Catalysis is the key of a wide spectrum of chemical processes, from the academic research lab through the industrial large-scale reactor to the essence of life. Over 90% of all chemicals produced involve catalysts at some stage in the process of manufacturing. Moreover, the discipline of computational chemistry has emerged in the last decades as a perfect partner of experimental laboratory chemistry, having a crucial role on the design, interpretation and prediction of experimental results.
In recent years, many industries, especially pharmaceuticals and petroleum-based ones, have realized the potential of molecular modeling, and have therefore incorporated computational chemists into their research teams.
The training of professionals specializing in sustainable catalysis is a growing demand from the Chemical Industry. The synthesis of new catalysts and the development of better, more efficient and sustainable catalytic processes is becoming a strategic differentiating factor for many companies that want to innovate in their production processes creating more sustainable products, economical and environmentally friendly, thus satisfying the demands of a market increasingly aware and demanding with the origin and nature of the products they consume.