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The ANSER Center prides itself on the active participation of its undergraduate, graduate, and postdoctoral researchers.
Five Research Organizations, One Team
The ANSER Center was founded in July of 2007 to create a joint research effort at Northwestern University and Argonne National Laboratory with selected groups from Yale University, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and the University of Chicago in the area of solar energy conversion and solar fuels production. In 2009, ANSER received a $19 Million Energy Frontier Research Center (EFRC) grant from the U.S. Department of Energy.
In June 2014, the U.S. Department of Energy renewed ANSER's Energy Frontier Research Center (EFRC) grant at $15.2 million for an additional 4 years. ANSER will continue as a joint research effort at Northwestern University and Argonne National Laboratory with selected groups from Yale University and the University of Chicago.
Together, our four institutions offer a critical mass of world-class researchers, with unique capabilities and facilities in materials synthesis, characterization, and theory. The nature and complexity of these problems requires an integrated systems approach and focused, team-oriented interdisciplinary research with close communication and coordination among team members. read more
The ANSER Center is organized around three basic research thrusts, each dealing with a solar energy conversion chain culminating in a specific end use.
On July 28th, 2014, the Materials Horizons symposium will showcase materials scientists presenting their best materials research. The research showcased will be on a wide variety of cutting-edge topics in line with the ethos and scope of Materials Horizons. Professor Emily Weiss warmly invites you to take part in this event.
ANSER student researcher Tejas Shastry and the Nothwestern myPower team competed in the 2014 Clean Energy Student Challenge. The myPower team was awarded the $75,000 Clean Energy Trust Consumer Favorite Prize for their development of a consumer device that captures and converts the kinetic energy of a user’s daily motion into extra charge for a cell phone.