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 nanoporous dilute alloys.

Research Topics

catalysis (heterogeneous), methane and light alkanes, defects, mesoscale science, materials and chemistry by design, mesostructured materials, synthesis (novel materials), synthesis (self-assembly)

Materials Studied

Materials: metal, oxide, porous

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

Nanostructured Materials: 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
  • University College London
  • University of California
  • Los Angeles; University of Florida
  • University of Pennsylvania 

BES Staff Contact

Viviane Schwartz, Chris Bradley