Neurock on research team awarded $20 million grant to improve the sustainability of synthetic chemistry

July 8, 2020 - The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded the University of Utah's Center for Synthetic Organic Electrochemistry (CSOE) a $20 million grant to fund the center’s Phase II development. The center merges synthetic organic chemistry and electrochemistry to develop safe and sustainable chemical production methods.

In 2017 the CSOE launched in Phase I, building a multidisciplinary team of synthetic organic chemists, electrochemists, materials scientists, computational scientists and surface scientists. Phase I includes collaborators from the Scripps Research Institute and the University of Minnesota (Neurock), but will expand in Phase II to include collaborators at Brown University, California Institute of Technology, Cornell University, San Diego State University, University of Michigan and Washington University. The team brings strong expertise in synthetic organic chemistry, electrochemistry, electroanalytical characterization and modeling. Nuerock is leading the Modeling Thrust.

“CSOE has brought together a unique multi-disciplinary team to develop next-generation chemical transformations for chemical synthesis,” said Shelley Minteer, professor of chemistry at the University of Utah and CSOE director. The Phase II grant announced today will total $20 million of center funding over five years. “It allows us to expand our team to bring in new synthetic chemistries, new predictive theory and new surface chemistries to tackle bigger problems in synthetic chemistry,” Minteer said.

Excerpt from news release written by Paul Gabrielsen, University of Utah Communications. Read the complete news release via the link below.

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