Research in Argonne’s Chemical Sciences and Engineering (CSE) division spans many fields and integrates the laboratory’s expertise in basic and applied chemistry. In disciplines ranging from electrical energy storage to fuel cells and electrocatalysis, solar fuels to separations science, Argonne chemists work to revolutionize how we will create, store and use energy in the 21st Century.
The research in CSE is highly interdisciplinary, and scientists in the division work with colleagues in other divisions at the laboratory as well as external partners in the quest to make America’s energy solutions more practical, affordable and sustainable.
Argonne's work in catalysis and energy conversion seeks to connect fundamental and early-stage applied research and development in the areas of catalysis and fuel cells. We couple traditional laboratory experimental techniques with high-throughput/combinatorial experimental techniques to accelerate the development of new materials.
Research in the Solar Energy Conversion Group investigates fundamental mechanisms for solar-to-chemical energy conversion, with a particular focus on investigating mechanisms for coupling ultrafast light-generated excited states to subsequent multi-electron catalytic processes in photosynthetic assemblies that convert photons to fuels.