Partnering with Industry, Catalyzing Innovation
More than 20 of the world's leading chemical companies have partnered with us since 2003. Partnering with industry help us identify key technical challenges and opportunities. It also sheds light on commercial practices and helps to drive projects from fundamental concepts to pilot-ready systems. This industry-focused approach, uncommon in many university research programs, maximizes the potential impact of our discoveries.
We listen to our partners' needs, learn from their expertise, and look for cost-competitive, eco-friendly solutions to the obstacles that matter most.
Companies seek membership with CEBC to:
- Gain privileged access to intellectual property and keep abreast of the latest developments in catalytic processing
- Openly collaborate with other companies in areas of shared interest
- Closely work with graduate students and postdocs as prospective future employees
- Launch deeper collaborations through joint proposals or sponsored projects
Ways to collaborate
Become a Member - Members leverage >$30M in R&D, and receive privileged access to research advances and priority IP licensing opportunities.
Sponsor a Project - gain access to specialized facilities and renowned catalysis experts under negotiated intellectual property terms.
Contract for Testing Services - Save time and money by contracting testing services with CEBC's renowned catalysis experts and specialized facilities. Company retains exclusive access to results and full intellectual property ownership
Lease Space for Innovation - KU offers incubator facilities for research. Companies can employ KU postdocs and/or other employees to lead the research. Intellectual property assignments depends on on inventorship.
How does membership work?
Member companies designate senior scientists and engineers to represent their organizations at CEBC. These individuals understand industrial technology needs and sustainability challenges. They also appreciate the underpinnings of sound fundamental science and engineering for developing technology breakthroughs.
Member companies provide non-confidential feedback on core projects at CEBC (i.e., those projects funded with federal, state and membership funds). In return, they receive privileged access to science and technology advances from the core projects along with priority IP licensing opportunities. Industry partners also have access to faculty expertise, CEBC infrastructure for sponsoring proprietary projects, and the opportunity to closely follow the professional development of students and postdocs.
Please contact Dr. Christopher Lyon, Administrative Director to learn more.