The Institute of Molecular Science (ICMol), located at the Parc Científic de la Universitat de València, was founded in 2000 with the mission of establishing in Valencia a centre of excellence in Molecular Science and Nanoscience.
Directed from its beginnings by professor Eugenio Coronado, its objectives range from the chemical design of molecule-based materials, to the manufacture and characterization of molecular devices of interest in fields such as electronics and molecular spintronics, quantum computing, molecular sensors and tge generation and storage of energy.
It produces most of the high impact research papers of the Univ. of Valencia in Chemistry and it is recognised internationally as one of the pioneering centres for the research on molecular science.
The centre also houses a Scientific Unit for Business Innovation (UCIE) of the Valencian Agency for Innovation (AVI) to promote the transfer of knowledge in the Valencian business fabric.
The ICMol employs more than 220 scientific researchers and houses the most advanced systems for the preparation, characterisation and study of molecules and molecular materials. The ICMol keeps 8 European Research Council (ERC) grants active and another 12 researchers within de framework of the “Ramon y Cajal” excellence programme, as well as 6 distinguished researchers from excellence from the Valencian Community (CIDEGENT program).
The aims of the Institute are:
- To design and synthesise molecules and molecular assemblies exhibiting useful physical or chemical properties.
- To investigate these properties through both experimental and theoretical approaches.
- To explore the potential applications of these molecules and materials in different areas of current interest (molecular magnetism, molecular electronics, nanotechnology, biotechnology, catalysis…).