Research

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.




Electrocatalysis 


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





Photoelectrocatalysis 


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 ...read more








Scanning Electrochemical Microscopy (SECM) 


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