Institute of Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences (ICCAS) was founded in 1956. ICCAS is a multi-disciplinary research institute dedicated to the basic research in broad fields of chemical sciences, and to the key developments of the innovative high technologies aiming to the imperative national needs and important strategic targets, as well as to the collaborative high-technology applications and transfers. ICCAS is one of China’s leading chemistry research institutions with high international reputation.
The major research areas of ICCAS include polymer science, physical chemistry, organic chemistry, analytical chemistry, and inorganic chemistry. The institute focuses on the following fields: the frontiers of molecular and nano sciences, organic and polymeric materials, chemical biology, as well as energy and green chemistry.
Since its establishment, ICCAS has received more than 300 National and regional awards for important science and technology developments. For more than a decade, ICCAS has been among the top institutions in China in terms of SCI publications and SCI citations. The continuous increase of the number of high impact journal papers demonstrates the strength and capability of the ICCAS for innovative basic research. ICCAS also leads on the number of filed and issued patents among the institutes of the CAS. A number of patents have been used in the developments of national economy and defense.
Regarding organization, ICCAS is composed of three state key laboratories, eight CAS key laboratories, one advanced polymeric material center, and one center for physicochemical analysis and measurement.
Over the years, ICCAS has put great effort on the international cooperation and exchange. ICCAS also takes an active part in international exchange as a representative Chinese research institute. It continues to recruit and train internationalized young talents. Different international and regional collaborative programs have also been implemented. These programs will become excellent platforms to show true essence of ICCAS as an eminent research institute to the world.
ICCAS has collaborated closely with many world-renowned academic societies such as the American Chemical Society (ACS) and the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC). More than 20 research institutes and universities such as Max Planck Institute (Germany), RIKEN (Japan), Institute for Molecular Science (Japan), the University of Tokyo, and CSIRO (Australia), and so on have cooperated with ICCAS. In addition, ICCAS signed 33 cooperative agreements with internationally famous enterprises.