The Pisa unit of the Istituto per i Processi Chimico-Fisici (Institute for the Chemical and Physical Processes), which belongs to the Dipartimento di Materiali e Dispositivi (Department for Materials and Devices) of the Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (National Research Council), is located in Via G. Moruzzi 1, inside the CNR Research Area of Pisa (the largest research area in Italy), just outside the medieval city center.

The institute is formed by about 40 researchers, including CNR employees and associates, plus 9 units, including technicians and administrative staff. The institute research covers a wide variety of skills: chemical synthesis, characterization and development of materials, spectroscopic techniques, thermodynamics, calorimetry, molecular modeling techniques, design and computational nanotechnology, dynamics of coherent structures in fluids and magneto-fluids.

These research and trainig activities have a strong influence in areas of high social and economic impact, such as health, environment, energy, industrial and cultural heritage.