The laboratory was founded in 1980 and coordinated by Prof. Dr. José Carlos Gubulin under the name of Laboratory of Separation Processes.
Until 1990 the research focused on drying and adsorption, with emphasis on heat and mass transfer processes. In this same year, research on Electrochemical Engineering started.
In 2006 the research group started to be coordinated by Prof. Dr. Luís Augusto M. Ruotolo and in 2009 received the name of Laboratory for Environmental Technologies (Latea).
In 2016, Prof. Dr. Francisco Guilherme E. Nogueira joined to the research group.
Presently, the Latea group develops Scientific Initiation, Master, and Doctorate studies in the field of adsorption, electrochemical engineering, environmental electrochemistry, electrosorption, photocatalysis, and photoelectrocatalysis.
Research partnerships with University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madrilenian Institute of Advanced Studies – Water and Energy, Embrapa Instrumentation, Federal University of Lavras, State University of Campinas, and Institute of Chemistry of São Carlos from University of São Paulo are in progress.
Extension projects developed with companies are welcome. Projects with Petrobras, Votorantim Metals, Bosch, and Ajinomoto were already concluded.