The Laboratory of Ceramic Materials, LMC, was founded in 1992 by Dr. Wander L. Vasconcelos at the Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering of the School of Engineering of UFMG. The establishment of LMC was made possible by financing obtained from CNPq, FAPEMIG, FINEP, PADCT, GTZ and UFMG.

The activities of LMC give support to teaching and researching in the field of ceramic materials at UFMG. Post-Graduate Program on Metallurgical and Mining Engineering - CPGEM (ranked as "national excellence program" by the Ministry of Education). The LMC offers also the major facilities for the Nucleus of Application and Research on the Science and Engineering of Microstructures - NADCEM.