Institute for Atom-efficient Chemical Transformations (IACT)


Christopher L. Marshall

Lead Institution:

Argonne National Laboratory




To address key catalytic conversions that could improve the efficiency of producing fuels from biomass. The Institute for Atom-Efficient Chemical Transformations (IACT) is focusing on advancing the science of catalysis for the efficient conversion of energy resources into usable forms. IACT’s goal is to find ways to achieve control and efficiency of chemical conversions comparable to those in nature.

Research Topics:

catalysis (homogeneous), catalysis (heterogeneous), biofuels (including algae and biomass), bio-inspired, materials and chemistry by design, synthesis (novel materials), synthesis (scalable processing) 

Materials Studied:

MATERIALS: metal, oxide, cellulose
INTERFACES: organic/oxide, organic/metal, metal/semiconductor, metal/oxide, gas/liquid, gas/solid, liquid/solid

Experimental and Theoretical Methods:

X-ray diffraction and scattering, X-ray spectroscopy, electron microscopy, scanning probe microscopy, surface science, laser diagnostics, molecular dynamics (MD), density functional theory (DFT), monte carlo (MC), quantum mechanics, multiscale modeling, next generation optimization methods, high-throughput screening methods

Map of institutions in EFRC

Partner Institutions:

  • Argonne National Laboratory
  • Brookhaven National Laboratory
  • Northwestern University
  • Purdue University
  • University of Wisconsin at Madison



BES Staff Contact:

Jeffrey L. Krause