Catalysis Center for Energy Innovation

Research areas: production of furans from cellulose and hemicellulose; production of green aromatics; hydrodeoxygenation of target molecules for the upgrade of bio-oil and sugar derivatives; pyrolysis of biomass; production of electricity


The Catalysis Center for Energy Innovation was established as an Energy Frontier Research Center in 2009 by a grant from the U.S. Department of Energy. The center’s research focus is to develop innovative heterogeneous catalytic technologies to transform lignocellulosic (non-food-based) biomass materials (e.g., trees, switch grass, left over waste in agriculture, and more) into fuels and chemicals.