Center for Bio-Inspired Energy Science (CBES)

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Samuel Stupp

Lead Institution

Northwestern University

Year Established



To discover and develop bio-inspired systems that reveal new connections between energy and matter.

Research Topics

catalysis (homogeneous), solar (photovoltaic), bio-inspired, charge transport, mesostructured materials, materials and chemistry by design, synthesis (novel materials), synthesis (self-assembly)

Materials Studied

Materials: semiconductor, polymer, biological (DNA, protein), ionic liquid

Interfaces: organic/semiconductor, organic/organic

Nanostructured Materials: 0D, 1D, 2D, 3D

Experimental and Theoretical Methods

X-ray diffraction and scattering, electron microscopy, scanning probe microscopy, lithography, surface science, molecular dynamics (MD), density functional theory (DFT), monte carlo (MC), quantum mechanics, classical mechanics, continuum modeling, mesoscale modeling, multiscale modeling


Partner Institutions

  • Harvard University
  • New York University
  • Northwestern University
  • Pennsylvania State University
  • University of Michigan
  • University of Pittsburgh

BES Staff Contact

Craig Henderson

Last modified: 10/17/2016 8:08:29 AM