Fundamental is a foundation of fun. Our research uses spectroscopic tools as a foundation to aid in understanding catalytic systems, designing advanced materials, and optimizing transformation technologies.

Bio-inspired catalytic materials


There has been a growing interest in the use of renewable lignocellulose and other natural resources for production of fuels, chemicals, and plastic precursors.  Our group combines material synthesis, novel spectroscopy, and techno-economic analysis to develop new technologies for conversion of natural resources. Lessons to learn from Nature – Nature does not hurry, yet many biological processes are efficient and selective. 


We aim to mimick a highly selective trait from Nature and fast processing speeds from catalytic tools for synthesis of tailor-made fuels, chemicals, and polymers.