Scientists at the catalysis center perform basic research in chemistry and materials science, so we're going for a modern and scientific logo. Much of the research has applications in energy. We normally frame our discussions about this center on catalysis and sustainable materials. But other concepts to think about when designing the logo include: sustainability, energy, molecules, chemical reactions, chemical bonds, green chemistry, environmental footprint.
The Catalysis Center is a partner center of the Institute for Sustainability and Energy at Northwestern (ISEN). Ideally, we'd like the Catalysis logo to work well if we display it next to the ISEN logo (see attached), and if possible, the logos of our other partner centers (ANSER and SOFI, also attached). Lastly, if possible, we'd like to get the Catalysis logo in two different aspect ratios - one horizontal, and one more square (see the two different ISEN logos). Current Catalysis center logo is attached, as well.
To read more about the catalysis center and how we discuss the work, please see ISEN's 2015 prospectus: