Integrated Mesoscale Architectures for Sustainable Catalysis (IMASC)

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Cynthia Friend

Lead Institution

Harvard University




To establish design principles for highly selective catalytic transformations driven by dilute alloys.

Research Topics

catalysis (heterogeneous), mesoscale science, materials and chemistry by design, mesostructured materials, synthesis (novel systems), synthesis (self-assembly)

Systems Studied

Systems: methane and light alkanes

Interfaces: inorganic/inorganic, gas/solid, liquid/solid, solid/solid

Nanostructured: 3D

Experimental and Theoretical Methods

X-ray spectroscopy, electron microscopy, scanning probe microscopy, surface science, molecular dynamics (MD), density functional theory (DFT), monte carlo (MC), mesoscale modeling, multiscale modeling, machine learning 

Partner Institutions

  • Brookhaven National Laboratory
  • Harvard University
  • Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
  • Stony Brook University
  • Tufts University
  • Tulane University
  • University of California, Los Angeles
  • University of Florida
  • University of Pennsylvania 

BES Staff Contact

Viviane Schwartz, Chris Bradley