The activities of ICB are part of those of the Department of Chemical Sciences and Technology of Materials of the CNR (http://www.dsctm.cnr.it/en/), and aim at becoming the cross-road and reference point for chemical research on biological systems and processes also for other CNR Institutes and Departments.

The passage from traditional technologies to new technologies with high efficiency (enabling technologies) requires target planning and more target-oriented components, generally molecular based, so to characterize the necessary functionalities to develop new products or new services (multifunctional materials). In such a context the Department of Chemical Sciences and Technology of Materials envisages "chemical manufacturing" as the fundamental tool to design and develop molecules, macromolecules or organized systems with specific functionalities correlated to the molecular properties of organic, inorganic and hybrid compounds and to the cooperative properties of layers, simple or composite films and macromolecules.