Four Research Organizations, One Team

The ANSER Center, founded in 2007, is a joint research effort between Northwestern University and Argonne National Laboratory that works to develop the fundamental understanding of molecules, materials and method necessary to create dramatically more efficient technologies for solar fuels and energy production.  ANSER’s research aligns with the DOE’s Basic Energy Systems research in the fields of solar photochemistry, catalysis, condensed-phase and interfacial molecular science, computational and theoretical chemistry and materials chemistry.

In June 2014, the Department of Energy (DOE) renewed ANSER’s original 2009 Energy Frontier Research Center (EFRC) grant ($19.0 million, 5-years) for an additional $15.2 million, 4-year term.  ANSER is one of 22 (of 46) 2009 EFRCs to be renewed, and among 16% of cumulative 2014 applicants to received funding.

ANSER’s success depends on an integrated systems approach that comes from focused, team-oriented interdisciplinary research with close communication and coordination among members, which include Argonne National Laboratory, the University of Chicago, and Yale University.  These collective institutions offer a critical mass of world-class researchers with unique capabilities and facilities in materials synthesis, characterization, and theory.

Together, ANSER’s team will advance the broad frontier of solar energy science to produce renewable energy with negligible environmental cost.  [Read more]

** ANSER is a portfolio center of the Institute for Sustainability and Energy at Northwestern University (ISEN) **


Research Areas

The ANSER Center is organized around two basic research thrusts, each dealing with a solar energy conversion chain culminating in a specific end use.

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