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Center for Enabling New Technologies Through Catalysis

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Center for Enabling New Technologies through Catalysis  (University of Washington)

Research Focus & Anticipated Benefits

The Center for Enabling New Technologies Through Catalysis (CENTC) is a National Science Foundation Phase II Center for Chemical Innovation. CENTC brings together researchers from across North America to collaboratively address the economic, environmental and national security needs for more efficient, inexpensive and environmentally friendly methods of producing chemicals and fuels from a variety of feedstocks.

Through catalysis, CENTC researchers can lower the energy costs to transforming chemicals, use inexpensive, abundant and nontoxic starting materials and generate less waste. Fundamentally new technologies are needed to reduce our dependency on foreign oil both for fuels and for chemicals. The production of chemicals including plastics and medicines from petroleum can be made more efficient through catalysis. Novel catalytic methods are also needed to develop alternatives to petroleum for fuels and chemicals. Coal, shale and biomass may all be viable as starting materials for the production of fuels.

Education & Outreach

CENTC offers a variety of educational programs ranging from undergraduate fellowships, a 10-week long program where participants conduct research at one of CENTC’s 13 locations, to Summer School opportunities, where students learn about the interrelations between different kinds of catalysis and how to approach complex problems.  CENTC researchers also visit high school classes to present and discuss the importance of chemistry in the synthesis of materials and its value to our economy.  The visits include hands-on activities and information and discussion about chemistry careers.

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