The Institute for the Chemistry of OrganoMetallic Compounds (ICCOM) was established in 2001 after the merging of former ISSECC (Institute for the Study of Stereochemistry and Energetics of Coordination Compounds), founded by Luigi Sacconi in Florence in the '70s, with three CNR Research Centres located in Florence, Pisa e Bari. The aim of the merging was to create an important CNR stronghold in the field of organometallic chemistry and its use in homogeneous and heterogeneous catalysis. Since 2006 ICCOM CNR manages and coordinates the activities of CeME (Centre for Electron Microscopies), a structure operating in the Florence CNR Research Area in the field of electron microscopies with instrumentations made available to CNR and University Reserchers and to the industrial and manufacturing sector, also outside Tuscany. A Third Parties Research Units (URT) associated to ICCOM was established in 2008 at the Department of Chemical and Pharmaceutical Sciences of Trieste University. It brings expertise in the application of nanotechnologies to heterogeneous catalysis for the development of new material for use in energy production also from renewable feedstocks. In the period 2014-2019 a second URT was established with the School of Pharmaceutical and Health Sciences of the Camerino University, for the expertise in the field of chemistry of porous material and organometallic and coordination polymers.
Currently (February 2020) the Institute has 86 permanent staff units among which 61 researchers, 2 technologists, 5 administration staff units and 16 technicians. To the scientific activities participate also external personnel associated to the different research activities, mainly coming from Universities, and more than 20 contract researchers and trainees (PhD students, postdocs, visiting scientists) contributing with new ideas, enthusiasm and vitality to the institute activities and life.
ISSECC: Prof. Luigi Sacconi (1979-1981); Prof. Oriano Salvetti; Prof. Alberto Vacca (1982-1991); Dr. Claudio Bianchini (1991-2001).
ICCOM: Dr. Claudio Bianchini (2001-2011); Dr. Maurizio Peruzzini (2011-2017); Dr. Francesco Vizza (2017-today).