Catalysis and Green Chemistry
Objective: ISEN will discover and characterize new catalysts that optimize the sustainability of industrial and consumer goods.
Catalytic agents enable a broad range of chemical reactions that are fundamental to industrial and consumer products – from plastics to pharmaceuticals, solvents to soap, and fuels to food.
By lowering the energetic hurdle for these reactions, catalysts also provide substantial energy and carbon savings during chemical production. Guided by computational and rational design, researchers are exploring how to execute and control chemical reactions that would have been impossible – even unimagined – just decades ago. Bridging theory with advanced materials development and synthesis, advances in catalysis represent giant steps in the effort to minimize the environmental impacts of our economy.
Leading these efforts is the Center for Catalysis and Surface Science (CCSS), a 30-year research center that bridges academia and industry, and is one of the premier institutes for catalysis in the world.
DISCOVER new catalysts that optimize the production of sustainable fuels and chemicals.
DEVELOP advanced synthesis processes that enable characterization of unstable catalytic intermediates.
TRANSLATE fundamental discovery science into applied innovation, in partnership with industry, including chemical and fuel producers.
- The global market for catalysts within the chemical and petrochemical industries alone is an estimated $16.3 billion.
- Catalysis and sustainable materials design are critical to the production of high-demand products, such as environmentally friendly plastics and fertilizers.