- About Us
Here you will find all information about the different aspects of the Institute of Computational Chemistry and Catalysis (IQCC) of the University of Girona (UdG). Irrespective if you are looking for information about our research, master and PhD theses, education possibilities, or outreach activities: you have come to the right place.
Our institute is built primarily upon Chemistry, the central science of life, which connects the disciplines of Physics, Biology, Mathematics and Medicine. Aspects of these five sciences are well reflected by the knowledge created in our institute, where collaborative efforts are the main instruments of our daily business. It is almost unthinkable nowadays to have a research project based on either lab work or calculations. Through the combination of these two, a deeper understanding is gained of the chemical processes that are taking place.
The need for collaboration is especially found with the fascinating chemistry of transition-metal complexes and enzymes. These (bio)molecules often lead to unexpected behavior, thereby enabling the exploration of new routes for the transformation of unreactive molecules, or the protection of vulnerable species. In short: it leads to the promising new field of Predictive Catalysis.
The four cornerstones of our institute are Research, Knowledge and Technology Transfer (KTT), Education, and Outreach to society. Research is our core activity, and focuses on four main topics:
• Computational Chemistry Tools
• Sustainable Catalysis
• Light-driven Synthetic Methodologies
• Predictive Chemistry at the Confined Space
Education covers the whole range from secondary school to doctoral studies and beyond, including our Master on Advanced Catalysis and Molecular Modeling. We want to provide our students and young researchers with the best environment to develop their talent and launch their careers.
Our outreach activities want to bring science closer to society by transferring our knowledge to industry and promoting science, in particular chemistry, amongst students and the general public, in collaboration with the Catedra of Scientific Communication and Digital Culture of the UdG (C4D).
I hope you enjoy your visit to our corner of the world wide web, and look forward to meeting you in real life in Girona!