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The centers at the Paula M. Trienens Institute for Sustainability and Energy are the heart of the research mission, pursuing discovery science and leading edge energy and sustainability research with the potential for global impact. The Institute’s centers support our broader focus on sustainable cities, the water-energy nexus, and climate mitigation and adaptation.


The Center for Molecular Quantum Transduction (CMQT) develops the fundamental scientific understanding needed to carry out quantum-to-quantum transduction through a bottom-up synthetic approach, which imparts atomistic precision to quantum systems.


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The Center for Catalysis and Surface Science (CCSS) is one of the leading catalysis research centers in the country and is primarily sponsored by the US Department of Energy.

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