The Center for Research in Sustainable Chemistry (Centro de Investigación en Química Sostenible, CIQSO) was created in 2010 by the Universidad de Huelva, with the idea of promoting studies in the area of Chemistry ligated to environmental protection and sustainability processes. It is worth mentioning that Huelva is the base of the second larger concentration of chemical industries in Spain, and therefore CIQSO is committed to the improvement of the quality of life of the local population through the implementation of safer chemical protocols at the industrial level. In this sense, research at CIQSO is devoted to both basic research as well as direct collaboration with industries, finding solution for actual problems.
CIQSO is located at the Robert H. Grubbs building, with was inaugurated in December 2012 in an event that will be impossible to forget. Prof. Grubbs, from California Institute of Technology and Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 2005, came to our University to formally open “his” building, as well as to receive the Honoris Causa Doctorate from Universidad de Huelva. Working in a building with such name is a big honor…and a big responsibility. As he said during the ceremony, “I am sure I can give my name to this building since I completely trust in the researchers working in it, that will develop science and technology as demanded by the society nowadays”. Since then, we were, we are and we will be committed to that task as long as we can.
From the initial three independent labs, in 2021 we have reached the number of five, and out aim is to increase the scientific diversity as much as possible, under the premise of quality and competitiveness, essential to survive in the continuously increasing more challenging calls for funding. We are acknowledged along the years to the several administrations at the European, national, regional and local levels, as well as to the private sector for their support to CIQSO. In exchange to that, CIQSO has become a known Center in the different areas of work, and their scientific contributions are commonly published and cited in the top journals, whereas the researchers provide lectures all over the world in scientific meetings.