With fundamental and more applied molecular chemistry research, the Institute for Sustainable and Circular Chemistry contributes to the three important transitions that our society faces: the energy, resource, and materials transitions.

Research at ISCC focuses on molecular chemistry, with catalysis, synthetic chemistry, environmental chemistry, and analytical sciences, specifically in-situ and operando spectroscopy and microscopy, as recognized core strongholds of the members. Scientific topics include, among others, CO2 utilization, plastics circularity and recyclability, biomass conversion, and chemistries beyond thermal conversion.

In general, our research aims at closing the element loops, using benign (i.e., clean, energy-efficient and resource-efficient) conversion and manufacturing processes. Such processes should then yield products that are both circular-by-design and safe-by-design. This can only be achieved by molecular redesign and the adoption of a systems approach to chemistry, including end-of-life studies (environmental impact) and related risk assessment. Such research clearly requires a multi- and interdisciplinary line of action, which is achieved through collaboration with toxicologists as well as technoeconomic and life cycle analysts.

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