Institute of Chemical Research of Catalonia (ICIQ)

A Severo Ochoa center since 2013

About Institute of Chemical Research of Catalonia (ICIQ-CERCA)

The Institute of Chemical Research of Catalonia stands as a forefront research centre dedicated to advancing scientific knowledge, with a commitment to addressing social and economic challenges, such as climate change, sustainable raw material supply and energy sources.

Distinguished with two Severo Ochoa excellence accreditations, ICIQ is globally recognized as a benchmark in cutting-edge chemical research. Our Institute comprises 316 researchers, organized into 18 research groups that specialize in sustainable catalysis, renewable energies, and health. Excellence is propelled through the seamless integration of computational and experimental research methodologies.

ICIQ researchers have achieved significant success, securing 25 projects funded by the European Research Council (ERC Grants). Additionally, 8 of our researchers hold ICREA professorships, solidifying ICIQ’s position as a premier centre attracting international talent.

Situated in Tarragona, at the heart of Southern Europe’s major petrochemical complex, ICIQ actively collaborates with the industry, facilitating the transfer of knowledge and driving the development of innovative applications, with a distinct emphasis on patents and spin-offs. A cornerstone of our mission is the training of the next generation of scientists through high-level education programmes.

As a CERCA centre and member of BIST, ICIQ is committed to shaping the future of chemical research as a driving force for contributing to a sustainable and equitable development. For further information, please visit

Key Facts of Institute of Chemical Research of Catalonia (ICIQ)

175 Articles
Total number of scientific articles published in 2021, 75% of which in the 1st quartile
51% Competitive Income
Percentage of all funding was obtained from competitive calls
22 ERC Grants
Cumulative number of ERC Grants obtained by ICIQ till the year 2021
12 Industrial Collaborations
Number of ICIQ-industry projects
Severo Ochoa grant enables ICIQ to boost its cutting-edge research in the fields of chemistry, energy, and sustainability, and thus contribute to a circular economy. It also allows us to strengthen our science education activities and continue our Starting Career, PhD and Postdoctoral fellowships programs.
Emilio Palomares
Director at ICIQ