The PIPAC History

The PIPAC History

The Philippine Institute of Pure and Applied Chemistry is situated in its own modern facility in the tree-lined campus of the Ateneo de Manila University. PIPAC, as it is more commonly known, is a name that has become synonymous with competence and reliability in the field of industrial chemistry.

Starting in 1965, the Department of Chemistry of the Ateneo de Manila University began to receive requests from government agencies and industrial firms for assistance in solving a variety of chemical problems. These ranged from product quality control, raw material research and by-product utilization, pollution monitoring and control, to training of industry personnel.

Due to the rising demand for chemical services, the idea of setting up a separate entity to provide essential chemical services to developing chemical and agricultural industries in the Philippines gradually became clear. Envisioned was an institute, similar to what exist in Germany, independent of, yet closely associated with Ateneo University to enable it to cooperate with the university's chemistry department.