Research in the Hupp Lab is highly interdisciplinary, with students who are majoring in Physical, Inorganic, Materials and Organic Chemistry. Most research projects revolve around a theme of studying materials for alternative energy applications and other environmental issues. Due to the interdisciplinary nature of our research, we have many joint students with other researchers both at Northwestern and at other institutions.

Photovoltaic and Photoelectrochemical Conversion

We study solar energy conversion in the context of dye-sensitized solar cells and heterogeneous solar fuels systems. We investigate new materials for PV and PEC devices.

Metal Organic Frameworks

These materials offer promise for applications in chemical sensors, high density alternative fuel storage, molecular sieving membranes, and catalysis.


Several projects in the Hupp Lab focus on chemical catalysis. Included in these projects is the use of supramolecular porphyrin and salen arrays for the epoxidation of olefins.