Welcome to the NSF Center for Integrated Catalysis!

Spatially separated and temporally switchable catalysis

About Us

Our Goal
As the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Center for Integrated Catalysis (CIC), our goal is to develop the fundamental chemistry to achieve the synthesis of sequence-defined polymeric materials from pools of abundant feedstocks in a single reactor using spatially separated and switchable catalysts.

Our Plan
We hope to achieve this goal in two distinct phases: in Phase I, currently taking place, we are striving to provide proof of concept that it is possible to couple synthesis of specific building blocks and polymerization to obtain new and unprecedented materials. After that, our plans for Phase II are to use an expanded, diverse team to take the concepts from Phase I to the next level by pushing the boundaries of catalysis. 

Beyond research, we also aim to make our science accessible to communities around us with our outreach, which you can see in the tabs above! To increase accessibility to our research, we’ve created blog posts and a TikTok channel showcasing some of our reactions, as well as working more directly with communities through our summer REU program and Catalysing eXploration in Chemistry (CXC) program.



Jan 22

New Paper!

The Liu and Diaconescu lab (UCLA) recently published their paper on a kinetic model for the compartmentalization organometallic catalysis. Check…
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Jan 22

CXC 2022

We have opened our applications for the upcoming Catalyzing eXploration in Chemistry 2022! Click here to learn more about the…
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Dec 21

Annual Meeting 2021

The Center held an in-person annual meeting at Boston College and held a public talk on integrated catalysis. Students presented…
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Sep 21

New team members!

Our center welcomes Yu Mu (Boston College) and Connor Gallin (Boston College) to the team!
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Aug 21

Summer REU Program

Congratulations to Kyle Tro, Mason Cooper, Javier Padron, Austin Geer, and Carolina Battle for completing our 2021 summer REU program!…
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Jun 21

First Paper!

We are proud to announce our first paper from @NSF_CIC! Check out this cool way to carry out surface patterning…
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Our Research

Our Team