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Institute for Integrated Catalysis

The Institute for Integrated Catalysis at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory facilitates collaborative research and development in catalysts for a secure energy future.

The Institute for Integrated Catalysis focuses on the development of novel catalytic chemistries that chart the course towards a zero-carbon-footprint future.
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 areas of interest
  • Storing electric energy in hydrogen (a focus of the Center for Molecular Electrocatalysis, an Energy Frontier Research Center)
  • Adding hydrogen to oxo-functionalized carbon resources (that is, biomass constituents or CO2)
  • Manipulating carbon-carbon and carbon-heteroatom bonds
  • Exhaust catalysis

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