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Departament de Química Física i Inorgànica

Department Presentation

Welcome t the Department of Physical and Inorganic Chemistry.

The Physical and Inorganic Chemistry Department (DQFI) was founded in 1997 as a result of the reorganization of the former Department of Chemistry into two separate units. Since its creation, the DQFI has incorporated specialists in different areas as Inorganic Chemistry, Physical Chemistry, Computational Chemistry, Applied Physics, Materials Science and Crystallography to build up a high-quality research unit in Material Science, Catalysis, Cluster Chemistry and more recently also in Nanoscience and Bionanoscience. The department now constitutes a leading academic and research unit that seeks to push forward the knowledge frontier of several specific topics. The mixture of chemists, physicists and crystallographers in the DQFI has demonstrated to be an ideal ecosystem for generating high excellence in research. Scientific publications in journals such as Nature, Nature Materials, Nature Chemistry, Advanced Materials, Journal of the American Chemical Society, Angewandte Chemie, ACS Nano, ACS Catalysis; national and European grants; knowledge transfer contracts; the awards and distinctions received by members of the department; as well as the large number of citations of the articles authored by researchers of the department corroborate the outstanding trajectory of the DQFI. Indeed, for the 2012-2016 period 382 articles have been published co-authored by members of the DFQI, 40 of them with impact-factor larger than 10 and 110 with impact-factor larger than 6, the number of citations for only those articles being over 3600.

From the very beginning, the DQFI has successfully participated in the Ramon y Cajal (RyC) and ICREA programs to attract scientific talent. Since 2005, 80% of the new permanent members of the department have been recruited from these two programs, 6 RyC have been employed as associate professors ("profesores agregados") and 2 ICREA senior researchers have been incorporated in the staff of the department. In 2017, a new RyC has joined the department in the area of Materials Science.

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