The Theoretical and Physical Chemistry Institute (TPCI) was founded in 1979 and is one of the three research institutes of the National Hellenic Research Foundation. Its main objectives are:
- the development and advancement of scientific knowledge and technological innovation of advanced materials with functionality in selected fields at the forefront of synthetic and physical chemistry, theoretical and computational chemistry and materials science, and photonics,
- the education and training of early-stage researchers (undergraduate and postgraduate students, PhD candidates) and experienced researchers (postdoctoral scientists),
- the promotion of developing know-how in selected areas of technological applications and the provision of research services through specialized laboratories and infrastructure to the private sector.
With a solid long-term scientific strategy and with significant expertise developed over the years, TPCI remains alert in redirecting its research towards emerging frontier topics, in strengthening its competitiveness via external funding and in seeking the industrial exploitation of its know-how.
The research groups of the Institute contribute substantially to the advancement of scientific knowledge and technological innovation. The collaboration of the Institute's research activities achieves proof-of-concept for selected and targeted applications, the development of prototype devices, and the scaling up and application of technologies developed to bridge the gap between laboratory research, the private sector and the society.