The overall goal of the Leonard laboratory is to reduce human-kind’s impact on the environment by developing new catalysts to improve the efficiency of and reduce emissions associated with the production of fuels and chemicals.

Our specific focus areas are:


An electrocatalyst is a material which is used to catalyze an electrochemical reaction (i.e., an electron transfer oxidation or reduction reaction) more


Nanomaterials have unique properties not found in conventional materials, and are able to increase the rates and selectivities of electrochemical reactions more

Scanning Electrochemical Microscopy (SECM) 

The Leonard group utilizes scanning electrochemical microscopy (SECM) in the development and characterization of electrocatalysts and photoelectrocatalysts more