Argonne-Northwestern Solar Energy Research (ANSER) Center

Director(s): Michael R. Wasielewski

Lead Institution:

Northwestern University


To revolutionize our understanding of molecules, materials and methods necessary to create dramatically more efficient technologies for solar fuels and electricity production.

Research Topics:

catalysis (homogeneous), catalysis (heterogeneous), solar (photovoltaic), solar (fuels), photosynthesis (natural and artificial), bio-inspired, hydrogen and fuel cells, electrodes - solar, defects, charge transport, spin dynamics, membrane, materials and chemistry by design, optics, synthesis (novel materials), synthesis (self-assembly) 

Materials Studied:

MATERIALS: semiconductor, organic semiconductor, wide band-gap semiconductor, oxide, polymer, porous, transparent conductor

INTERFACES: organic/semiconductor, organic/oxide, organic/organic, organic/metal, metal/semiconductor, metal/oxide

NANOSTRUCTURED MATERIALS: 1D, 2D, 3D, nanocomposites

Experimental and Theoretical Methods:

X-ray diffraction and scattering, X-ray spectroscopy, electron microscopy, scanning probe microscopy, near-field scanning optical microscopy, surface science, laser diagnostics, ultrafast physics, molecular dynamics (MD), density functional theory (DFT), monte carlo (MC), quantum mechanics, classical mechanics, continuum modeling, mesoscale modeling, finite element method, multiscale modeling

Map of institutions in EFRC

Partner Institutions:

  • Argonne National Laboratory
  • University of Chicago
  • University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
  • Northwestern University
  • Yale University


BES Staff Contact:

Chris Fecko
Last modified: 7/16/2013 1:56:43 PM