The overall goal of the Leonard laboratory is to reduce human-kind’s impact on the environment by developing new materials and catalysts to improve the efficiency of energy production, storage, and consumption.

Specific focus areas are listed below.


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


Like electrocatalysis, photoelectrocatalysis is used in artificial photosynthesis (or solar fuel) applications. In photoelectrocatalysis a semiconducting material absorbs photons (i.e., light) and creates electron/hole pairs which can be separated to carry out 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