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Institute of Chemical Research of Catalonia (ICIQ)

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The Institute of Chemical Research of Catalonia (ICIQ) started its research activities in 2014. Since its creation, ICIQ aimed at becoming a center 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
  • In 2017: joined the Barcelona Institute of Science and Technology (BIST).
  • In 2012: awarded with “Premi Nacional Partenariat Públic-Privat ICIQ-Henkel-UAB” by the National Research Awards.
  • In 2010: awarded with the “Narcís Munturiol” seal by the Government of Catalonia.
Ranking positioning
  • In 2018: in its fourth release, the web application Mapping Scientific Excellence ranks ICIQ in first position in “Best Journal Rate” (ratio of papers published in the most influential journals) and third in “Best Paper Rate” (proportion of highly cited papers published by an institution) in the field of Chemistry worldwide.
  • In 2014: ranking in the SCIMAGO Worldwide Rankings of Universities and Research Institutes in terms of Excellence with Leadership.
  • In 2010: 3rd position on Best Journal Rate in the Mapping Scientific Excellence worldwide ranking in the field of Chemistry. 
  • In 2006: 2nd on Best Paper Rate. 
Director of the center
Miquel A. Pericàs

Miquel A. Pericàs

  • Studied Chemistry and Chemical engineering, obtained his PhD in 1979 from University of Barcelona
  • Major research interests are enantioselective catalysis, development of enzyme-like catalysts and development of photocatalytic materials
  • Appointed as ICIQ’s Founding Director in 2000
  • Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry since 2014
  • Director of the Barcelona Institute of Science and Technology (BIST) from 2016 to 2017.
  • 2019 - Gold Medal of the Spanish Royal Society of Chemistry (RSEQ).
  • Co-author of over 285 scientific publications, 6 book chapters and co-inventor in 26 patents
Renowned researcher

Esther Alza

  • Studied Chemistry and Biochemistry at URV and obtained her PhD from ICIQ in 2011.
  • Awarded as Welcome Trust postdoctoral Fellowship to work in the University of Cambridge.
  • She came back to ICIQ in 2014 to set up the Unit ERTFLOW, future spin-off of ICIQ.
  • Major research interest in novel organic synthesis methodologies and technologies, from catalysis to flow chemistry with robotics and automatization for a fast development of new products and drugs.
The project

The chemistry of the future will be very different from what we do nowadays, and our research project wants to present the laboratory where we will work tomorrow. With this project, the students will have to decide all the details of the continuous process. Working as true scientists, they will have to design and assemble a continuous flow reactor, synthesize a catalyst, and carry out improvements in the processes to make it more sustainable.