To contribute in the development of Surfaces Engineering in Mexico, generating technologies adequate to the country’s needs and to the formation of high quality human resources in the field.


The Center will turn into an excellence center that will produce state of the art knowledge and will generate new alternatives that will lessen effectively the deterioration processes that the industrial usage materials can experience, therefore extending useful life of pieces and components, with processes that will be increasingly friendly with the environment.


  • Develop surface technologies the reduce corrosion problems and the wear and tear or materials used in the country, carrying on the basic and applied research.
  • Prepare high quality human resources at the undergraduate and graduate levels.
  • Generate high quality didactic written material for use in teaching, which is not available in Latin America in this scientific area.
  • Increase students and professor’s interchange and mobility with national end international industrial entities and academic institutions.
  • Organize national and international events in the Surface Engineering field, with the goal of increasing its diffusion among engineering students and professionals in the Hispanic countries.


  • Chemical Nickel. Chemical nickel of various metallic and non-metallic substrates. Development of composite, ternary and duplex chemical coatings.
  • Thermal Projection. Preparation of Coatings by thermal flame projection using powders or wire on metallic and non-metallic substrates. Generation of duplex coatings.
  • Thermochemical Treatments. Obtention of coatings over ferrous and non-ferrous alloys.
  • Processes by hot immersion. Development of alternative hot dip processes for ferrous and non-ferrous alloys.
  • Electrolytic coatings. Development of electrolytic coatings using pulsed current.
  • Coatings using Sol Gel Technologies. Development of coatings using different precursors. Improvement of coatings using various reinforcements.
  • Archaeometry. Electrochemical characterization of ancient metal objects. Evaluation of mechanical properties of archaeological and heritage ceramic materials.


  • Program: Support for Research Projects and Technological Innovation IT101318 "Development of surface technologies for the optimization of components and systems", sponsored by the General Directorate of Academic Personnel, UNAM (DGAPA).
  • Project PE100218. Program for updating and improving teaching and learning of subjects such as Materials, Manufacturing and Surface Engineering to engineering students. Program to support projects for innovation and improvement of teaching (PAPIME). Sponsored by DGAPA, UNAM.
  • Project IN114316. Development and characterization of nanofibers through the electrospinning technique applied in chemical-biological systems, sponsored by the General Directorate of Academic Personnel, UNAM (DGAPA).


Contact: Full time Professor, Dr. Arturo Barba Pingarrón, arbapin7@comunidad.unam.mx
Location: Level 2 "T" Building (Bernardo Quintana). Faculty of Engineering. Exterior Circuit. University Campus. Coyoacán, 04510 CDMX.