Chemical Processes & Catalysis (CPC)


The Millennium Nucleus Chemical Processes & Catalysis (CPC) is a multidisciplinary center supported by the Millennium Science Initiative (MSI), that exists to achieve excellence in the field of chemical catalysis research and high-level training of young scientists. Chemistry is an eminently experimental science that has, within the last few years, incorporated new study perspectives based on knowledge from the electronic structure of molecular systems.

In this context, theoretical chemistry has played a major role establishing parameters for understanding the behaviour of matter. Moreover, computational chemistry allows us to establish the link between theory and experiment through computer simulations permitting us to numerically reproduce the experimental conditions in which chemical reactions take place.

The mission of the Millennium Nucleus CPC projects itself in 3 dimensions:
i) To accomplish excellent scientific research in the field of chemical processes and catalysis; ii) to develop advanced human capital & iii) to spread (scientific research performed in CPC) to the external environment.

Research in the Millennium Nucleus CPC is organized in two principal axes: a computational-theoretical axis and another purely experimental, these are: a) conceptual and computational developments and b) design and synthesis of new catalysts. Work areas articulate within these research axes led by our appointed researchers.

a) Conceptual and Computational Developments.
The knowledge from reaction mechanisms allows us to identify and control responsible elements of the reaction progression, thereby establishing specific parameters for a more efficient catalyst design, with desired and pre-established properties. The main goal of this research axis is the formulation and development of theoretical tools and computational technologies for the characterization of chemical reaction mechanisms. Within CPC, theoretical concepts have been formulated based on the study of electronic structure evolution of systems during the chemical reaction.

b) Design and Synthesis of New Catalysts.
Design and synthesis of organometallic catalysts for olefin polymerization and the search of new strategies for small molecule activation. This research axis is basically experimental and involves the synthesis of new species to be tested as catalysts for specific reactions. The goal of this research axis is catalytic activity control by the use of chemical (specific substituents) and physical (reaction conditions) tools.




Development Divisions


Research & Development

This Division goal is to perform the highest level of scientific research in the field of chemical processes and catalysis, establishing lines of scientific development 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.


Applied Research

Its main goal is to establish collaboration connections between the Nucleus CPC and the industrial environment. In this context, the Division looks to build partnerships for applied research aimed at solving specific problems facing the chemical industry. One of the goals of our project is to become a scientific and technological reference for the industry, the manufacturing sector and the government in the area of chemical processes and catalysis.


Education & Public Outreach

Its main goal is to bring researchers and the research being done in the CPC to society. Different activities include the participation of the CPC in science fairs and exhibitions, and organizing other community events. Moreover, in this CPC Division, educational mobile games are developed using computer and virtual reality elements, based on the concepts associated with chemical processes and catalysis.


"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

Collaborations and Connections


It is important to highlight that the CPC has strong academic partnerships with important universities, institutes, laboratories and researchers from around the world. International scientific collaboration is reflected in co-authorship publications, overseas research internships of CPC researchers, visits

to the CPC by foreign researchers and students, and invitations to CPC members to teach courses at major universities abroad and the development of new research projects. Moreover, the CPC has initiated a close collaboration with industrial partners to produce new catalysts for specific reactions.