Researchers at KU's Center for Environmentally Beneficial Catalysis are developing cost-competitive chemical manufacturing processes that prevent waste and conserve natural resources. CEBC's internationally recognized faculty members offer a novel mix of expertise in developing catalytic processes. Our industry-focused approach helps push research discoveries toward commercialization and provides unique training opportunities for students. See a welcome message from the Director.
Scientists and engineers at CEBC are creating new, waste-preventing catalysts and developing creative technologies to save energy, minimize hazards, and use alternative feedstocks. Our target chemicals have multi-billion dollar global markets as synthetic fibers, plastics and fuels.
Industry focused, industry driven
We actively seek out—and partner with—chemical companies at CEBC. This industry-focused approach, uncommon in many university research programs, helps maximize the potential impact of our discoveries.
To inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers, we offer a unique training experience at CEBC. Our team-based research projects, industry connections and skill-building workshops give students a competitive edge.
At CEBC, we reach out to the surrounding community to accomplish three goals: (1) expose high school teachers to cutting-edge research, (2) inspire children to pursue careers in science and engineering, and (3) educate society about green technologies for chemicals and fuels.
To help the State of Kansas chart a course toward a thriving renewable chemicals industry, CEBC is developing novel technologies to convert grasses, crops and after-harvest leftovers into various chemical building blocks.
CEBC celebrated its 10th anniversary in 2013. From its modest beginnings, the center has grown into a thriving center of innovation that now occupies more than 13,000 square feet of research labs and offices in west Lawrence, Kan.