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The Institute of Chemistry at the University of Campinas (UNICAMP) was founded in 1967, commencing undergraduate classes in 1968. The first research laboratory was assembled in 1969, and installation of the Institute in one of the currently occupied buildings, took place in 1971. Nowadays, it covers an area of approximately 32,000 m², covering around 2100 m² of teaching laboratories, 7,100 m² of research laboratories, 2,000 m² of instrument rooms, 1,500 m² of workshops and warehouse and 1,320 m² for Library, in addition to classrooms, teacher’ rooms, administrative area and other facilities.

So far, over 2,640 bachelors have majored at the Institute of Chemistry and over 2,300 master’s and doctorate’s thesis was defended.

Among the large-size instruments held by the Institute, we can cite:

- QuantaChrome Autosorb-1 Area Analyzer
- Pore Volume Analyzer ASAP 2010- Micromeritcs
- Elementary Analyzer ( CHNS) - Perkin Elmer 2400
- Elementary Analyzer (CHN) - Perkin Elmer 2400
- Thermal Analysis - DMA 983 TA Instruments
- Thermal Analysis - DSC 2910 TA Instruments
- Thermal Analysis - DSC910 TA Instruments
- Thermal Analysis - DTA1600 TA Instruments
- Thermal Analysis - TGA 2050 TA Instruments
- Thermal Analysis - TGA 2950 TA Instruments
- Thermal Analysis - TGA 951 TA Instruments
- Thermal Analysis - TMA 2940 TA Instruments
- Shimadzu Prominence Liquid Chromatographer
- High Gel Permeation Chromatograph -Waters
- Low el Permeation Chromatograph -Waters
- High Efficiency Chromatographs - Waters 600 and 4000
- X Ray Diffractometer - Shimadzu XDR7000
- X Ray Diffractometer - Shimadzu XRD6000
- Fusion Point Equipment - Marconi MA381
- Spectrofluorimeter Varian Cary Eclipse
- Spectrofluorimeter Perkin Elmer LS 55
- Absorption Spectrophotometer I.V. Nicolet 520
- Absorption Spectrophotometer and Atomic Emission Perkin Elmer 5100PC
- Absorption Spectrophotometers I.V. FTIR Perkin Elmer Spectrum ONE
- Absorption Spectrophotometers I.V. FTIR DA8 Bomem
- Absorption Spectrophotometers I.V. FTIR MB100 Bomem
- Absorption Spectrophotometers I.V. FTIR MB102 Bomem
- Absorption Spectrophotometer U.V. -Vis- HP8452-A
- Absorption Spectrophotometer U.V. -Vis HP8453
- Absorption Spectrophotometer U.V. -Vis Varian Cary 5
- Plasma Emission Spectrophotometer – ICP - model 3000DV - Perkin Elmer
- Mass Spectrometer CG-MS Shimadzu QP5000
- Mass Spectrometer CG-MS Varian Saturn 2100D
- X Ray Fluorescence Spectrometer - Shimadzu EDX700
- X Ray Microfluorescence Spectrometer - Shimadzu UEDX1300
- Magnetic Nuclear Resonance Spectrometer  Bruker 250 Avance
- Magnetic Nuclear Resonance Spectrometer  Bruker 300 Avance
- Magnetic Nuclear Resonance Spectrometer  Bruker 400 AvanceII
- Magnetic Nuclear Resonance Spectrometer  Varian INOVA 500
- Spectropolarimeter J720- Jasco ORD 306
- Micronal Magnifying Glass
- Microscale - Perkin-Elmer model AD-6
- Optic Microscope E 800 Nikon -Monitor / Sony printer
- Metallographic Optic Microscope of reversed base - C.Z. Jena - Metaval
- Fluorescence Microscope Carl Zeiss - Jenalumar
- Atomic Force Microscope - Shimadzu - SPM 9500J3
- Atomic Force Microscope - Topometrix Discoverer - TMX 2010
- Transmission Electronic Microscope - Zeiss CEM902
- Screening Electronic Microscope - MEV Jeol JMS 6360-Lv with X Ray microprobe
- Field Emission Screening Electronic Microscope - Jeol 6340F
- Screening Electronic Microscope - JEOL T-300 with EDS
- Microscope Olympus CBK
- Multivolumes Pycnometer 1305 Micromeritcs
- Polarimeter - 341 - Perkin Elmer
- Mercury Porosimeter QuantaChrome PoreMaster

