A new library of innovative materials will accelerate fundamental research and catalyze industry engagement at the University of Kansas.
The DuPont Company and Dr. David Corbin recently donated a library of microporous materials containing over 3,000 unique zeolites, carbons and ion-exchange resins to be housed at KU’s Center for Environmentally Beneficial Catalysis (CEBC). Many of these materials are commonly used as commercial adsorbents and catalysts for chemical processes. Access to this library gives the CEBC a unique resource for a variety of chemical catalysis and separation projects.
“The CEBC gratefully acknowledges this donation from Dr. Corbin and DuPont,” said CEBC Director, Bala Subramaniam. “We feel privileged that the CEBC was chosen to house this extensive library, allowing CEBC researchers to investigate these unique materials for novel applications in separations and catalysis.”
Corbin was recently appointed an adjunct senior research scientist at KU. During his 35-year career with DuPont Central Research and Development, he has been named co-inventor on 60 issued US Patents, co-authored more than 130 publications and has given numerous invited presentations. For more than 20 years, he has served on the board of editors for Microporous and Mesoporous Materials, the official journal of the International Zeolite Association. His work has been featured on the covers of Scientific American, Chemical Communications, and the Proceedings of the 12th International Zeolite Conference.
The CEBC is a unique multi-scale, multidisciplinary research and education enterprise recognized as an international leader in the field of catalysis. Major companies—like Archer Daniels Midland, ChevronPhillips Chemical Co., DuPont, INVISTA, Reliance, Solvay, and UOP—choose to partner with the CEBC to leverage the center’s faculty expertise and unique infrastructure.