Professor Michael R. Wasielewski

Clare Hamilton Hall Professor of Chemistry; 
Director, Argonne-Northwestern Solar Energy Research (ANSER) Center; 
Executive Director, Institute for Sustainability and Energy at Northwestern (ISEN)

Northwestern University
2190 Campus Drive
Evanston, IL 60208-3113


Phone: (847) 467-1423

Office: Ryan Hall 1010

Biographical Sketch

Prof. Michael R. Wasielewski received his Bachelor of Science (1971) and Ph.D. (1975) degrees from the University of Chicago. Following his graduate work, he was a postdoctoral fellow at Columbia University. He then moved to the Argonne National Laboratory, where he rose through the ranks to become Senior Scientist and Group Leader of the Molecular Photonics Group.  In 1994, he joined the faculty of Northwestern University, where he is currently the Clare Hamilton Hall Professor of Chemistry. He served as Chair of the Chemistry Department at Northwestern from 2001-2004. He is also the Director of the Argonne-Northwestern Solar Energy Research (ANSER) Center, and holds an appointment as Senior Scientist in the Materials Science Division at Argonne.  Prof. Wasielewski's research centers on light-driven charge transfer and transport in molecules and materials, photosynthesis, nanoscale materials for solar energy conversion, spin dynamics of multi-spin molecules, molecular materials for optoelectronics and spintronics, and time-resolved optical and electron paramagnetic resonance spectroscopy. In 2013, he also became the executive director of the Institute for Sustainability and Energy at Northwestern (ISEN).

His research has resulted in over 500 publications. Prof. Wasielewski was elected a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 1995, and has held numerous distinguished lectureships and fellowships. Among Prof. Wasielewski’s recent awards are the Arthur C. Cope Scholar Award, American Chemical Society in 2012, Humboldt Research Award (Alexander von Humboldt Foundation) in 2013, and Royal Society of Chemistry Environment Award in 2013. Also, the 2008 Porter Medal for Photochemistry, the 2006 James Flack Norris Award in Physical Organic Chemistry of the American Chemical Society, the 2004 Photochemistry Research Award of the Inter-American Photochemical Society.