Low temperature catalysis
The approaches currently undertaken in the field of catalysis, focusing on the design on single active centers which drive all steps in the catalytic process, cannot meet these requirements of high product selectivity, low environmental impact, and efficient energy utilization. The main problem is that the singe active sites cannot be optimized for all the elementary transformations involved in a catalytic cycle. Therefore, commercial catalysts are far from optimal. They are materials that offer the best (often poor) compromise in activating these multiple steps.
We aim to develop a disruptive program focused on a fundamentally different approach to chemical catalysis that will redefine chemical catalysis. Our ambition is to focus on complex systems of multiple materials (building blocks), each optimized to perform a particular function in a catalytic process, working in concert with each other to direct chemistry along the desired path.