The Institute for Chemical Research (IIQ) was founded in 1996 after the signing of an agreement between the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC), the University of Seville and Andalusia Regional Government. The main reasons for creating the IIQ were promoting innovation in the field of chemistry in Andalusia, maximizing existing resources and tackling successfully the new challenges in sustainability and economic development.

Also, the IIQ profited from the establishment of the Science and Technology Park of La Cartuja in his search for accommodation. In 1997 took place the official opening of the “Isla de La Cartuja” Scientific Research Center (cicCartuja), which joined the IIQ, together with two other institutes: the Institute for Plant Biochemistry and Photosynthesis (IBVF) and the Institute for Materials Research of Seville.

At first, as reflected in the creation agreement, endorsed by the respective evaluation processes of Strategic Plans for centers and institutes of the CSIC for the periods 2005-2009 and 2010-2013, the IIQ has the mission of generating knowledge in the area of chemistry through excellence in basic research and interaction with other areas of knowledge and establishing relationships with the productive environment to facilitate transfer results.