Headquartered in Rio de Janeiro, this Institute, part of the Ministry of Science, Technology, Innovations and Communications (MCTIC), operates nationally along with the productive sector, providing innovative technology solutions and specialized technical services. Its performance is focused on energy, industrial health complex, oil and gas, defense, renewable energy, green chemistry and social technologies. The Institute is composed of 19 laboratories, organized in accordance with strict quality standards, composed of highly trained professionals.
INT increasingly turns its attention to the interaction with the productive sector through technology transfer, in order to generate innovations in companies or public organizations. Noteworthy is the work of the Institute as one of the three institutions that initiated the service of the Brazilian Agency for Industrial Research and Innovation (Embrapii), which supports innovation in enterprises. Currently, INT is certified as an EMBRAPII Unit to operate in Industrial Chemical Technology, offering important technological support to the productive sector.
The Institute is structured into technical areas such as: catalysis and chemical processes; corrosion and degradation; industrial design; energy; assessments and production engineering; testing of materials and products; technological innovation; processing and characterization of materials; and analytical chemistry.
Aware of its role in generating technology, INT has encouraged the protection of creations, licensing and other forms of transferring technology and technical information to society, besides forming technology-based companies. These activities are supported in the legal framework of ST&I, driven by the Innovation Law and managed by a Technological Innovation Center (NIT) and a Business Incubator, besides having a Project Management Office, which supports the innovation projects developed in partnership with companies.
In the oil and gas industry, the Institute strongly works in meeting the demands of the exploration and production of this sector, by simulating the pre-salt setting for evaluation and development of inhibitors for pipelines and materials subjected to high pressures and highly corrosive agents.
In the area of drugs and health industrial complex, INT has a growing activity, very focused on innovation. Currently it is engaged in: the development of technological method for solubilization of drugs, which is in the interest of the Brazilian Health System (SUS); in performing mechanical and optical tests on breast implants; in the development of methodologies for evaluation of tobacco and its derived products; in the evaluation and development of implants and orthopedic prostheses; and in the Ibero-American Network of Biomanufacturing, researching materials, processes and simulation.
Nanotechnology is present in the new materials developed by INT, such as biocompatible polymer nanoparticles that release anti-tuberculosis drugs in the lung, biomaterials with controlled porosity that enhance the fixation of surgical implants, nanomembranes able to eliminate sea salt from the water or toxic substances from the blood.
In the field of biofuels, INT has different actions of technological development. Coordinating the thematic group for characterization and quality control of the Brazilian Biodiesel Technology Network (RBTB), the work carried out by the energy area includes the development of the instrumental training project for the network laboratories. The Institute also invests in the evaluation of the characteristics of different types of biodiesel in simulated storage conditions.
An important project accomplished by the Institute was developed to collect and analyze anthropometric measurements of the oil and gas workers. Conducted in partnership with Petrobras, with funds from the Oil Sector Fund (CTPetro), transferred by FINEP, the work made possible the purchase of two three-dimensional laser scanners. The equipment, first of its kind in Latin America, raises the precise measurements of the body surface of a particular population. From these data, it simulates human activity in virtual sets, generating subsidies to map risks, optimize productivity and ensure the safety of workers.
Another important result INT achieved has been in the area of social development, with transfer of assistive technologies and social inclusion. Among recent projects are: the Braille Electronic Wall, aimed at the social inclusion of the visually and hearing impaired; pedagogical objects to facilitate the learning of students with disabilities such as autism; and the development of special wheelchairs for playing sports.
INT also became the first federal government agency accredited by the National Institute of Metrology, Quality and Technology (Inmetro) to certify products. Since 2011, INT works as the 23rd Products Certifying Body (OCP 0023), evaluating and granting the mark of conformity to products such as condoms, breast implants, alcohol packaging, matches, helmets, cachaça and organic products.
Pioneering: Innovation since 1921
The National Institute of Technology has a pioneer role dedicated to innovation and technological development of the country since its creation in 1921 as Experimental Station of Fuels and Ores. It was the first institute to develop technology for the use of ethanol as a fuel for automotive vehicles, studies on vegetable oil as fuel and on a process for using charcoal in the steel industry, replacing coke. It also laid the foundation of the Brazilian metrological regulation and a service of technological information to serve the business sector.
The Institute has greatly contributed to some events that are landmarks of the national technological development, such as: the confirmation of the existence of oil in Brazil, in Lobato, Bahia; the development of a concrete test method; an anthropometric survey of the Brazilian population; and the technological validation of the National Alcohol Program (Proálcool).
"To participate in the sustainable development of Brazil, through technological research, transfer of knowledge and promotion of innovation."
"To be recognized by 2021 as a national reference in research and technological development for innovation."