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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.

  • Department of Energy integrated catalysis

    DOE Calls PNNL "World Leader in Catalysis"

    In 2016, the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science released their evaluation of Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and, in their report, gave high marks to PNNL's science and technology. The DOE noted the Lab was a "world leader in catalysis, condensed-phase and interfacial molecular sciences, and energy storage research."

  • Yuehe Lin

    Yuehe Lin Named Among Most Influential Scientists in the World

    Kudos to Yuehe Lin, a Laboratory Fellow at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, for being included on the 2016 Highly Cited Researcher list from Clarivate Analytics (formerly Thomson Reuters). Lin, who has 360 publications to his credit, also appeared on the list in 2014 and 2015.

  • Morris Bullock

    Morris Bullock Selected as AAAS Fellow

    Congratulations to Dr. Morris Bullock, Director of the Center for Molecular Electrocatalysis and member of the Institute for Integrated Catalysis at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, on being elected to the rank of fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

  • Researchers study zeolite catalysts

    Of Catalysts and Coke

    Catalysts known as zeolites are vital to fuel production and other processes. Coke deposits in zeolites are a costly problem in petroleum refinement and in petrochemical production. To explore ways to fix the issue, Karthikeyan Ramasamy and other researchers from PNNL, with help from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, zoomed in at the highest resolution yet on these problematic carbon-based deposits.

  • Drawing of nitrogenase

    A Cooperative Way to Make Ammonia

    A better understanding of how bacteria fix nitrogen molecules into ammonia could lead to energy savings in industrial processes such as those that produce fertilizer. Researchers are studying the bacterial enzyme that does this, a complicated enzyme called nitrogenase. In new work, researchers discovered essential information about the manner in which nitrogenase produces ammonia, according to work published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

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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