Institute of Materials and Environmental Chemistry

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The Research Centre for Natural Sciences of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences (RCNS) was established by the Hungarian Academy of Sciences with a view to offering better conditions for chemical research with successful scientific results and of higher efficiency in economic terms. The Institute of Materials and Environmental Chemistry (IMEC) is a non-profit oriented research institute belonging to RCNS. Within the Centre, IMEC is an independent institute in terms of its scientific affairs and financial activities.

The mission of IMEC is to perform research on the chemical problems of materials science and environmental science. Research in materials science is aiming at revealing the chemical relationships among the composition, microstructure, properties and processing of selected structural and functional materials, as models. Research in environmental chemistry is dedicated to disclose basic chemical and physicochemical phenomena in order to decrease the environmental impacts of products and technologies on the one hand, and to develop new processes and technologies with a minimum or negligible environmental impact on the other.

Researchers of IMEC study functional and structural materials, micro- and nanosized surface layers and solid/liquid interfaces in order to reveal correlations among their chemical composition, structure, properties and methods of preparation. The institute is involved in research aimed at developing new procedures and methods decreasing environmental impact of technologies. Understanding and interpretation of pollution-induced chemical processes in the atmosphere also belong to the main research topics. They explore processes important in the development and operation of energy carriers for energy storage and transformation, as well as those involved in the exploitation of renewable energy sources.

Two papers of Károly Héberger are among the top cited ones:



Source: J CHROMATOGR A 1158 (1-2): 196-214 JUL 27 2007

Times Cited: 341



Source: J CHROMATOGR A 1158 (1-2): 273-305 JUL 27 2007

Times Cited: 198

Károly  Héberger, Béla Pukánszky, Tibor Nagy, and Zoltán Varga received grant from the Hungarian Scientific Research Fund in 2016.

Loránd ROMÁNSZKI was the winner of the

best oral presentation given for young researchers

by the journal of “Biointerphases – A Journal of

Biomaterials and Biological Interfaces” at the

18th “International Congress on Marine Corrosion

and Fouling” conference.

Tibor Nagy and Zoltán Varga are among the ten winners in chemistry of the Bolyai Research Grant of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences in 2016. A Bolyai plaquette was given to Károly Renner for his excellent achevement during his Bolyai Grant period. Congratulations to Tibi, to Zoli, and to Karcsi!

Mihály Beck, former emeritus professor of our institute

received the Academy’s Gold Medal

at the 187th General Assembly of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences.

Imre Bertóti 80

Birthday celebration at the meeting of the Surface Chemistry and Nanostructures Working Group on 27th of April, 2016.

Congratulations to Tamás Beke-Somfai

for winning the “Lendület” excellence program

of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences in 2016!

Essential data from the 2015 annual report of the institute

Number of employees: 127, number of researchers: 104

Number of publications: 170; with impact factor: 120

Total impact factor: 378.7

Number of independent citations received: 4786

Government support: 560 million HUF

Grants and contracts: 749 million HUF

                National Research Fund grants: 66 million HUF

                Hungarian Innovation Fund grants: 212 million HUF

                EU grants: 133 million HUF

                Industrial contracts: 338 million HUF