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Institute of Computational Chemistry and Catalysis

The UdG’sInstitute of Computational Chemistry and Catalysis (IQCC) is an international benchmark in computational chemistry and catalysis. The unit was created as an Institute of Computational Chemistry (IQC) in 1993, and its rules were approved by the UdG's Senate in 1997. In 2012, the IQC merged with two experimental research groups, the Bio-Inspired Supramolecular Chemistry (QBIS) research group and the Transition Metals in Organic Synthesis (METSO) research unit, changing its name to the Institute of Computational Chemistry and Catalysis (IQCC), approved by the Senate of the UdG in February 2013. Based on this transformation, the IQCC faced the new 21st century challenges from the basis of collective project, which is more efficient and adapted in the new research framework at a Catalan, Spanish and European level.

The objective of the institute is divided into three missions:
dissemination, teaching and research.

The IQCC is an active source of dissemination and communication activities for citizens. It does this through its website and its social networks (@IQCCUdG https://www.linkedin.com/company/iqcc-univ-girona/about/ ), where it publishes its results, awards and events (IQCC Forum, Science Slam and talks from guest scholars, among others). And also through collaboration with the Chair of Science, Culture and Digital Communication (C4D) @c4dudg <g12/>, fostering communication and awareness raising of science among the public of all ages (two members of the IQCC are part of the C4D), putting on events such as Research Night, visits to schools and visits to Institutes. Moreover, every two years the IQCC organises an international conference (Girona Seminar ) to attract scientists from all over the world to Girona to discuss new advances and form possible collaborations, without forgetting young people who, through the Young Researchers Symposium, are given the opportunity to show their results to the more than 150 international experts in the corresponding areas of knowledge. In 2018, Nobel Prize winner in Chemistry 2016, Ben Feringa, was one of the outstanding speakers

Education is one of the other important pillars of IQCC. Upper secondary school students are hosted in the Institute under the pre-university programme (Summer School), bachelor's degree students are supervised during their bachelor's thesis (TFG), it offers its own master linked to the University of Girona Master in Advanced Catalysis and Molecular Modelling (MACMoM) @MACMoMUdG , new PhDs are educated through the UdG’s doctoral programme in chemistry, and Erasmus exchange and post-doctoral students are welcomed. All in all, this allows students to work in a research group where they can improve their research skills with high level scientific projects, thus giving them the opportunity to launch a successful career in research at both an academic and an industrial level.

The third axis on which the IQCC is based, innovation, enables us to solve important challenges for society through its four lines of research, which always aim for excellence:

  • Computational chemistry tools
  • Sustainable catalysis
  • Synthetic methodologies driven by light
  • Predictive chemistry in the confined space

To carry out its own projects, the IQCC collaborates with different universities from all over the world involved in different areas of knowledge. The institute also wants to transfer its new (bio)catalyser, materials and computational tools results to different industries and investors to guarantee their commercialisation. In this line, it has six patents, Industrial doctoral degree students and different collaboration agreements with the industry. Furthermore, in the summer of 2018 a new spin-off was created, GiOxCat, (@gioxcat), which focuses on the oxidation reactions of iron and manganese, and crossed coupling reactions catalysed for copper. This entrepreneurial initiative was promoted by two IQCC researchers.

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