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In its 88-year story, the mission of our institute has been to carry out excellence research in fundamental and applied physical chemistry, contributing to the scientific training of several generations of researchers at the highest level. Our vision is to be an international reference in multidisciplinary research focused on the resolution of the present challenges of our society in the fields of health, biotechnology, new materials, and environment.



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NMR Spectroscopy reveals that the Nsp8 N-terminal domain, a key component of the viral RNA-dependent RNA polymerase, is capable of folding and binding RNA without other replicase components..

Time-resolved experiment at an XFEL to allow us to visualize, in real time, how the shape of the catalytic site of β-lactamase determines the inhibition mechanism of this enzyme by an inhibitor.

We have grown highly crystalline magnetite nanostructures on lithographied ruthenium stripes on sapphire substrates. This allows e.g., the manipulation of their magnetic domains by applying current pulses and magnetic fields.

This work proposes a new photocatalytic mechanism for chlorine atom production that occurs when Sahara dust mixes with sea spray aerosol.

We demonstrate the power of the SFX technique to describe the structure-function relationship in NQO1 for which there was no structural evidence describing the high conformational heterogeneity at the catalytic site

Spintronic devices rely on the precise manipulation of local magnetization. We observe by electron microscopy the response of magnetic domains, walls and vortices of thin magnetite microstructures to external magnetic fields.

Bacterial cell-wall hydrolases must be tightly regulated during cell division. Insight into the molecular mechanism of this process is key to provide the structural basis for the rational design of novel antibiotics

Antiferromagnetic materials can beat conventional ferromagnets in spintronics due to insensitivity to perturbations, up to THz operation, etc. We have grown micron-sized crystalline NiCoO films and determined their spin axes.