The Agencia Estatal Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC) is the largest public multidisciplinary research organisation in Spain. CSIC collaborates with national and International universities, public RTD organisations, SMEs, companies and other institutions of a scientific/technological nature. It has a staff of more than 13,500 employees, among these about 3,500 are permanent researchers and more than 4,000 are pre- and post-doctoral researchers. The CSIC has 135 institutes or centres distributed throughout Spain, including 51 Joint Research Units with universities or other research institutions. There is also a delegation in Brussels. It has considerable experience in both participating and managing RTD projects and training of research personnel.
The Instituto de Tecnologia Química (CSIC-ITQ) is a joint research centre founded in 1990 by the CSIC and the Universidad Politècnica de València (UPV). The CSIC-ITQ is a worldwide recognized institute that integrates catalysis and materials science through a multidisciplinary approach. It staff conforms a highly qualify multidisciplinary team of specialists in synthesis, characterization of catalysts as well as expertise in their catalytic activity determination in model reactions and reactions of industrial interest.
The CSIC-ITQ is participant or has participated in many European projects with other worldwide recognize research institutions and some of the most important companies related to petrochemistry, refining, catalyst preparation and green chemistry. ITQ’s main research activity is focused on the synthesis of materials that can be used as heterogeneous catalysts for petrochemistry and fine chemicals. The current ITQ research staff is 30 that belong in approximately equal number to CSIC and the University of Valencia. In addition there are about 10 technical staff in charge with experimental techniques and four persons in charge with the administrative tasks.
Role in the project: The main role of CSIC in the project will be developing novel porous catalysts for the isomerisation and dehydration of carbohydrates and related feedstocks, developing novel zeolite structures for biomass conversion and their functionalisation.
Professor Dr. Avelino Corma Canos – Director of the Instituto de Tecnologia Química (UPV-CSIC)