CENTC Logo Center for Enabling New Technologies Through Catalysis
A NSF Center for Chemical Innovation


July 22 - 26, 2013
University of Washington, Seattle, Washington

Enabling Sustainability and Innovation Through Catalysis

General Information


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The Center for Enabling New Technologies Through Catalysis (CENTC), a National Science Foundation Center for Chemical Innovation, is sponsoring a summer school to be held July 22-26, 2013 on the University of Washington campus in Seattle. The five-day program will feature pedagogical presentations by a diverse group of professionals focused on the process of innovation in catalysis and the chemical sciences from basic research to market. In addition, mini-workshops on proposal writing and intellectual property and patents will be featured.

Session Topics

Chemical Processes
Intellectual Property and Innovation
Bench to Market


Emilio Bunel, Argonne National Laboratories
Elon Ison, North Carolina State University

Who should apply?

The program is intended for advanced PhD students, postdoctoral fellows, and other early-career researchers as well as faculty members from primarily undergraduate institutions who are interested in deepening and updating their understanding of organometallic catalysis and the process of innovation. Applications from members of groups under-represented in chemistry are strongly encouraged.


Application deadline was April 19, 2013.
Admission decisions were announced in May 2013.

Fees and Financial Support

There is no fee to attend this Summer School. Funding is available for travel and lodging for approximately 60 participants.
Guaranteed support is available for travel up to $700 and most local expenses (dorm room – double – for up to six nights and provided meals). Meals provided: Breakfast and lunch Monday – Friday, Dinner Thursday

Agenda and Speakers


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Jennifer Dunn, Argonne National Laboratory
Karen Goldberg, University of Washington
Nilay Hazari, Yale University
Josephine Hill, University of Calgary
Doug Keszler, Oregon State University
Ted Krause, Argonne National Laboratory, Chemical Sciences and Engineering Division
Amy Landis, Global Institute of Sustainability, Arizona State University
Clark Landis, University of Wisconsin
Alexander Miller, University of North Carolina
Lorna Ortiz-Soto, Shell Oil Company
Roy Periana, The Scripps Research Institute, Florida
Amy Prieto, Colorado State University/Founder, Prieto Battery
Yuriy Roman-Leshkov, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Susannah Scott, University of California, Santa Barbara
Shannon Stahl, University of Wisconsin, Madison
Joe Templeton, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Christine Thomas, Brandeis University
Levi Thompson, University of Michigan
David Wigley, Intellectual Property Practice Group, Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP
Jenny Yang, University of California, Irvine
Joe Zoeller, Eastman Chemical Company

Format and location


This summer school will consist of lectures, panel discussions and mini-workshops with a format intended to facilitate and promote informal interactions between participants and speakers. Monday, Tuesday and Thursday are full days, beginning at 9 am and ending at 5pm. Wednesday and Friday feature morning talks only, with a mini-workshop on Friday.


The Summer School will be held on the campus of The University of Washington in Seattle. University of Washington Conference Housing will provide housing arrangements. Seattle-Tacoma International Airport is the closest major airport to the University and is 20-30 minutes away by car. Several bus lines make travel between campus and downtown Seattle fast and easy. Seattle and the Pacific Northwest generally have a wet climate, but June, July and August are our dryest and warmest months. Average high temperature in July/August is 75°F, average low temperature is 56°F, though we also have been known to suffer through weeklong heat spells in the high 80s or low 90s.

Additional information

Comments from previous participants

This is the third summer school in catalysis that CENTC is sponsoring. Here is what participants said about previous CENTC summer schools:
  • "... great experience. It got me re-excited. I’ll surely incorporate some of this into my courses." -- Faculty from California State University
  • "Great program. Well organized. Proposal panel and job panels were great."-- Postdoctoral fellow
  • "The talks were a great mix of academic, industry and national lab research. The research proposal exercise was exceptionally helpful."-- Graduate Student
  • "This was an outstanding interactive experience." – Graduate Student
  • "... speakers were wonderfully approachable and willing to problem-solve.... This was a great benefit of the program!"

Contact Information

Please contact Eve Perara, the CENTC Director of Diversity, Education and Outreach at centcdeo@chem.washington.edu if you have questions.