The Library has around 14,000 volumes of books, 2,700 serial publications, 274 current paper subscriptions of international scientific journals, 1,388 thesis and 15 materials in electronic format.

The Operating Technical Support Division has 6 workshops, namely: Electronics, Maintenance, Mechanics, Fine Mechanics, Glazing and Carpentry. The workshops operate in electric, hydraulic, cooling, electronic and pneumatic maintenance, in addition to production and maintenance of furniture, iron and glazing parts.

The Institute houses the All Química Consultoria Júnior, a non-profitable entity, managed by undergraduate students aiming at providing consultancy in several fields of chemistry to micro, small and medium companies, as well as providing undergraduate students with access to the real professional life. It presents several projects both in research and technological development. All Química Consultoria Júnior can be contacted at http://www.allquimicajr.com.br/.

The Institute of Chemistry also houses the Analytical Central, a center equipped to provide a wide range of services, such as: classic qualitative and quantitative analyses, application of analytical methodology, development of new procedures and analytical methods, product development, process improvement, solid, liquid and gas waste analysis, wide bibliographic research, chemical metrology and quality programs. It keeps different institutional agreements among which we can cite the agreement executed with the National Oil Agency - ANP, for automotive fuel quality control.

The Institute has 84 full time professors with exclusive dedication (from which 8 are volunteer collaborators) holding at least the Doctor in Sciences’ degree. 

Since its opening, it has published around 3,500 articles in national and mainly international scientific journals and around 8,000 works have been presented in scientific meetings in Brazil and abroad. The research lines area: Aluminosillicate: Sol-Gel Synthesis; Application of Theoretical Calculations of Organic Molecules; Bio-organic; Calorimetry and Microcalorimetry; Catalysis; Biocompatible Ceramic of Calcium Phosphate; Sciences of Materials: Polymers; Combustion: Radicals and Mechanisms; Development of New Synthetic Methodologies; Energetic Connections; Chemical Teaching; Chemical Balances in Solution; Mass Spectrometry; Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy; Vibration Spectroscopy; Physical Chemistry Organic; Photochemistry and Classic Photophysics and with Lasers; Organic Geochemistry; Instrumentation and Automation in Analytical Chemistry; Separation Analytic Methods; Kinetic Methods in Analytical Chemistry; Touch Analysis Methods; Chemical Separation Methods per Membranes; Electroanalytic Methods; Spectroanalytic Methods; Semi-Amorphous Conductor Shaping; Sample Preparation; Natural Products; Environmental Chemistry; Biologic Chemistry; Colloidal Chemistry; Coordination Chemistry; Material Chemistry; Theoretical Chemistry; Chemotherapy; Chemometrics; Electric and Magnetic Rheology; Total and Partial Synthesis of Organic Molecules; Thermodynamics; Thermochemistry.

The Institute of Chemistry offers two Chemistry Courses: a) the day-time Chemistry Course that prepares Bachelors, Bachelors in Technological Chemistry and Teaching. The Bachelor in Chemistry course is attended by students willing to prepare for careers in higher degree, in research and development (in universities, research institutes and corporations) and in chemical analysis and environmental control activities. The Bachelor of Technological Chemistry course provides professional qualification for several R&D activities, technical support and industrial production. The Teaching student can teach at medium and higher institutions. b) The Chemistry Course – Technological Modality, offered in the night period, is attended by students particularly willing to carry out an industrial activity.