In 1990 Professor Avelino Corma and Professor Jaime Primo founded the Instituto de Tecnología Química (UPV-CSIC) which started with minimum economic support; basically, the space was made available by transformation of a parking slot at the UPV campus. In 1994 the team moved to a brand new building where the ITQ is currently located. Today, after more than thirty years, the ITQ has over 200 people working there. The ITQ is a world reference center in catalysis, new materials, and photochemistry. The institute is also recognized for its capability to transfer basic knowledge to technological applications. Besides, as an indicator of its international excellence, it should be emphasized that the ITQ is engaged in international research projects in collaboration with leading companies.
During these four decades, the Instituto de Tecnología Química (UPV-CSIC) has focused on competitive fundamental research, has been able to transfer knowledge to industry, and has formed new research generations.
Besides, ITQ has made a number of achievements, with international impact, in connection to crude oil refining, processes for pollutants removal from natural gas, processes to obtain chemical products with high added value, as well as the design of new automated “high throughput” reactors and new reaction systems, solar cells and sensors. Important advances have also been achieved in biomedicine and health, to minimize photosensitization caused by drugs and to repair photochemical damage to DNA and also in the development of new products and processes that are expected to contribute to future cancer treatment strategies.