During many years the CID has been the referent of the CSIC Chemistry in Catalonia.
Not only many graduate students and post-docs trained in this Center have moved to relevant positions in academic institutions and in private sectors, but CID has been the seed of outstanding research centers in Catalonia. In 1996, a joined action of the bioorganic, theoretical and technological groups together with teams working on chemical issues related to the environment led to the creation of the Institute for Chemical and Environmental Research of Barcelona (IIQAB). During the ten-year period of IIQAB, the Institute became a referent in the fields of Environmental Chemistry, Biological Chemistry, Theoretical and Computational Chemistry, Sustainable Chemistry and selected items of Chemical Technology. Some of these fields have remained active and have been reinforced at IQAC since its creation in 2007. Furthermore, during its 10 years of life, research on Nanobiotechnology has emerged as a potent working area at the Institute. The apparent heterogeneity of the active research areas at IQAC is clearly compensated by the wide opportunities of their mutual interaction, making IQAC a solid and modern Institute that looks at the future leaning on three key pillars: the robustness of the chemistry tradition in our Centre, the enthusiasm and expertise of its personnel and the firm willingness to warmly welcome staff scientists not trained in the Institute, providing them with the best possible conditions to carry out their research in a competitive, friendly and collaborative environment.