The Institute for Integrated Catalysis at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory facilitates collaborative research and development in catalysts for a secure energy future.
Scientists from diverse disciplines have been working on these carbon challenges. Each discipline has a different approach to finding answers. Dr. Vanda Glezakou and Dr. Roger Rousseau from Pacific Northwest National Laboratory decided it was important to get everyone in the same room and talking about their approaches and findings.
Associate Director of Institute for Integrated Catalysis and Washington State University professor Dr. Yong Wang has won the American Chemical Society's annual Industrial and Engineering Chemistry Division fellow award.
The Pacific Northwest National Laboratory is seeking an accomplished scientist to lead a laboratory focus in Chemical Conversions.
Scientists at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory definitively resolved a long-standing controversy and showed that molecular water is more stable on titania surface than the hydroxyl fragments.
Transformations: New Initiative in Chemical Transformations, Energy Everywhere, Contradictory Catalyst
Learn about the latest innovations in catalysis. Check out the January 2017 issue of the Institute for Integrated Catalysis' Transformations.
Catalyst technologies affect nearly all areas of the chemical and petroleum industries with the economic impact estimated to be over $10 trillion per year worldwide. Because of the unprecedented increase in the levels of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, the focus on catalytic processes is shifting towards developing chemical pathways to facilitate the transition from the current fossil carbon-based economy to a zero-carbon footprint energy future. Thus, catalysis faces the challenge to reinvent the large processes matured over decades to enable a viable synthesis of energy carriers at scales 100 to 1000 times smaller than today's chemical plants and refineries. This can only be done by developing new catalysts that can operate under less severe conditions, with higher rates and selectivities than previously possible. These objectives define the mission of the Institute for Integrated Catalysis (IIC), located at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. The IIC integrates over 120 scientists and engineers covering a wide range of catalysis disciplines. Their collaboration and mutual influence produces a unique creative environment, which is the prerequisite for transformative research.
"The key scientific challenges addressed within the IIC focus on adding hydrogen to oxo-functionalized carbon resources (such as biomass constituents or CO2), storing electric energy in hydrogen (a focus of the Center for Molecular Electrocatalysis, an Energy Frontier Research Center), manipulating carbon-carbon and carbon-heteroatom bonds, and exhaust catalysis."