REALCAT catalyst for progress

REALCAT consists of a high-throughput platform, unique in the world, devoted to innovation in heterogeneous, homogeneous catalysis and bio-catalysis as well as their combination under the ultra-efficient novel concept of “hybrid catalysis”. This integrated combination of skills and technologies enables high-level R&D catalysis development programs on hot topics including environmental and economic issues. The versatility of the platform also offers the possibility to run projects in the field of materials development.

Our only limit : your imagination !

With its extraordinary potential, REALCAT stands as a leading stakeholder in all the domains related to catalysis such as environment, energy, health or nutrition. Irrespective of your project, REALCAT is open to external users, including academic and/or industrials. The flexible platform is open to research collaborations or for provisions of services, with respective staggered access fees under a secured and confidential environment. The only limitation of this fantastic tool is your imagination.

Hybrid Catalysis : A major innovation in the field of catalysis

One of the major fundamental scientific projects underlying the REALCAT creation consists in the development of a new scientific field called « hybrid catalysis ». This concept comprises the one-pot coupling of biotechnological catalytic systems with chemical catalysts to take advantages from both technologies. The combination of bio- and chemo-catalysis offers new perspectives for reaching outstanding performances in the frame of an eco-friendly design.

Advanced High-Throughput Technologies Platform for Biorefineries Catalysts Design

REALCAT enables the development of next generation catalysts through the operation of an exceptional set of equipment by a multidisciplinary professional team.

Located in the heart of the Lille university, Realcat is supported by three high impact laboratories strongly implied in the development of the new sustainable bioeconomy.

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The REALCAT platform is benefiting from a Governmental subvention administrated by the French National Research Agency (ANR) within the frame of the ‘Future Investments’ program (PIA), with the contractual reference ‘ANR-11-EQPX-0037’. The Hauts-de-France Region and the FEDER as well as the Centrale Innovation Fondation are thanked for their financial contribution to the acquisition of the equipment of the platform.