Research at the Centre

  • Experiment in the lab. Photo
  • Researchers in the lab. Photo
  • Researcher in the lab. Photo

The main objective of iCSI’s research is industrial innovation through optimizing the activity, selectivity and stability of existing or new catalysts. The research activity can be divided into the following main areas.


Cutting edge research topics addressing the key challenges – world class energy and raw material efficiency in the production of bulk chemicals and fuels - are identified for each of the iCSI Industrial Innovation Areas 1-5.

The catalysts are highly complex systems comprised of metals, oxides, molecular sieves and chlorides. Several processes also involve not only surface reactions, but also mass and heat transfer issues of the reacting mixtures and in some cases also the bulk diffusion inside the materials. The industrial innovation areas (IIA) are therefore addressed by a hierarchical multiscale approach throughout the project.

High quality experimental work for advanced material synthesis, characterization, mechanistic insight, and kinetics, is combined with reliable atomic-scale models of surfaces and elementary reaction steps, microkinetic modeling of the surface reactions, and finally reactor and multiscale modeling to unite insight from different scales.