developed by research groups at UFRJ.

A benchmark

Coppe celebrated its thousandth project in partnership with Petrobras.


The Chemical Analysis Laboratory (LAQ) was the result of a partnership between Coppe and Cenpes (Petrobras R&D). The lab launched tests for the characterization of petroleum products.

LAQ was the embryo for Coppecomb.

Expanding Horizons

LAQ established new tests for the characterization of biofuels.

Research activities

LAQ began joint research projects with the Transportation Engineering Program (PET) and the International Virtual Institute of Global Change (IVIG), as well as other Coppe programs.

The Birth of coppecomb

ComDue to the successful ongoing projects of LAQ (Chemical Analysis Laboratory), Cenpes (Petrobras Research Center) renewed its partnership with PEQ (Chemical Engineering Program) and invested in setting up new laboratories to create coppecomb.

International cooperation: China - Brazil

Sponsored by FINEP, the Brazilian Innovation Agency, the Brazil-China Center began its activities in January 2009. The China – Brazil Center for Climate Change and Energy Technology Innovation is a technological and academic cooperation between Coppe/UFRJ — which is the major engineering research center in Latin America — and Tsinghua University, which is the most important Chinese university in the field of engineering. The Center has an office at Tsinghua University, in Beijing, where the activities are coordinated and from where contacts are established with the Chinese and Brazilian companies interested in the technologies developed by the two countries.


O COPPEComb e a Universidade de Tsinghua, através do Centro China Brasil assinam um acordo tecnológico, no qual serão desenvolvidos em conjunto projetos na area de bioenergia.

Coppe / PEQ - 50 years

On its 50th anniversary PEQ once again received the maximum classification CAPES1. The Chemical Engineering Program has always been awarded the maximum evaluation by CAPES1.

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Besides the technicians with over 20 years experience in their respective fields, some of whom started their careers at Petrobras, coppecomb has appropriate storage facilities for the safety and maintenance of samples, as well as best practice policies to ensure test results.

The Coppecomb laboratories have collective protective equipment and personal protective equipment (PPE) is supplied to all its employees. The Instrumentation Laboratory is used by repair and maintenance teams in order to avoid, whenever possible, their presence in sensitive areas or areas with occupational risk.

Environmental conditions (temperature, relative humidity, luminosity and vibration) are kept within the limits required for the tests and for fume hoods.

The residues of the tests and processes are stored and subsequently treated and disposed of by a company certified according to the ISO 9001:2008, NBR ISO 14001:2004 and BS OHSAS 18001:2007 standards.