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Inorganometallic Catalyst Design Center

Welcome. The Inorganometallic Catalyst Design Center (ICDC) is an Energy Frontier Research Center funded by the United States Department of Energy. The ICDC is devoted to computationally-guided discovery of a new class of energy-science-relevant catalytic materials and the underlying structure-function relationships that will guide further catalyst discovery. The catalysts determined in the ICDC are intended to be used for natural gas conversion from alkanes to alcohols.

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The Inorganometallic Catalyst Design Center, Chemical Theory Center, and Nanoporous Materials Genome Center are now accepting applications for the 2018 Summer Undergraduate Theoretical Chemistry Research Fellowship.


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  • November 21, 2017. ICDC Investigaor Omar Farha was named a 2017 AAAS Fellow in recognition of his "contributions to science and technology, scientific leadership, and extraordinary achievements across disciplines."
  • November 20, 2017. An article titled, Science and Automobile Fuels from Natural Gas, written by ICDC researcher Jingyun Ye was published in the Fall 2017 Frontiers in Energy Research Newsletter.

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This work was supported as part of the Inorganometallic Catalyst Design Center, an Energy Frontier Research Center funded by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), Office of Science, Basic Energy Sciences (BES), under Award DE-SC0012702.

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