For many years, companies in the chemical and energy sector in southern Catalonia have enjoyed access to a source of knowledge that has served to boost their competitiveness within their fields. Companies in the chemical industry contact the research groups of the Campus of International Excellence Southern Catalonia (CEICS) to work with them in developing pioneering projects, and some of these companies have already acquired patents for processes and products designed by campus research centres and university researchers.
Research, development and innovation projects
In the area surrounding the URV there are seven technology and innovation centres linked to chemistry and energy that are devoted to transferring technology to companies. One of these, the Chemical Technology Centre of Catalonia (CTQ), belongs to the Tarragona Science and Technology Park, which contributes to improving the competitiveness and technological progress of companies in the chemical sector through the provision and implementation of R&D&I projects and the transfer of innovative technologies.
ICIQ also has a business development unit that promotes and establishes contracts between research groups and industry.
Companies and research groups also work together in CENIT projects, in which the private sector takes part.
Research for nuclear power plants
The counties of Tarragona are the source of a significant part of the research transferred to nuclear power plants. The Mestral Technology Centre is located in the Vandellós facility and responds to the technological requirements for the dismantling of nuclear power plants. It has different lines of research open in this field in conjunction with the URV.
Innovation and technology centres of the CEICS
Some of the CEICS research centres were created by the URV or are shared with other universities or research institutes or entitites, or are linked to the URV through collaboration agreements.
Find out about the research centres that work in the area of chemistry:
- CiTQ - Innovation Centre in Chemical Technology
- DINAMIC - Innovation Centre in Applied Biotechnology
- AMIC - Environmental and Industrial Application of Catalysis
- TecaT - Centre of Technological Innovation in the Development of Catalysts for Sustainable Processes
- METEOR - Membrane Technology and Process Engineering
- TecnATox - Environmental, Food and Toxicological Technology Centre
- CTQ - Chemistry Technology Centre of Catalonia
Find out about the research activities of the Mestral Technology Centre, where research linked to the management of radioactive waste is conducted.
Facilitating the relationship between businesses and researchers
The structures of the CEICS offer services to facilitate scientific collaborations between researchers and industry - services which have enjoyed positive results for many years.
Contact ICIQ's business development unit, dedicated to promoting and managing contacts between research groups and industry.
The Innovation and Technology Transfer Centre which is a bridge between the productive sector and researchers and provides support for all procedures.