Integrated Catalysis simulates biological systems in the development of synthetic chemical catalytic processes. Simple starting materials should be applied to supply networks of multiple catalysts performing together on a single platform, with the support of temporal and spatial control, to produce new molecules and materials.
Integrated catalysis combines spatial and ephemeral control to permit catalytic processes that allow, for example, the construction of sequence-defined sustainable polymeric materials from simple building blocks. In order to achieve temporary control, switchable catalysts are applied to control polymer composition. Switchable catalysts can be activated or deactivated as required using external motives, such as light or electrochemical potential, facilitating control overactivity or selectivity.