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Center for Applied Catalysis

About the Center 

In today’s competitive business environment, Seton Hall University realizes the positive impact of harnessing the talent and resources of both academia and industry through mutually beneficial partnerships.  The Center for Applied Catalysis was established at Seton Hall in 1997 to assist industrial clients in developing catalytic processes for commercially important reactions.  This work is done by post-doctoral associates working under the supervision of Dr. Robert L. Augustine, executive director, and Dr. Setrak K. Tanielyan, technical director. 

What We Offer  

  • Catalyst evaluation and optimization for selective reactions. 
  • Development of new heterogeneous or homogeneous catalysts. 
  • Feasibility studies and concept evaluation. 
  • The optimization of batch and continuous catalytically promoted processes. 
  • Developing commercial applications for anchored homogeneous catalysts. 
  • Other applications concerned with the use of catalysts in the synthesis of organic compounds 
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Anchored Homogeneous Catalysts 

Procedures have been developed at the Center for anchoring pre-formed homogeneous catalysts onto a variety of supports.  These catalysts are designed to take advantage of the selectivity commonly found with homogeneous catalysts and the ease of separation and re-use associated with heterogeneous catalysts.  In these Anchored Homogeneous Catalysts the catalytically active organometallic species is bound to the support through the metal atom of the complex so there is no need to modify the ligand present on the complex.  Because of this factor, these species are particularly effective as heterogeneous enantioselective catalysts.  Read more » 


Located in the Science and Technology Center, The Center for Applied Catalysis is well equipped to undertake catalyst evaluations and optimization of catalytic reactions as either a batch process or in a continuous mode.  Batch equipment is available to use for reactions run from atmospheric pressure to 1500 psig (100 bar).  These reactors range in size from 40 mL to 500 mL.  These small scale reactors provide an economy of scale important when a large number of reactions are being run.  Read more »

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