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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 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

  • Degree in Chemistry and Chemical engineering.
  • PhD by University of Barcelona (UB).
  • Major research interests on enantioselective catalysis, development of enzyme-like catalysts and development of photocatalytic materials.
  • Appointed as ICIQ’s Founding Director.
  • Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry.
  • Co-author of over 285 scientific publications, 6 book chapters and co-inventor in 26 patents
Renowned researcher
José Ramón Galán

José Ramón Galán

  • Degree in Chemistry.
  • PhD by University of Valencia.
  • Major research interests on synthetic bioinorganic models for energy applications.
  • Recipient of ERC Starting Grant and ERC Proof of Concept Grant. 
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.