Heterogeneous Catalysis Group
Institute for Catalysis in Energy Processes (ICEP)
The Institute for Catalysis in Energy Processes (ICEP) is a joint venture of the Northwestern University Center for Catalysis and Surface Science and Argonne National Laboratory. It is organized into three highly integrated efforts. Two of these comprise the scientific themes: Chemical Catalysis: Selective Oxidation of Light Alkanes to Fuels; and Photocatalysis: Reduction of Carbon Oxides. Research activities of ICEP are in synthesis of catalytic materials, in measurements that reveal catalyst properties and chemistry, and in theory and modeling to understand properties, measurements, and chemistry. In many cases, ICEP researchers are the inventors or developers of the methods that can be brought to bear on catalytic systems. The third effort is a natural outgrowth of these strengths. It provides the research expertise for advancing the scientific themes through the application and development of both experimental methods and theory.
Understanding the elementary catalytic steps in selective oxidation of light alkanes to oxygenates, with an ultimate goal to achieve the ability to design and manipulate selective catalytic sites is the major objective of the Chemical Catalysis theme. Understanding the elementary steps in the photocatalytic reduction of CO2 on oxide surfaces is the major objective of the photocatalysis theme. An important aspect of the ongoing ICEP research is the continued advancement and development of both synthesis and characterization methods. Significant progress has been achieved in each of these areas as described in ICEP publications.