Center for research in Chemical and Material Biology (CiQUS)

RCSI-CiQUSThe scientific objective of the Center for Research in Chemical and Material Biology (CiQUS) focuses on the implementation of transdisciplinary strategies to resolve important scientific and technlogical problems through basic and applied research in the field of biochemistry and the development of new functional materials.

The CiQUS is constituted by two vertical areas (Biochemistry and New Materials) and two transversal areas (Structural Chemistry and Computational Chemistry).

The building that houses the CiQUS, whose construction was completed in March 2010, occupies 5,900 m2 built area and account with 22 research laboratorios (90 m2), designed under the premises of flexibility, security and sustainability, and equipped with furniture and top-notch facilities. Floors 0 and 1 house laboratories of most of the groups which carry out their work in the field of new materials, while plants 2 and 3 concentrate research in biological chemistry. The center also boasts with about 1000 m2 dedicated to facilities of instrumental support, including:

  • Nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) facility, with Varian Mercury 300 and Varian Innova
  • 500 instruments.
  • Radioactive Installation
  • Laboratory for high pressure reactions
  • Laboratories of instrumental support: chromatography equipment (GC, HPLC),
  • MS-GC MS-HPLC, circular dichroism, glove box, thermogravimetric analysis (TGA),
  • differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), etc.
  • Femtochemistry laboratory
  • Cell culture room, dark room, cold rooms
  • PLD
  • Laboratory of lithography
  • Laboratory of electrophysiology
  • Computer cluster
  • Chemical stockroom and parchase center
  • These resources are complemented with a catalog of services RIAIDT, most located in the building CACTUS, that include high-field NMR (Varian Innova 750, Bruker DRX-500), mass spectrometry, confocal and electron microscopy, X-Ray diffraction, magnetosusceptibility, etc as well as the technological platforms associated.
Currently, the CiQUS has 35 group leaders and 130 pre- and postdoctoral researchers that, organized in 20 research teams, develop their work in the fields of biological chemistry and new functional materials. The CIQUS will continue to build upon its expert staff through Campus Vida’s talent attraction program.


  • Metal Catalysis: Catalytic Methods for the Efficient Synthesis of Bioactive Cyclic Products
  • Chemical Biology: Synthetic Tools for Studying Biological Systems (video)
  • ERC – AdG “MetBioCat”: Application of Metal Catalyzed Chemistry in “in vivo” Settings
  • Helical Polymers: Sensors and Nanostructures (video)
  • Nanostructures:  Biomedical Applications (video)

  • Biological Organic Chemistry: Peptides for molecular recognition. Photochemistry. Chemical tools to study mitochondria
  • Biological Inorganic Chemistry: DNA Recognition Agents, Molecular Sensors and Devices
  • Antibacterials: Development of Updated Therapies
  • Molecular Virology (video)
  • IC-tagging technology platform: Virus-based biotechnological applications
  • Combinatorial Chemistry in Biomedicine
  • Carbohydrate Chemistry: Novel Applications in Biological Chemistry and Material Sciences

  • Chemistry of Condensed Matter: Magnetism and Nanotechnology (video)
  • ERC – StG “2DTHERMS”: Thermoelectrics Based on 2-D Nanostructures of Correlated Oxides
  • ERC – PoC “ANTS”: New technology of microthermal sensing for application in microcalorimetry
  • Functional Nanoestructured Materials: Tools for Biomedical Applications

  • Polymers: a Tool for Manufacturing Nanomaterials
  • EU Project “NanoRestART“: NANOmaterials for the REStoration of works of ART
  • Aryne Chemistry: from Organic Synthesis to Materials Science (video1)
  • EU Project “PAMS”: Pla­nar Atomic and Mol­e­c­u­lar Scale devices (video2 & video3)
  • Organometallic Catalysis: Development of New Catalytic Reactions
  • Reactivity and Catalysis
  • Reactivity and Catalysis
  • Theoretical and Computational Chemistry: Hydrogen Transfer Reactions
  • Biophysical Chemistry, Photophysics and Spectroscopy
  • Computational modeling of noncovalent interactions involving molecular nanostructures
  • Chemical Dynamics Simulations in Gas and Condensed Phases (video)
  • Biomolecular NMR

If you want to download the memory of the Centre, click HERE