The research structures of the Campus of International Excellence Southern Catalonia (CEICS) in the area of chemistry and energy have their roots in the university and have continued growing with the creation of research institutes, which have been key to the development and promotion of research in the area. The URV now has approximately twenty groups focusing on research into chemical engineering and analytical, organic, inorganic and computational chemistry as well as applied physics and biochemistry. Furthermore, a research centre for materials engineering and micro-nano systems, EMaS, comprises five additional groups. The scientific production of the university exceeds 250 articles per year published in specialist chemistry and energy books and journals - and that figure rises considerably with the inclusion of articles published by the research institutes.
ICIQ, a key component of the Science and Technology Park
Since 2004, research into the fields of chemistry and energy has been reinforced with the establishment of the Institute of Chemical Research of Catalonia (ICIQ), an international benchmark centre with three main lines of research: catalysis, supramolecular chemistry and renewable energies. It is made up of 18 research groups and is located on the Sescelades Campus, close to the URV's Faculty of Chemistry and School of Chemical Engineering. It is one of the key components of the Tarragona Science and Technology Park, a research and knowledge transfer complex where the interests of the university, research centres and research institutes and businesses come together.
Research into renewable energies at the IREC
One of the campus's main pillars of research is located in the main building of the Science and Technology Park on the Sescelades Campus: IREC, the Catalonia Institute for Energy Research, specializing in renewable energies. The institute's main offices in Tarragona focus on technological research into bioenergy and biofuels and marine wind power projects.
Tarragona is the wind power factory of Catalonia - accommodating half of the operating, authorized or planned wind farms in the autonomous community.
Find out more about CEICS research groups
The university and research institutes have consolidated research groups in the specialist areas of chemistry and energy.
Find out about URV groups:
- Physics of Microgravity Environments
- AGA, Environmental Analysis and Management
- Bioengineering and Bioelectrochemistry Group
- Bioinformatics & Computational Environmental Engineering
- BioRefinery Technologies (Bio-Core)
- Organometallics and Homogeneous Catalysis
- Heterogeneous Catalysis
- Chemical Reaction Engineering and Process Intensification
- Chromatography Group. Environmental applications
- Droplets, Interfaces and Flows
- DSFluids, Dynamical Systems in Fluid Mechanics
- Experimentation, Computation and Modelling in Fluid Mechanics and Turbulence
- Physics and Materials Crystallography
- Physics and Nanomaterials Crystallography
- Group of Automation and Industrial Electronics
- CREVER - Applied Thermal Engineering Group
- Group of Chemometrics, Qualimetrics and Nanosensors
- Catalytic Materials for Green Chemistry
- Applied Geometry
- Microsystems and Nanotechnologies for Chemical Analysis
- Molecular Modeling
- Group of Nanobiotechnology and Bioanalysis
- Nanoelectronic and Photonic Systems
- Molecular Simulation I: Complex Systems
- Molecular Simulation II: Polymers and Interfaces
- Quantum Chemistry
- Science and Engineering of Emergent Systems
- Simulation and Intelligent Control of Water Treatment
- Stereoselective Organic Synthesis
- Signal Processing for Omic Sciences
- Sustainable Computer Aided Process Engineering
- Group of Plasmonics and Ultradetection
Find out about other groups:
- Information on the ICIQ research groups studying supramolecular chemical catalysis and renewable energies.
- IREC groups are studying Offshore Wind Energy and Bioenergy and Biofuels.
- Would you like to know more about EMAS research? This is a research centre with researchers from disciplines such as physics, chemistry and chemical engineering, optical and photonic materials engineering or biophotonics, electronic engineering and environmental engineering.
The science park, an environment of innovation in chemistry
Plans are underway to convert the area surrounding the Sescelades Campus into a hub of innovation and knowledge transfer, incorporating all the research and transfer structures of the CEICS.