Center for Light Energy Activated Redox Processes (LEAP)

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Michael Wasielewski

Lead Institution

Northwestern University


2009-2020; Known as the Argonne-Northwestern Solar Energy Research Center (ANSER) from 2009 - 2018.


To develop the fundamental scientific understanding needed to use efficient light-driven multi-electron redox processes to power energy-demanding chemistry.

Research Topics

catalysis (homogeneous), catalysis (heterogeneous), solar (photovoltaic), solar (fuels), optics, phonons, photosynthesis (natural and artificial), bio-inspired, hydrogen and fuel cells, charge transport, magnetism and spin physics, materials and chemistry by design, mesostructured materials, synthesis (novel materials), synthesis (self-assembly), synthesis (scalable processing)

Materials Studied

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

Interfaces: organic/inorganic, organic/organic, inorganic/inorganic, liquid/solid, solid/solid

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

Experimental and Theoretical Methods

X-ray diffraction and scattering, X-ray imaging, X-ray spectroscopy, neutron diffraction and scattering, electron microscopy, scanning probe microscopy, near-field microscopy, surface science, ultrafast science, high-throughput screening methods, molecular dynamics (MD), density functional theory (DFT), monte carlo (MC), finite element methods, continuum modeling, mesoscale modeling, multiscale modeling, machine learning 


Partner Institutions

  • Argonne National Laboratory
  • Northwestern University
  • Yale University

BES Staff Contact

Viviane SchwartzChris Bradley