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Center for Catalytic Hydrocarbon Functionalization

Catalysts are central to the efficient and clean utilization of energy resources, and they impact all aspects of the energy sector. With the University of Virginia as the lead institution, the Center for Catalytic Hydrocarbon Functionalization fosters collaborations between groups at ten different institutions with expertise in catalysis, electrochemistry, bioinorganic chemistry, materials chemistry and quantum mechanics. To enable fundamental advancements in the design and development of next generation catalysts for selective, low temperature, hydrocarbon functionalization, the research team will seek to attain new levels of control over catalytic steps involved in the reaction of hydrocarbons and oxygen-delivery reagents. This initial focus will serve as a foundation to build the collaborative team into the cohesive group needed to achieve successful catalysts for diverse areas related to alternative energies.