The Chemical Catalysis for Bioenergy Consortium (ChemCatBio) leverages unique U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) national lab capabilities to address technical risks associated with accelerating the development of catalysts and related technologies for the commercialization of biomass- and waste-derived fuels and chemicals, leading to enhanced energy security and national leadership in the global bioeconomy.
The foundation of the consortium consists of an integrated and collaborative portfolio of catalytic and enabling technologies, which positions ChemCatBio to address both technology-specific and overarching catalysis challenges over the entire development cycle from discovery to scale-up. The core catalysis projects target technological advancements for specific conversion processes, such as catalytic upgrading of biochemical process intermediates, catalytic fast pyrolysis, indirect liquefaction, and CO2 upgrading, while the enabling technologies provide access to world-class capabilities and expertise in computational modeling, materials synthesis, advanced in situ and in operando catalyst characterization, and catalyst design tools.
ChemCatBio consists of technical capabilities experts, technology transfer/agreement experts, and data experts from eight DOE national laboratories with demonstrated experience in developing advanced catalytic materials: National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, National Energy Technology Laboratory, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Argonne National Laboratory, Sandia National Laboratories, and Idaho National Laboratory.
ChemCatBio is part of the DOE Energy Materials Network (EMN) consortia and is led by NREL. A steering committee—made up of technical capability experts from the participating laboratories and DOE representatives—guides the ChemCatBio consortium in regard to research direction and approach, coordinated streamlined industry access, and identification and incorporation of unique national lab capabilities. Learn about our leadership.
Leveraging the capabilities of the national lab system to develop advanced catalytic materials for bioenergy applications.
About the Energy Materials Network
Accelerating advanced materials development, from discovery through deployment, has the potential to revolutionize whole industries and is critical for the United States to compete globally in manufacturing in the 21st century. However, today only a small fraction of materials innovations make it to widespread commercialization. The goal of EMN is to dramatically decrease the time-to-market for advanced materials that are critical to manufacturing many clean energy technologies, enabling manufacturers of all sizes to develop and deliver innovative, made-in-America products to the world market.
Through targeted, national lab-led consortia, EMN will leverage more than $40 million in federal funding in 2016 to facilitate industry's access to the unique scientific and technical resources at DOE's national labs in high-performance computing, synthesis and characterization of new materials, and high-impact experimentation. Each EMN consortium will bring together national labs, industry, and academia to focus on specific classes of materials aligned with industry's most pressing challenges related to materials for clean energy technologies. Together, the EMN consortia will form a network of advanced materials R&D capabilities and resources that will support the Administration's commitment to revitalizing American manufacturing and maintaining a competitive edge in the clean energy economy.