The Center for Integrated Mesoscale Architectures for Sustainable Catalysis (IMASC) is an Energy Frontier Research Center, headquartered at Harvard University. The vision of IMASC is to advance the fundamental science necessary to change the face and carbon footprint of the chemical industries sector.  Read more.


  • Multiscale approach to catalysis

    Multiscale approach to catalysis

    Employing a multiscale approach to understand, design and optimize mesoscale catalyst architectures and processes.

  • Understanding reaction mechanisms

    Methyl acrylates by oxygen-assisted coupling of alcohols over gold

    Reaction mechanisms for selective oxidative coupling of alcohols over Au to form methyl esters (ACS Catalysis, 2016, 6(3), 1833)

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    O diffusion on an AgAu(111) surface

    Atomic level understanding of surface processes using quantum chemical simulations

  • Influence of van der Waals (vdW) Interactions on catalysis
  • Surface Chemistry of Ni-Au Single Atom Alloy Catalysts

    Understanding the adsorption properties of Ni-Au Single Atom Alloy Catalysts (J. Phys. Chem. C, 2016, 120 (25), 13574)

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    Dynamic Restructuring Drives Catalytic Activity on Nanoporous Gold-Silver Alloy Catalysts

    In situ characterization of the dynamic restructuring during the catalytic activity enables catalyst design (Nat. Mater., 2016)

  • modular design of mesoscale catalysts
  • Oxygen adsorption on spontaneously reconstructed Au(511)
  • Graphic of a catalyist performing catalysis over a vast range of pressures
  • Nueral network analyzing EXAFS data to determine nearest-neighbor structure.

Aizenberg and Friend elected to National Academy of Sciences

 Joanna AizenbergCynthia FriendNot one but two IMASC members were honored May 1, 2019 with election to the National Academy of Sciences in Chemistry.

Senior Investigator Prof. Joanna Aizenberg was cited for “…being the pioneer of the budding field of bioinspired materials chemistry, applying lessons from natural systems to inventing artificial materials with unprecedented properties. She has made groundbreaking, seminal contributions to biomineralization, crystal engineering, smart surfaces, and antifouling and stimuli-responsive materials that display unique hierarchical designs.”

Director Prof. Cynthia Friend was cited for “… making decisive contributions in surface chemistry through her multi-scale research in catalysis—from gold single crystal surfaces to nanoporous gold catalysts and from controlled conditions in ultrahigh vacuum to practical reaction conditions at atmospheric pressure. Her work has established principles governing the surface chemistry of selective oxidation reactions.”

The National Academy of Sciences (NAS) was established in 1863 by an Act of Congress, signed by President Lincoln, as a private, nongovernmental institution to advise the nation on issues related to science and technology. Members are elected by their peers for outstanding contributions to research. Election to the NAS is one of the highest honors a scientist can recieve, and also provides provides a platform for advocacy and leadership.