Research institutes

A significant part of the teaching staff assigned to the Faculty of Chemistry participates in research activities within the framework of various institutes.

Institute of Theoretical and Computational Chemistry

The IQTCUB is integrated by more than 60 expert researchers in different fields of Theoretical and Computational Chemistry. The research carried out ranges from the development of computational methods and tools, the application of different techniques of electronic structure and simulation to the study of materials science, reactivity and dynamics of chemical reactions and biological systems and of 'soft-mater '

The main objective is to generate research synergies by motivating interdisciplinary activities to achieve new challenges. Another important objective is to share experience in the management of computational resources, which are the main tool of this type of research.

Other institutes

  • Created in September 2006, the Institute of Biomedicine of the University of Barcelona (IBUB) conducts basic research and provides an interactive framework for scientists from different fields to conduct multidisciplinary integrated research in biomedicine.

    The IBUB's objectives are:

    1. to generate knowledge of biological systems using an integrative approach to identify objectives in therapy and the design of bioactive molecules with therapeutic potential;
    2. to generate advances in the quality of the community's living standards and of public health, promoting this at an international level and with a framework based on sustainability and high ethical standards; 
    3. to act as a quality centre for biomedical research training, so maintaining the Institute's founding mission as an entity that brings together UB researchers from the university's Faculties of Biology, Chemistry, and Pharmacy.
  • The University of Barcelona created in 2006 the Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (IN2UB), which has as an aim to coordinate multidisciplinary research activities carried out by several research groups of this institution. The (IN2UB) wants to contribute to the progress of science, while spurring, at the same time, industrial excellence. Researchers who are members of the (IN2UB) come from different scientific disciplines, such as Physics, Chemistry, Pharmacy Science, Biochemistry, and Medicine. In this framework, the (IN2UB) aims at promoting, both internally and internationally, the collaboration among different groups and research centres by strengthening interdisciplinary activities which integrate both basic and applied research.

  • There can be no doubt that water is essential for life and for the development of our society. Water plays a major role in society, politics and the economy, and its management is one of the challenges that must be tackled in the twenty-first century.

    The fight against contamination, the call for rational water use, efforts to overcome shortfalls in supply and the forecast and management of extreme situations (droughts and floods) are all priorities that need professionals with the capacity and the criteria for action. The required actions range from highly specific aspects of local supply to involvement in European or international strategies.

    For this reason, and to improve interdisciplinary research and foster the process of university education reform, the University of Barcelona founded the Water Research Institute. The Institute strengthens the University's potential through specific structures and instruments devised to channel research and teaching in the field of water.