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Northwestern to lead a new national Center for Chemical Innovation

September 29, 2022

Northwestern University has been chosen by the National Science Foundation to lead a new Center for Chemical Innovation (CCI). The national center’s diverse research team will focus on harnessing the power of biocatalysis found in nature to forge new processes for a variety of practical developments, ranging from fine chemical production and sustainable chemical synthesis to new medicines that address critical societal needs. 

Led by Northwestern’s Karl Scheidt, the Center for Chemoenzymatic Synthesis includes experts in chemical synthesis, biocatalysis, protein engineering and machine learning from seven universities across the country and in the U.K. The research team will develop unprecedented transformations and achieve new selectivity strategies by applying novel concepts in biocatalysis to the sustainable making of chemicals, a process called chemoenzymatic synthesis.

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