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Institute of Chemical Research of Catalonia (ICIQ)

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Institute of Chemical Research of Catalonia (ICIQ) started its research activities in 2014. Since its creation, ICIQ aimed at becoming a centre of excellence, and it is internationally known as a leading institution in the field of chemistry committed with performing research at the frontiers of knowledge. ICIQ research groups conduct to top quality research on two main areas: catalysis and renewable energies.

Excellence and recognition awards
  • 2017 – ICIQ joins the Barcelona Institute of Science and Technology (BIST).
  • From 2014 – “Severo Ochoa Centre of Excellence” seal by the Ministry of Research, Development and Innovation of Spain.
  • 2012 – “Premi Nacional Partenariat Públic-Privat ICIQ-Henkel-UAB” of the National Research Awards (Generalitat de Catalunya).
  • From 2010 – “Narcís Munturiol” seal by the Government of Catalonia (Generalitat de Catalunya).
Ranking positioning
  • 2014 – ICIQ ranks in the SCIMAGO Worldwide Rankings of Universities and Research Institutes in terms if Excellence with Leadership.
  • 2006-2010 – 2nd on Best Paper Rate and 3rd position on Best Journal Rate in the Mapping Scientific Excellence worldwide ranking in the field of Chemistry. 
Director of the center
Miquel A. Pericàs

Miquel A. Pericàs

Miquel A. Pericàs studied Chemical Engineering at the Institut Químic de Sarrià (IQS) and Chemistry at the University of Barcelona (UB), and obtained his PhD degree in 1979. Since 1991 he has been a full professor of Organic Chemistry at that institution. His research has been characterized by the use of a combined theoretical-experimental approach for the study of chemical problems in the fields of organic and organometallic chemistry. In 2000 he was a recipient of the Government of Catalonia (Generalitat de Catalunya) award for the Promotion of the the Universitary Research, in 2001 he received the Janssen-Cylag award of the Spanish Royal Society of Chemistry for his research in organic chemistry and, in 2005 the Narcís Monturiol seal by the Government of Catalonia (Generalitat de Catalunya) for his scientific and technological merits. In June 2000, he was appointed as the director of ICIQ.

Renowned researcher
José Ramón Galán

José Ramón Galán

José Ramón Galán received his education in Chemistry at the University of Valencia (Spain) and the Imperial College in London (United Kingdom). In 2002, he got a Ramón y Cajal Fellowship to join the Institute of Molecular Science in Valencia , where he worked in multifunctional materials with combination of physical properties. In September 2009 he took a position at ICIQ, where he currently leads a research group focused on the synthesis, physical characterization and processing of transition-metal complexes of interest in Biology and Materials Sciences. In September 2010, he became Professor at the Catalan Institution for Research and Advanced Studies (ICREA). He has received several awards including the Young Chemist Research Award (2002) of the Spanish Royal Society of Chemistry and the Olivier Kahn International Award (2008) of MAGMANet European Network of Excellence. He has been awarded a European Research Council Starting Independent Researcher grant (ERC Starting Grant) and he received an ERC Proof of Concept grant in 2015.

The project

Do you imagine obtaining energy from water and light, as plants do? What if we could create an artificial leaf capable of doing the photosynthesis and use the energy produced as fuel to use in our daily life? In this project you will learn how to copy the natural photosynthesis process in the lab to discover different ways to use and store solar energy.