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The Institute of Advanced Chemistry of Catalonia (IQAC) has been created for doing research of excellence focused on basic chemical sciences, but also addressed to solve specific problems of our society by using tools from the chemistry-biology interface, theoretical chemistry, chemical and biomolecular nanotechnology and sustainable chemistry. In particular, the identification of niches where our expertise can make important contributions will be systematically pursued.

Although its creation was in 2007, the research groups incorporated into IQAC have a recognized international prestige in their research fields. Among others, it should be highlighted the design, synthesis and evaluation of molecules of therapeutic, pharmacological or biological interest, the chemistry and applications of surfactants, the study of hormones and enzymatic transformations in insects, the development of environmentally friendly technologies, the treatment of industrial waste, the research in peptides and proteins, the theoretical study in electronic structure, or the application of nanotechnological approaches to the understanding of nanoscale systems and the development of novel nanomaterials and nanodevices, such as bioanalytical tools based on the combination of tailored bioreceptors, new nucleic acid derivatives and well-defined nanostructures and advanced materials.

In addition, our Institute has a set of scientific and technical facilities that offer services to the IQAC research groups as well as to groups or companies from elsewhere. Among these services, it should be mentioned: Thermal Analysis and Calorimetry, Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy, Paramagnetic Resonance Spectroscopy, Elemental Microanalysis, Synthesis of High-Added Value Molecules, X-Rays Dispersion at Small Angle, Characterization of Colloidal Dispersions, Biodegradation and Ecotoxicity, Percutaneous Absorption and Monoclonal Antibodies Production and Characterization.

The Institute was created in 2007 to better accommodate the interests of scientists of the Chemistry areas working at the "Center of Investigation and Development" (CID) and to provide a greater external projection of the activities of these scientists within the frame of the Spanish Research Council (CSIC). In spite of its recent creation, the Institute inherits the long and fruitful research tradition in Organic Chemistry initiated by Prof. José Pascual Vila since 1940. After finalizing his activity in the University in 1967, Prof. Pascual Vila moved with his co-workers of CSIC into the Institute of Organic Chemistry of Barcelona in CID. At the same time, CSIC scientists working on Chemical Technology, such as those related to the textile and leather fields, were also incorporated into CID. During many years the CID has been the referent of the CSIC Chemistry in Catalonia and of the organic and bioorganic chemistry research in our community. Many graduate students and postdocs formed in this Center have moved to relevant positions in academic institutions (Universities, CSIC) and in private sector. In 1996, a joined action of the bioorganic, theoretical and technological groups together with those working in chemical issues related to the environment, led to the creation of the Institute of Chemical and Environmental Research "Josep Pascual Vila" (IIQAB). During the ten-year period of IIQAB, research groups have adapted their objectives to the new demands of society and new groups have also been generated. From these efforts, the Biological Chemistry, Theoretical and Computational Chemistry, Sustainable Chemistry and selected items of Chemical Technology have been reinforced. Concomitantly, potent groups working on Chemical and Biomolecular Nanotechnology have emerged or have been incorporated into IQAC. Actually, this set of scientific interests, in which the apparent heterogeneity of the active research areas is clearly compensated by the wide opportunities of their mutual interaction, justifies the creation of IQAC as a solid and modern Institute that looks at the future leaning on two pillars: the enthusiasm and expertise of its personnel and the robustness of the Chemistry tradition in our Centre.