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.

To accomplish this goal, we develop new fundamental understandings of electocatalysts and electrocatalytic media, and use that understanding to design new electrocatalytic systems to facilitate renewable chemistry reactions for the benefit of society.

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

Harnessing Data 

Recent advances in computer science and machine learning have the potential to speed up discovery in this field by automating search mechanisms for these vastly complex and data-rich systems 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