Since 1960, as one of São Paulo State Research Institutes, and making part of the UNESP since 1976, the Institute of Chemistry is a public institution wich offers free Chemistry undergraduate and graduate courses. Research covers all main topics in Chemistry,  Biochemistry and Materials Science with innovative projects being developed in basic and applied interdisciplinary areas. Approximately 300 graduate and 500 undergratuates  students, post-docs and 70 professors participate in the Chemistry Program that combines theory and exciting practice in modern and well-equipped laboratories.
The São Paulo State University (UNESP) was created in 1976 consolidating a project joining scientific, technological, economic, cultural and social development committed to democratic principles and clearly conscious of its status of a governmental institution, inserted and highly active in Brazilian society. Unesp´s actions are focused in nearly every field of experimental and theoretical sciences such as: engineering, health, communication, humanities, social sciences and arts, among others.
Unesp is one of the largest and most important Brazilian universities, with distinguished achievements in teaching, research and extension services. UNESP is supported by State funds and along with USP (Universidade de São Paulo) and Unicamp (Universidade Estadual de Campinas) offers free public higher education in Sao Paulo State.
Unesp is the most successful model of a multicampus university in Brazil. Such unique characteristic allows intense and diversified activities in Sao Paulo, the most developed State in the country. Its influence can be recognized by the level of regional development where its campuses are located: one in the State capital and 22 others strategically distributed throughout the State.

For the development of its main activities Unesp receives financial aid from the main research supporting agencies in the country, such as: FAPESP, CNPq, CAPES and FINEP. These resources are guaranteed by agreements that allow faculty members and students to participate in exchange programs, development of academic projects and services. These agreements are signed with national and foreign universities, institutes, associations, foundations, city halls, Government bureaus, ministries, federal and state agencies and private companies, adding up to 300 partnerships that increase annually.

The Institute of Chemistry is located in the Araraquara Campus in the heart of São Paulo State, 270Km from São Paulo city. 

With an estimated population of 200,000 inhabitants, it has a diversified industrial complex and stands out for its role in the Brazilian sugar cane and citrus fruit production. The name Araraquara comes from a native culture (tupy-guarani) and according anthropologists may have two meanings: "home of sun" or "macaw's refuge". 

The city has three museums, The Museum of History, The Museum of Archaeology and Paleontology and The Railway Museum. 

The archaeology museum has permanent exhibition, which includes fossils of animals, plants and remnants of native cultures that lived in the region during its prehistorical period. An unique feature of the city is that it is possible to find dinosaur footprints on the sidewalks of its streets and avenues. The stones used for the construction of sidewalks came from a local quarry, which after 1960 was found to be an archaeological site for fossil material. 

In a street leading to the archaeological museum (Rua Voluntários da Pátria), the fossil footprints are indicated by signs that contains detailed information of the species of animals which they correspond.