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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


Modular Manufacturing Workshop


Sponsored by the National Science Foundation and the Department of Energy. A modular manufacturing workshop (MMW) is scheduled for January 17 and 18, 2017 at the Holiday Inn in Arlington at Ballston.

The objective of the workshop is to identify the current state of research, the challenges, and the opportunities in this area and develop a roadmap that can be used for future fundamental research. Key areas that will be covered include separations, catalysis, reactors, systems engineering, and other cross cutting topics (e.g., modeling, materials, and education) along with important applications that modular manufacturing can have an impact on.
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Open position: Deputy Director of UDEI

The University of Delaware Energy Institute (UDEI) is a campus-wide institute with several affiliated centers. The overall mission of the UDEI is to marshal and expand the University’s science, engineering, and public policy expertise in new and emerging energy technologies and, with its industry and government partners, to use this research to address the entire spectrum of challenges posed by our future energy needs. Serving as the umbrella organization for energy research at UD, UDEI provides a focal point and portal for energy-related research activities at UD and to promote and disseminate knowledge of these energy technologies and activities. The Deputy Director serves as a key leader for developing and enhancing the internal organization processes and infrastructure of UDEI and its affiliated centers. Under the limited direction of the UDEI Director, the Deputy Director independently manages projects and personnel, reports to the federal government and represents the institute and its centers at national meetings to enhance capacity and visibility.
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CCP Student Poster Competition

Nov. 28, 2016--Congratulations to Molly Koehle, a winner of the CCP Student Poster Competition. The Catalysis Club of Philadelphia is very proud of this event and views it as one of the region’s premier opportunities for graduate students to showcase their work with the local chemical industry professionals. All graduate students whose work is either directly or indirectly related to catalysis science and technology are encouraged to submit entries. The competition is an annual event and restricted to graduate students only. Post-docs and senior undergraduates are welcome to present their posters but are not eligible for prizes.
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'PERFECT' SOAP MOLECULE: Discovery could have major impact on multibillion-dollar cleaning products industry

October 26, 2016 -- A team of researchers, led by the University of Minnesota, has invented a new soap molecule made from renewable sources that could dramatically reduce the number of chemicals in cleaning products and their impact on the environment. The soap molecules also worked better than some conventional soaps in challenging conditions such as cold water and hard water. The technology has been patented by the University of Minnesota and is licensed to the new Minnesota-based startup company Sironix Renewables.
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Carbon Dioxide Capture and Utilization

October 2016 -- Key accomplishment and core facilities brochure by UDEI.
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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