Institute of Macromolecular Chemistry, Czech Academy of Sciences (IMC) focuses on research on synthetic polymers. The IMC benefits from both the diversity and depth of specialization in polymer research that is carried out under one roof. The scientific projects range from preparing specific biomacromolecular systems for medical purposes to finding safe procedures for the recycling and elimination of plastic waste. Basic research predominates at the Institute; however, the scientists closely cooperate with industry to apply the research.