Argonne-Northwestern University Solar Energy Research Center (ANSER)

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Michael Wasielewski

Lead Institution

Northwestern University

Year Established



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), phonons, photosynthesis (natural and artificial), bio-inspired, hydrogen and fuel cells, charge transport, spin dynamics, membrane, optics, mesostructured materials, materials and chemistry by design, synthesis (novel materials), synthesis (self-assembly), synthesis (atomic layer deposition), synthesis (scalable processing)

Materials Studied

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

Interfaces: organic/semiconductor, organic/oxide, organic/organic, organic/metal, metal/semiconductor, metal/oxide, semiconductor/semiconductor, liquid/solid, solid/solid

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

Experimental and Theoretical Methods

X-ray diffraction and scattering, X-ray imaging, X-ray spectroscopy, scanning probe microscopy, near-field scanning optical microscopy, lithography, 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, high-throughput screening methods


Partner Institutions

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

BES Staff Contact

Chris Fecko

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