Our society faces important challenges among which health and environmental concerns are a priority. Chemistry plays a fundamental role in addressing these issues that have everything to do with quality of life. To succeed, our increasingly knowledge-based economy requires a solid and strong chemical industry. In order for this industry to be successful, it must take a sustainable approach based on the rational use of feed-stocks and raw materials. And for this, chemical research needs to be well funded and novel approaches into transforming matter must be developed.
We consider that catalysis is the key activity for sustainable chemistry. Catalytic processes can minimise raw materials and energy consumption, and can lead to the selective formation of target products with minimal generation of waste. We are also convinced that chemistry plays an important role in the development of renewable energy resources. Consequently, our research is focused on the generation of hydrogen from water through sustainable processes, on the development of more efficient photovoltaic devices and on the CO2 conversion into liquid fuels and feedstock for the chemical industry.
ICIQ was created with a clear mission for excellence in chemical research. We are committed to providing robust training to the best and brightest professionals and academics to further develop their careers.
Just as importantly, it is our responsibility as leaders in the field to engage youth to pursue a career in chemistry.
I hope you find the information provided useful and please, do not hesitate to visit us any time you are in Tarragona.
Miquel A. Pericàs