Word from the Unit Coordinator
The Centro de Química Estrutural (research Unit at the Instituto Superior Técnico (IST) of the Universidade de Lisboa), now also including members from the Faculdade de Ciências (Faculty of Sciences) of this University, covers a broad and interdisciplinary group of areas within the scope of Chemistry, performing both experimental and theoretical, fundamental and oriented/applied research.
Its Mission is to build-up scientific and technological skills contributing to the development of welfare of society by providing high quality Research, Development, Innovation and Teaching activities in different areas of Chemistry.
CQE holds important infrastructure facilities that were acquired or updated within the last years. Some of the more recent equipment installed in the Unit are already opening new doorways to high level research. Further upgrades are in progress.
The Unit is open to the Research Community, University and Industry, by setting up definite goals both in fundamental and applied research. Its continuing role in providing state-of-the-art advanced training is regarded as an essential goal, in an environment where innovation and entrepreneurship are increasingly important objectives.
The Unit research reflects a wide thematic diversity. Concerning the proposed Strategic Project proposed for 2015-2020, the activities span within four main Thematic Areas:
- Synthesis and Catalysis
- Biological Medicinal and Environmental Chemistry
- Materials Chemistry and Photoactive Processes
- Thermodynamics of Fluids and Nanosystems
A considerable fraction of CQE team members are Academic Staff, consistent with the University oriented character of the Centre. On average, most of the Integrated Members are involved in research on a basis of about 50-60 % of their working time.
A major and well succeeded goal of CQE activity has been the training and qualification of young researchers and post-graduate students. The Unit has also been attracting a high number of national and foreign Post-Doctoral research Associates, having a strong international character with a rich scientific critical mass.
The large number of past and present funded projects and a long-term inter-institutional and international cooperation practice constitute a major source of vitality for the progress of research in the Centre, which is expected to continue to flourish.
Armando J. L. Pombeiro