Catalytic Materials Transformations

The objective of the division is to contribute to the creation of innovative carbon-neutral technologies by developing novel catalysts underlining aspects of both basic science and engineering. The activities are focused on investigating catalysis-related bio-inspired systems for fuel and energy generation and sustainable power circulation systems using tailored inorganic nanocatalysts. Projects in the division address: i) the development of bio-mimetic catalysts for small molecule (e.g., H2, N2, CO2, and H2O) activation based on naturally occurring enzymes and, ii) production of clean fuels for carbon neutral power generation cycles using bio-derived energy-carrying materials.