Characterized by an adequate balance between research and teaching tasks, both in undergraduate and postgraduate courses, the Instituto de Química Y Bioquímica is made up of 12 full-time academics and administrative staff made up of a secretary, an assistant and a laboratory technician. Altogether, including undergraduate and postgraduate thesis students, the Institute is made up of approximately thirty people.

Funding for research comes mainly from external projects such as Fondecyt, Corfo-Innova and projects financed by the university itself.

Nine lines of research define the work of the Institute: Bioelectrochemistry, Electrochemistry, Science Teaching in Higher Education, Environmental Analytical Chemistry, Organic and Medicinal Chemistry, Organometallic Chemistry and Catalysis, Organic Chemistry and Nanomaterials,  Nanotechnology and Virology.

The Institute has a very active participation in the academic and administrative management of the Doctoral Program in Chemistry, an integrated effort of the Universities of Valparaíso and Federico Santa María. Likewise, some Institute academics actively participate in the Interdisciplinary Doctoral Program in environmental sciences.

From the undergraduate point of view, our Institute stands out for the large number of subjects it teaches as a service to Bachelor of Science (40% of the subjects) and Environmental Engineering, and to various careers from other faculties such as Dentistry, Pharmacy, Kinesiology, Medical Technology and Marine Biology.