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The Catalysis Center for Energy Innovation (CCEI)

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, Office of Science, Office of Basic Energy Sciences. 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, etc.) into fuels and chemicals. We focus on several scientific thrusts, including the production of furans from cellulose and hemicellulose, the production of green aromatics, the hydrodeoxygenation of target molecules for the upgrade of bio-oil and sugar derivatives, the pyrolysis of biomass, and the production of electricity. Within these scientific thrusts are cross-cutting efforts on synthesis of hierarchical multiscale materials, in situ characterization, and multiscale modeling. read more about CCEI

2017 CCEI Spring Symposium

This event is for CCEI personnel, advisory board members and industrial consortium members exclusively. CCEI is an Energy Frontier Research Center funded by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), Office of Basic Sciences.
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Researchers invent process to make sustainable rubber, plastics

Synthetic rubber and plastics – used for manufacturing tires, toys and myriad other products – are produced from butadiene, a molecule traditionally made from petroleum or natural gas. But those manmade materials could get a lot greener soon, thanks to the ingenuity of a team of scientists from three U.S. research universities. The scientific team –- from the University of Delaware, the University of Minnesota and the University of Massachusetts – has invented a process to make butadiene from renewable sources like trees, grasses and corn.
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Modular Manufacturing Workshop

Sponsored by the National Science Foundation and the Department of Energy. A modular manufacturing workshop (MMW) was held on January 17 and 18, 2017.

The workshop identified the current state of research, the challenges, and the opportunities in this area and developed a roadmap that could be used for future fundamental research. Click here for more information

Scientific Research Thrusts and Enabling Technologies

Sugars to Furans – Selective transformations of sugars to furans

Biomass Upgrade – Upgrade of intermediates to fuels and chemicals

Green Aromatics – Production of aromatics from furans

Fuel Cells – Molten antimony (Sb) as fuel electrode

Pyrolysis – Pyrolysis leads to bio-oil

Modeling – First-principles multiscale simulations

Materials – Growing portfolio of novel classes of materials