Welcome to the REACT Core!

Supported by the Center for Catalysis and Surface Science at Northwestern University

The Reactor Engineering and Catalyst Testing (REACT) Core at Northwestern University is dedicated to aiding students and investigators in the advancement of understanding the chemical propoerties of solid interfaces used for environmental and energy processes. The available instrumentation provides students with the necessary tools for testing the catalytic properties of materials and obtaining insight into reaction mechanisms occurring on surfaces. Our central mission is: We not only train students to use equipment, we teach students how to collect data that answers their research questions. We focus heavily on training students technique and experimental design. We also aim at unveiling the air of mystery that surrounds instrumentation for new graduate students by teaching them about basic components (e.g. mass flow controllers, detectors, switch valves, Swagelok, etc.).

Formerly named CleanCat, REACT was started in the fall of 2012 in the Center for Catalysis and Surface Science (CCSS). Neil Schweitzer was hired as the Operations Director in January 2013. After Neil’s hiring, the facility quickly expanded from a single lab with a reactor system to several labs containing a range of catalyst characterization equipment. Selim Alayoglu joined our staff in March 2018 as our in-situ spectroscopy expert.

On this site, you will find information about our instrumentaion, services, personel, and recent user publications. For more detailed inquiries, please contact Neil Schweitzer (neil.schweitzer@northwestern.edu).