Research lines





The Nucleus CPC goal is to perform the highest level of scientific research in the field of chemical processes and catalysis. In this regard, lines of scientific development are established around which the research carried out by the CPC researcher group is performed. The Research & Development Division constitutes the backbone of the Nucleus CPC, since it generates the necessary knowledge to boost other divisions. The scientific research produced in the CPC allows the formation and training of young researchers, generating real research cases used to produce education topics used for outreach to the external environment.


The CPC research activities during 2014 can be summarized as follows: 29 publications in International Journals ISI with a global impact factor of 90.101 and an average impact factor of 3.107; 34 presentations at international meetings; three doctoral fellowships and four bachelor theses completed during that period. Currently, 30 students are being trained in the CPC through academic programs offered by the four universities that sponsored the center, meanwhile 13 postdoctoral researchers develop their investigation in the CPC. As a result, the first year of the CPC project was very positive regarding scientific and academic achievements.





RENEWABLE ENERGIES

Usage of heterogeneous catalysis methods for hydrogen production and purification.

COMPUTATIONAL ASTROCHEMISTRY

Catalytic reactions in extreme conditions.

DESIGN AND SYNTHESIS OF ORGANOMETALLIC COMPLEXES

Design and synthesis of organometallic and coordination complexes with applications in catalytic reactions in homogenous or heterogeneous phase, reactivity modulation by actions of molecular Lewis acids or present in the support.

THEORETICAL AND COMPUTATIONAL CHEMISTRY

Catalytic reactions and computational electrocatalysis.

CLASSIC AND QUANTUM DYNAMICS

Classic and quantum dynamics for the study of catalytic systems.

CATALYST DESIGN

Design of specific catalysts with controlled reactivity.

CHEMICAL REACTIVITY

Formulation and development of new theoretical computational tools for catalyst design.

ENZYMATIC CATALYSIS

Enzymatic catalysis by classic mechanical (molecular dynamics) and quantum mechanical (electronic structure and reactivity) studies.

CATALYTIC DECONTAMINATION

Heterogeneous catalysis methods in atmospheric decontamination processes and hydrogen purification.

CATALYTIC REACTION MECHANISMS

Catalytic reaction mechanisms by computational chemistry: Formulation of theoretical models and computational tools.

"10th Congress of the World Association of Theoretical and Computational Chemists"

− Evento CPC | 2014

"Cazadores de Partículas Cósmicas - IX Feria de la Ciencia Explora"

− PME CPC | 2015

"Perspectives on Catalysis & Energy"

− Workshop CPC | 2015

"Open Lab - Facultad Química UC"

− PME CPC | 2015