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Applied Catalysis and Emissions Research

Applying science to enable clean energy, renewable fuels

The Applied Catalysis and Emissions Research Group solves complex problems in chemical conversion to enable fuel-efficient vehicles with near-zero pollutant emissions and enable renewable fuel production from bioenergy resources.  The group consists of a diverse team of researchers with expertise in catalysis, emissions characterization, analytical chemistry, materials science, advanced diagnostics, environmental science, computational simulations at process scale, separations, carbon capture, and advanced energy systems.  Research spans from the nano-scale to full-scale systems and leverages one-of-a-kind expertise and facilities at ORNL in the areas of leadership computing, neutron sciences, materials characterization, advanced manufacturing, and biosciences.

The Department of Energy’s (DOE) Vehicle Technologies Office and Bioenergy Technologies Office along with industry partners are the primary sponsors of ongoing research. In the Vehicle Technologies Office program, the group leads the Crosscut Lean Exhaust Emissions Reduction Simulations initiative and actively participates in the U.S. DRIVE and 21st Century Truck Partnership.  In the Bioenergy Technologies Office program, the group leads the Consortium for Computational Physics and Chemistry and actively participates in several program consortia including the ChemCatBio Energy Material Network, the Bioprocessing Separations Consortium, and the Feedstock-Conversion Interface Consortium.  Through these entities, the group focuses on challenges identified by industry to provide the highest impact for scientific research and best opportunities for tech transfer and new technology commercialization.