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ChemCatBio is a U.S. Department of Energy national lab-led research and development consortium dedicated to identifying and overcoming catalysis challenges for the conversion of biomass and waste resources into fuels, chemicals, and materials.

By leveraging unique lab capabilities and public-private partnerships, we seek to accelerate the catalyst-process development cycle, resulting in rapid transition of research and development (R&D) discoveries and growth of the bioeconomy in the United States.

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Join us for our next webinar on February 19! Catalyst lifetime has a significant impact on the economics of biomass conversion processes. Huamin Wang of Pacific Northwest National Laboratory will present (1) an overview of our current knowledge about the unique properties of biomass-derived intermediates that could cause catalyst deactivation issues and possible mitigation approaches, and (2) two to three examples of previous and current ChemCatBio work showing how we are addressing it in our R&D efforts. Get more information and register today.


ChemCatBio recently launched CatCost, a free online catalyst cost estimation tool that incorporates innovative decision-making logic and industry-standard estimation methods into an intuitive, user-friendly tool. Try CatCost today and watch one of the tutorial videos to get started.


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Various mechanisms exist to leverage our unique capabilities and expertise through public-private partnerships. Contact us today to find out how.

Cooperative Research and Development Agreements (CRADA)

For collaborative projects, CRADAs protect existing intellectual property and allow your company to negotiate for exclusive field-of-use licenses.

Funds-In Agreement (FIA)

Used with strategic partnership projects, a nonfederal entity pays to conduct a research-oriented project; includes intellectual property provisions.

Agreements for Commercializing Technology (ACT)

For partners seeking highly specialized or technical services to complete a project, ACT provides flexible terms.

Technical Services Agreement (TSA)

TSAs work well for projects $500,000 or less and up to three years in duration; they are funded entirely by the sponsor for services.

Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA)

These discretionary grants or cooperative agreements are the result of a competition for funds.

ChemCatBio provides streamlined access to intellectual property. All participants of ChemCatBio have collectively negotiated CRADA and Intellectual Property (IP) Management Plan templates. These agreements allow industry to partner with the national labs and easily access IP that results from those engagements. Under the CRADA, IP ownership follows inventorship, with the industrial partner having a right to negotiate an exclusive license to IP developed with the ChemCatBio consortium.

R&D Advancements

Recent ChemCatBio research enables the conversion of light oxygenates into fuels and chemicals.

Figure shows the conversion of aqueous methyl‐ethyl‐ketone to C4−C5 olefin fuel precursors over ZnxZryOz mixed oxide catalysts. This process can lead to biomass‐derived hydrocarbon fuels, such as sustainable aviation fuels.

Single‐Step Conversion of Methyl Ethyl Ketone to Olefins over ZnxZryOz Catalysts in Water

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From left to right, the figure shows the hierarchical structural considerations in a SBA16-supported catalytic system. The multiscale nature of this modeling approach is highlighted starting with the atomic structure of the cage and pore regions of the unit cell. This informs the SBA16 nano/microstructure model which enables the determination of an intraparticle effective diffusivity in the bulk particle structure that accounts for intraparticle transport, as embodied in the reactor configuration.

Multi-Scale Simulation of Reaction, Transport and Deactivation in a SBA-16 Supported Catalyst for the Conversion of Ethanol to Butadiene

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Figure shows how biomass gasification, syngas, and methanol production can provide a variety of fuels enabled by catalysis: gasoline (hydrocarbon), diesel (DME), marine (MeOH and/or hydrocarbon) and jet (hydrocarbon).

Methanol to High-Octane Gasoline within a Market-Responsive Biorefinery Concept Enabled by Catalysis

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