Catalysis

Catalysis is the process of increasing the rate of a chemical reaction by adding a substance known as a catalyst, which is not consumed in the catalyzed reaction and can continue to act repeatedly. Because of this, only very small amounts of catalyst are required to alter the reaction rate in principle.

In general, chemical reactions occur faster in the presence of a catalyst because the catalyst provides an alternative reaction mechanism with a lower activation energy than the non-catalyzed mechanism. In catalyzed mechanisms, the catalyst usually reacts to form a temporary intermediate, which then regenerates the original catalyst in a cyclic process.

Biomass conversion

A range of chemical processes may be used to convert biomass into other forms, such as to produce a fuel that is more conveniently used, transported or stored, or to exploit some property of the process itself.

Centers

Catalysis Center for Energy Innovation
CCEI is developing a range of new catalysts that will convert inedible biomass—things like wood, switchgrass and other organic waste—into sugars and oils that can be used in fuels and chemicals.

Experts
Dion Vlachos
Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering

Bingjun Xu
Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering
Research updates

A Universal Descriptor for the Entropy of Adsorbed Molecules in Confined Spaces
In this paper by CCEI co-director Paul Dauenhauer and colleagues, entropy of adsorption is quantitatively predicted using a single material descriptor

A big spark for energy research
U.S. Department of Energy announces $12.8 million for UD-led CCEI

Electrochemical systems

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Centers
Experts
Feng Jiao
Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering
Joel Rosenthal
Chemistry & Biochemistry

Bingjun Xu
Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering
Yushan Yan
Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering
Research updates

Transforming carbon dioxide
UD researchers develop novel two-step CO2 conversion technology

Fuels without fossils
Novel renewable energy technology being developed at the University of Delaware

Shale gas and C1 chemistry

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Centers

Center for Catalytic Science and Technology
Recognizing the central role of catalysis in industrial practice, the Center for Catalytic Science and Technology was founded at the University of Delaware in 1978. The Center has pioneered multidisciplinary research in the scientific and engineering principles of catalysis and has provided research opportunities in all aspects of catalysis to more than 300 students and postdoctoral fellows in the academic departments which it spans.

Experts
Feng Jiao
Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering
Raul Lobo
Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering
Marat Orazov
Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering
Dion Vlachos
Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering

Bingjun Xu
Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering
Research updates

Molecular catalysis

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Centers
Experts
Joe Fox
Chemistry & Biochemistry
Klaus Theopold
Chemistry & Biochemistry
Mary Watson
Chemistry & Biochemistry