Mission Statement

The mission of the Center for Chemistry at the Space-Time Limit (CaSTL) is to develop the essential science and technology to probe single chemical events in real space and time.  The tools are designed to unravel elementary steps in chemistry, in heterogeneous and nanocatalysis, and in photophysics.  The ultimate aim is to apply such tools to address grand challenges in chemistry.


  • To integrate scientific expertise, and to provide long-term commitment to high-risk projects that require multi-investigator expertise.
  • To create the next-generation of researchers with cross-disciplinary training.
  • To broadly impact science communities locally and internationally through collaborations and access to CaSTL technologies.
  • To broadly disseminate scientific findings and knowledge through publications, lectures, public talks and electronic media, to the professional community and to the public at large.
  • To develop transformational science through intellectual property and technology transfer.
  • To provide public outreach through a comprehensive outreach and education plan.
  • To broaden the participation of underrepresented minorities and women in the sciences, and in particular in chemistry and physics.