Research

The Wasielewski Group’s research centers on light-driven charge transfer and transport in molecules and materials, photosynthesis, nanoscale materials for solar energy conversion, spin dynamics of multi-spin molecules, molecular materials for optoelectronics and spintronics, and time-resolved optical and electron paramagnetic resonance spectroscopy.
Artificial Photosynthesis: Solar Fuels

Artificial photosynthetic systems for practical solar fuels production must integrate the functions of light harvesting, charge separation, and catalysis, with water as the source of electrons for reductive fuel-forming chemistry.

Catalysts for other energy-demanding redox reactions require high-energy reducing or oxidizing equivalents with potentials beyond those achievable with current chromophores.

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Artificial Photosynthesis: Solar Electricity

Producing electricity directly from sun light using organic photovoltaics (OPVs) is an important step away from fossil fuel energy sources.

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Molecular Electronics

Designing molecular systems for molecular electronics or for solar energy conversion that are capable of moving charge efficiently over long distances through molecular bridges requires a fundamental understanding of electron transport in donor-bridge-acceptor (D-B-A) systems.

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Quantum Information Science

Photogenerated molecular excited states and electron transfer reactions are playing an increasingly important role in the development of systems for quantum information science.

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The Wasielewski Group
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2190 Campus Dr., Ryan Hall, Room 1010
Evanston, IL 60208
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