Catalysis plays a key-role in improving urban air quality by reducing emissions from transports and stationary sources. Catalysis will continue to play a crucial role in the exhaust abatement from new types of energy-efficient engines using conventional or renewable fuels. Furthermore, catalysis will most likely be essential in the transformation of the energy system toward more sustainable solutions in fuel production, for increased energy efficiency and in energy conversion processes. Our vision is to contribute, with catalytic techniques, to sustainable transport, energy and environmental systems.
The Competence Centre for Catalysis, KCK, is since 1995 an interdisciplinary research centre within heterogeneous catalysis at Chalmers. The research is focused to develop catalyst-based technologies for emission control and energy conversion. It is executed in three main programs; Reduction of nitrogen oxides in excess oxygen, Oxidation of hydrocarbons and particulates, Catalytic techniques for sustainable energy systems.
The research programs are closely related with strong synergies, where the common themes are energy, emissions and catalysis. Of special importance for the successful research in the centre is the strong connection between experimental and theoretical activities, the collaboration between different disciplines at Chalmers and the close involvement in the projects by the member companies.
KCK is financially supported by Chalmers University of Technology, the Swedish Energy Agency and the member companies: AB Volvo, ECAPS AB, Haldor Topsøe A/S, Scania CV AB, Volvo Car Corporation AB and Wärtsilä Finland Oy.
The Competence Centre for Catalysis is hosted by Chalmers, where mainly four research groups participate from the department of Physics and the department of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering.
The International Scientific Advisory Board (IAB) is currently composed of Prof. Ib Chorkendorff, Technical University of Denmark, Prof. Enrico Tronconi, Politecnico di Milano, Italy, Dr. Christine Lambert, Ford Motor Company, USA, and Prof. Galen B. Fisher, University of Michigan, USA,
KCK is funded in equal parts by the Swedish Energy Agency, Chalmers and the member companies. Additional funding for projects comes from national and international sources, such as the EU, the Swedish Research Council, Mistra, SSF, KAW, DSF, FFI and industries