The Kinetics and Catalysis area of the Chemical Engineering Program at COPPE/UFRJ develops fundamental researches applied in catalysis, aiming at the training of highly qualified personnel. In 1991, the Nucleus of Catalysis (NUCAT) was created, supported by FINEP, in order to become a center of excellence in catalysis, rendering services relevant to the national chemical industry as well as support to university groups and national research centers.