The core of the IMASC research approach is to integrate fundamental studies of model systems with the design, synthesis and testing of mesoporous catalysts spanning a vast range of pressures, temperatures and materials complexity. Theory and experiment are being combined to establish and test general principles that control reactivity and selectivity. Our team focuses on metallic alloy catalyst materials that have dual functionality. The principal design feature of the catalyst material is to combine a minor amount of active metal that facilitates creation of reactive intermediates with a less active majority phase that transforms these intermediates to desirable products with high selectivity. IMASC research, based on active and inclusive management, is strategically organized into three Focus Areas to tackle some of the most important energy challenges facing the nation.
The IMASC research specifically addresses the grand challenge of “How do we design and perfect atom- and energy efficient synthesis of revolutionary new forms of matter with tailored properties.” The "revolutionary" feature here is the design of catalysts that uniquely combine atomic reactive sites and the host properties to achieve behavior controllably different than that of either individual component.
IMASC Executive Committee
Introducing IMASC Focus Area (FA) 3 Lead
Dr. Juergen Biener is a staff scientist at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL). His research interest lies at the intersection of surface chemistry, physics and mechanics of nanostructured materials. For the last 15 years he has been making many important contributions advancing our knowledge of interfacial properties of mesoporous materials, and has an extensive background in studying surface reactions on single crystal surfaces using atomic scale imaging and various spectroscopies.
As a FA 3 Lead and a member of the Executive Committee of IMASC, he is involved in most aspects of planning and coordinating of IMASC activities related materials design synthesis, and characterization. He directs the development and characterization of new mesoporous dilute alloy catalysts for reaction mechanism studies and catalytic performance tests under realistic conditions.