The Centro de Química-Vila Real (CQVR) is a research unit of the Universidade de Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro (UTAD). The great majority of members belong to the academic staff of the Chemistry Department of UTAD, although it also includes some researchers from other Departments such as Geology and Soils that share similar scientific interests. Its mission is to perform scientifically recognized research in areas involving Chemistry, to explore potential applications and to contribute to the training of young researchers.​


Since its foundation (2001) the CQVR has seen an increase in its members and, particularly, a noticeable enhancement of their academic qualifications. Actually we have 28 members with PhD  During the 2003-2011 period more then 45 young researchers worked in the unit for variable lengths of time. They were supported by FCT or CQVR scholarships.

The research activities of the unit have been supported mainly through national and international projects from R&D funding agencies awarded to its members and in the last 5 years (2006-2011) complemented by the FCT budget. The quality of the research conducted at CQVR is reflected in more than 176 papers (2006-2011) published in international peer-review journals (frequently with an impact factor >2), with over 750 citations and 11 patents.

The CQVR unit is organized in 3 research groups that develop fundamental and applied chemistry research in the areas of Organic Chemistry, Natural Products and Food Chemistry (11 PhDs), Materials Chemistry (8 PhDs), and Environmental Chemistry (9 PhDs). 


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Centro de Química – Vila Real
Universidade de Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro
Apartado 1013 – 5001-801 Vila Real
+ 351 259 350 273