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Mexican Institute of Petroleum

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Director-General  Efrén Parado Arias
Founded  23 August 1965
Parent organization  Secretariat of Energy
Headquarters  Mexico City, Mexico
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Formation  23 August 1965; 51 years ago (1965-08-23)
Type  Public research organization
Purpose  To conduct applied research and provide specialized training.
Affiliations  World Energy Council, NARSTO, AMEDES, ANUIES, CUDI, ICEM

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The Mexican Institute of Petroleum (in Spanish: Instituto Mexicano del Petróleo, IMP) is a public research organization dedicated to develop technical solutions, conduct basic and applied research and provide specialized training to Pemex, the state-owned government-granted monopoly in Mexico's petroleum industry.


The Institute was founded on 23 August 1965 by federal decree and is based in Mexico City. Despite facing significant budget constraints in recent years and being accused of depending excessively on foreign technology by noted physicist Leopoldo García-Colín, it was the leading patent applicant among Mexican institutions in 2005 and houses one of the most advanced microscopes on the planet.

Noted researchers

  • Leopoldo García-Colín: physicist laureated with the 1988 National Prize for Arts and Sciences.
  • Luis E. Miramontes: co-inventor of the first oral contraceptive. Laureated with the National Prize on Chemistry "Andrés Manuel del Rio" in 1986.
  • Octavio Novaro: recipient of the 1993 UNESCO Science Prize for his contributions to understanding catalysis phenomena.
  • Alexander Balankin: physicist laureated with the 2002 National Prize for Arts and Sciences and recipient of the 2005 UNESCO Science Prize for his remarkable ability to relate his research in fractal mechanics to technological applications that has provided great benefits to Mexico and worldwide.
  • References

    Mexican Institute of Petroleum Wikipedia

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