Section of Organic Chemistry

Department of Inorganic and Organic Chemistry

Organic Chemistry occupies a key position among the experimental sciences and has compelling interconnections with Inorganic Chemistry, Medicinal Chemistry, Biochemistry and Materials Science among other areas.

In the Organic Chemistry Section (SQO) of The Department of Inorganic and Organic Chemistry (DQIO) of the University of Barcelona (formerly The Department of Organic Chemistry) our activities are threefold: teaching directed towards the formation of future professionals in the Bachelor's, Master's and Doctoral degrees, cutting edge research in basic and applied Organic Chemistry and knowledge transfer and support of our local industries.

The lines of research currently underway in our research groups whose members are the thirty or so academic staff and researchers of the Section are very varied, extending from the analysis of reaction mechanisms, through organic synthetic methodology and the synthesis of bioactive compounds, the chemistry of nucleosides and peptides, to the study of new materials with innovative physiochemical properties.

Our Section is always interested in hearing from enthusiastic students and researchers in these fields and also from other professionals in academia and industry who wish to develop collaborative projects to address new challenges.


The Organic Chemistry Section

The Organic Chemistry Section (SQO) of the Department of Inorganic and Organic Chemistry (DQIO) occupies the 5th and 6th floors of the Faculty of Chemistry, one of the characteristic buildings on Barcelona's Avinguda Diagonal, incorporated into the internacional excellence campus "Barcelona Knowledge Campus" (BKC) situated in the area of Pedralbes. It forms part of the Universitat de Barcelona, whose administrative centre is the historic building located at the Plaça Universitat in the city centre.

The SQO has some thirty tenured academic profesors as well as other teachers and researchers (ICREA, Ramón i Cajal, lectors, assistant professors, postdocs...), about forty Doctoral students and about 25 Masters students in addition to administrative and support staff. R&D in the SQO is based around the 15 research groups that are active in the currently most important areas of Organic Chemistry.


One of the most important tasks of our Department is the high quality training of future Chemistry professionals. The SQO is responsible for giving theory and practical laboratory classes for the Bachelor's Degree in Chemistry that are within the area of Organic Chemistry. The SQO also gives certain undergraduate courses in Chemical Engineering, d'Materials Engineering, d'Biochemistry and Biotechnology. Furthermore the SQO also offers higher level specialized courses in different areas or Organic Chemistry, such as the Master in Organic Chemistry and the Doctoral Program in Organic Chemistry, which has received the "Mención de Calididad" from the Spanish Ministry of Educaction (MEC).


The Organic Chemistry Section has a long and solid tradition in research, innovation, and knowledge transfer to industry and society. All its academic professors are active researchers in different areas of Organic Chemistry and this direct experience is reflected in our teaching in the classroom. We offer those students interested in R&D the possibility of collaborating with our research groups as internal Master's Degree or Doctoral students. If you are interested in the research carried out in the SQO or in the Master's Degree projects that we offer, you can find further information in the web pages of our research groups and in the personal pages of the professors of the Section.

Knowledge transfer

Apart from the research projects publicly-funded by the autonomous region of Catalonia, by the Spanish state and by the EU, the SQO also participates in R&D projects in collaboration with industry through the Fundació Bosch i Gimpera. Don't hesitate in contacting us if you have a project with which we can help.

Prospective students

If you are a student who is considering the possibility of joining the Facultat de Química or if you are already one of our students and you would like more information on the optional courses that you might chose, etc., you can consult the relevant pages of the Degree in Chemistry of our website. If you are interested in Master's or Doctoral degrees you can refer to the relevant Master's degree or Doctoral degree pages.

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