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Energy and Sustainability

ASU researchers are world leaders in photosynthesis research and in the development of molecular solutions for energy capture, storage and conversion. We build bio-inspired systems that use light to synthesize ATP and split water, and study catalysts that generate clean fuels.  We develop novel materials for battery, fuel cell and energy production technologies, and even study energy flow in geologic and biologic systems that do not rely on photosynthesis. 

Faculty

James Allen
Professor

Protein structure and function, X-Ray crystallography, photosynthesis, bacterial cofactors

Charles Angell
Regents Professor

Liquid structure, transport properties, supercooled liquids, glass transitions, electrolytes and polymers for battery applications

Christina Birkel

Inorganic solid-state chemistry, materials chemistry, non-conventional synthesis methods, microwave chemistry, inorganic solids, structure of solids, X-ray diffraction, two-dimensional materials, hybrid materials, surface chemistry, magnetism, catalysis

Daniel Buttry
Professor

Battery and fuel cell materials, Electrochemistry, Corrosion, Interfacial chemistry

Andrew Chizmeshya
Associate Professor

Computational Solid State Chemistry, Semiconductor Simulation, Vibrational and Optical Properties of Solids, Physisorption, Carbon Sequestration

Petra Fromme
Regents Professor, Paul V. Galvin Professor

Structural biochemistry and biophysics, membrane proteins, X-Ray crystallography, photosynthesis, molecular biology

Giovanna Ghirlanda
Professor

De-novo protein design and engineering, enzyme mechanisms, protein structure

Ian Gould
President's Professor and Associate Director

Photochemistry, mechanistic organic chemistry, organic geochemistry

Hilairy Hartnett
Associate Professor

Aqueous Geochemistry, Biogeochemistry, Oceanography, Carbon Cycle Research, Environmental Chemistry

Anne Jones
Associate Professor

Bioinorganic chemistry, electrochemistry, hydrogenases, de novo protein design and engineering, redox enzyme mechanisms, alternative energy generation

Yan Liu
Associate Professor

Nanoparticles synthesis and functionalization DNA directed self-assembly Multi-component complex structure

Yuval Mazor
Assistant Professor

Photosynthesis, membrane proteins, genetics, structural biology

Ana Moore
Regents Professor

Synthetic organic chemistry, carotenoids, photosynthesis, photochemistry

Gary Moore
Assistant Professor

Organic chemistry, materials chemistry, solar energy transduction, photocatalysis, molecular electronics, chemical sensing, proton coupled electron transfer

Thomas Moore
Regents Professor

Photosynthesis, protonmotive force, proton and electron transfer, photochemistry, photobiology, bioenergy, biocatalysis, sustainable energy, dye sensitized semiconductors

Vladimiro Mujica
Professor

Theoretical chemistry, nanoscience, electron transfer, molecular conductance, nanomagnetism, chirality

Kevin Redding
Professor

Photosynthetic electron transfer, protein-cofactor interactions, membrane protein degradation, re-engineering photosynthesis for energy and bioremediation

Scott Sayres

Ultrafast Lasers, Electron Dynamics, XUV Spectroscopy, Molecular Clusters

Don Seo
Professor

Inorganic solids, sustainable materials chemistry, porous materials, hierarchical nanostructures, hybrid materials, exploration of new synthetic methods, energy production, water purification, environmental remediations

Everett Shock
Professor

Biogeochemistry, Thermodynamic Modeling, Microbial Processes, Analytical Methods

Timothy Steimle
Professor

Ultra-high resolution spectroscopy, molecular beams, transition metal complexes, laser spectroscopy, computational chemistry

Ryan Trovitch
Assistant Professor

Organometallic and Inorganic Chemistry, Homogeneous Catalysis, Small Molecule Activation, Green Chemistry, Reaction Mechanisms, Organic Synthesis

Rebekka Wachter
Professor

Protein post-translational modifications, Macromolecular X-ray crystallography, Protein-based chromophores, Enzyme mechanisms

Neal Woodbury
Professor and Director

Photosynthesis, biophysics, DNA/protein complexes, nucleosomes, optically directed molecular evolution

Hao Yan
Milton D. Glick Distinguished Professor

Design and assembly of biologically inspired nanomaterials, DNA nanostructures, nanoelectronics, biomolecular imaging