The Carbon Science and Technology Institute (INCAR) is a centre of the Spanish Council for Scientific Research (CSIC), a public Research Body attached to the Ministry of Science and Innovation. INCAR belongs to the global area of Matter and is integrated into the subarea of Chemical Science and Technology.
Founded in 1947 and located in its current facilities since 1960, INCAR has been directing its scientific activity to the most avant-garde challenges in the field of coal science and technology and its derivatives, currently its main lines of research are focused on the development of high-performance carbon materials for energy and the decarbonisation of industrial sectors.
INCAR is made up of fourteen research groups that are divided into three Departments: Energy Transition Technologies, Chemistry of Materials and Sustainable Chemical Processes.
INCAR was initially dedicated to scientific and technological research for the use and application of coal, with special attention to the process of preparation and use of Asturian mineral coals.
In June 1952, the definitive facilities began to be built, which were inaugurated in 1960, and which allowed to notably expand the possibilities of experimental work both on a laboratory, pilot and semi-industrial scale and, thus, provide support with their research to the use of Asturian coal in the steel industry.
Throughout its existence, INCAR has oriented its scientific activity to the study of domestic and imported coals, to conversion processes -combustion for the production of electrical energy and coking to obtain metallurgical coke- in order to contribute to a cleaner and more efficient use of coal and its derivatives. INCAR also develops an important activity in the field of new materials, whose structural, textural, electrical, electrochemical and catalytic properties are investigated in the most modern applications, from composite materials to supercapacitors. The research carried out is framed in research projects financed at regional, national and European level as well as research and support contracts with national and foreign companies.
The evolution of INCAR has led to the diversification of research, maintaining the classic work topics, such as those related to the conversion of coal and related processes and carbochemistry, even when they are studied from broader and more complex perspectives, including for example the addition of biomass or residues for different purposes or the use of new precursors and processes to develop more sophisticated materials.
INCAR is organised into three Research departments (Energy and Environment; Chemical Processes in Energy and Environment; Materials Chemistry) and several Research Support Services (Management, Maintenance, Analysis, Scientific Infrastructure, Library, Informatics and Scientific Dissemination).