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Chemical Catalysis (CAT)

 

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Wednesday, September 30, 2015
 

Summary:

The CAT Program supports experimental and theoretical research directed towards the fundamental understanding of the chemistry of catalytic processes at the molecular level. The Program accepts proposals on catalyticapproaches, which facilitate, direct, and accelerate efficient chemical transformations. This includes the design and synthesis of catalytic species on the molecular, supramolecular, and nanometer scales as well as studies of the dynamics of homogeneous and heterogeneous catalytic processes. Processes of interest include (but are not limited to): polymerizationcatalysis, single site catalysis, and biologically inspired catalysis. Applications of modeling, theory, and simulation to catalytic processes are also relevant. Fundamental studies of energy-related catalytic processes, CO2 conversion, electrocatalysis (such as in water splitting and fuel cells), and photocatalysis (such as in solar energy conversion) are welcome in the program.

Submissions that address national needs for sustainability are particularly encouraged. Examples of sustainable chemistry appropriate for the CAT Program include: (1) the design, preparation and reactivity studies associated with new catalysts and catalytic processes that will replace rare, expensive and/or toxic compounds or nanomaterials with earth abundant, inexpensive and benign alternatives; (2) new chemistries to economically recycle chemicals that cannot be replaced, such as phosphorus and the rare earth elements; (3) new chemistries to convert non-petroleum based sources of organics to feedstock chemicals; and (4) new environmentally friendly chemical reactions and processes that require less energy, fresh water, and/or organic solvents than current practice.

The Program does not support applied catalysis research that focuses on scale-up, processing, transport dynamics, long-term stability and other engineering aspects of catalysis. The Program also does not support biocatalysis research with purely biological enzymes and cellular systems. Catalytic research whose immediate objectives are the synthesis of complex natural products using established catalysts should be submitted to the Chemical Synthesis program.

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http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=503418

 
 

 

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