A pinboard by
Viktor Cybulskis

Postdoctoral Scholar, California Institute of Technology


Develop and apply catalysts to transform carbon-containing molecules into high-value products

New catalysts (a type of nano-material) enabled the creation of many important technologies in the 20th century. For example, industrial processes used to make products such as fertilizer, gasoline, and plastics, as well as technologies used to reduce emissions from automobiles all have made very large, positive impacts on society and all were made possible by catalysts. Effective use of catalysts in the future for key areas such as energy, consumer goods, and infrastructure requires better design of catalysts and development of new methods to produce high-value chemicals and fuels from carbon-containing resources, such as shale gas. The objective of this research is to design, develop, and apply new catalysts with tailored properties to efficiently transform carbon-containing molecules into a diverse range of valuable chemicals with reduced environmental impact.