The Center for Catalysis, or CCAT, is a research and education organization focusing on "green chemistry," which refers to environmentally benign chemical processes. These often occur at room temperatures and ordinary pressures, and use water, preferably, as a solvent. They require less expenditure of energy, occur more rapidly, and produce significantly fewer unwanted byproducts than competing industrial processes.
CCAT is working to create catalysts that will enable firms to replace chemical processes that generate large volumes of hazardous pollutants. The center is developing new catalysts and biocatalysts that mimic nature, and is also transforming laboratory-scale catalysts into industrial-scale catalysts. With this technology, CCAT is creating new markets for agricultural commodities as raw materials for industry, which benefits the farming economy.