The primary mission entrusted to the Institute for Chemical Research in his creation´s agreement is the generation of knowledge in the field of chemistry through basic research of excellence and interactioning with other areas of knowledge and establishing relationships with the productive environment
that facilitate the transfer of results.

On the other hand, the IIQ seeks to contribute to the consolidation of Andalusia as a reference for chemical research at national and international level, participating actively in the training of young researchers and promoting the interests of the society in general and the students in particular in the research. This mission statement, endorsed by the respective evaluation processes of Strategic Plans for centers and institutes of the CSIC for the periods 2005-2009 and 2010-2013, is intentionally wide and challenge at the same time, avoiding thematic limitations that obstruct the creativity or the ability to respond to problems that can be identified as important in a concrete time.

Research in the IIQ had been focused on two areas related to improving the quality of life and sustainable development:

• Chemistry for health and welfare, and
• Chemistry for improving our environment.

In the field of chemistry to health and welfare (research line of Organic and Biological Chemistry), it had been established close collaborations between IIQ researchers with physicists, pharmacologists, biologists, biochemists, biophysicists and doctors in three areas of action, mainly: chemistry and life, chemistry and nanotechnology, and chemistry and nutrition. This collaborative work allows designing new molecules for controlling biological and pathological processes, developing useful biomaterials to biomedicine and moving toward a healthier diet.

The research line on Chemistry for improving our environment (research line of Organometallic Chemistry, homogeneous catalysis and other applications) considers to contribute from chemistry to provide solutions to technological problems and environmental challenges of our society. Organic chemistry is inspired by the types of atoms and bonds of living organisms; organometallic chemistry, however, explore limits that go far beyond. The combination of carbon chemistry with metals chemistry provides hybrid species with properties that were difficult to imagine a few years ago. As laboratory curiosities, organometallic compounds have become indispensable for technological development, providing multiple examples of how basic research converts into progress and this progress can be made sustainable. Transformations that normally are highly polluting or energetic requirements can be transformed into fast, efficient and environmentally friendly processes in the presence of an organometallic catalyst.