Welcome to the NSF Center for Integrated Catalysis!
Spatially separated and temporally switchable catalysis
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.
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.