Center for Applied Nanoionics

Koziki-Image-2Director: Michael Kozicki

The Center for Applied Nanoionics (CANi) lies at the cutting edge of worldwide research in nanoionic materials and devices. Nanoionics concern materials and devices that rely on ion transport and chemical change at the nanoscale. The center is affiliated with the ASU Nanofab and the Center for Solid State Electronics Research.

Accomplishments of CANi include the generation of several dozen US and foreign patents and the licensing of the Programmable Metallization Cell (PMC) platform to industry at the start of 2012.

Connection One

Connection-One-lab-7544WEBDirector: Sayfe Kiaei

Connection One, a National Science Foundation Industry/University Cooperative Center, is focused on developing the next-generation integrated circuits, systems and sensors to enhance technologies ranging from cellular to environmental and defense applications.

Over the last 10 years, Connection One’s technical and scientific breakthroughs have included integrated radio IC, new technology for digital hearing aids, implantable neuron sensors, nanosensors and ultra-wideband radar.

Power Systems Engineering Research Center

Director: Vijay Vittal

PSERC is a National Science Foundation industry/University Cooperative Research Center (I/UCRC) that addresses the diverse challenges facing the electric power industry and educating the next generation of power engineers.

The Future Grid Initiative, a U.S. Department of Energy project started in 2011, is investigating the requirements for a transformation of the grid to support high penetrations of variable distributed sustainable energy such as wind, solar and hydro resources, along with large central generation sources, energy storage and responsive users equipped with embedded intelligence and automation.

Quantum Energy and Sustainable Solar Technologies

QESST-lab_0789aWEBDirector: Christiana Honsberg

QESST was launched in 2011 with funding from the National Science Foundation and the U.S. Department of Energy. QESST leverages the collaboration of university, industry and government researchers to advance photovoltaic science and technology in order to address one of society’s greatest challenges: transforming electricity generation to sustainably meet the growing demand for energy.

Through a wide range of programs, QESST aims to use sustainable energy as a vehicle to revitalize the popular perception of science and engineering.



solar-electric-340x160_0Director: Gary Dirks

Lightworks is a multidisciplinary effort to leverage ASU’s unique strengths, particularly in renewable energy fields including artificial photosynthesis, biofuels, and next-generation photovoltaics. It fosters cooperation among academia, industry and government to advance innovation, facilitate technology transfer and guide energy education and policy advancement.

The Solar Power Laboratory

Director: Christiana Honsberg

The Solar Power Laboratory, part of the QESST Engineering Research Center, is working to overcome the barriers for existing solar cells reaching theoretical limits, focusing on increasing efficiency and reducing cost. Efforts include development of new cell structures, kerfless silicon substrates, tandem solar cells and nanostructures.

Center for Computational Nanoscience

Directors: Marco Saraniti and Mark van Schilfgaarde

The Center for Computational Nanoscience brings together multidisciplinary work on modeling and simulation of nanoscale systems. Typical projects focus on the development of novel numerical methods and algorithms, as well as applications to the study of phenomena with nanoscale resolution. Of particular relevance for the center is the study of phenomena that originate at the nanoscale, but evolve on much greater time and space domains.

Center for Photonics Innovation

Director: Yong-Hang Zhang

The Center for Photonics Innovation integrates a broad spectrum of research areas, ranging from the fundamental study of photon-matter interactions to practical devices, such as solar cells, lasers, and optical sensors for medical and biological applications. The center’s goal is to seamlessly integrate education and research, while offering a high standard of scholarship as well as opportunities for promoting technology commercialization.

Other centers in LightWorks include:

  • The Center for Bioenergy and Photosynthesis, which pursues transdisciplinary research in the use of biological and artificial systems based on biological principles.
  • The Center for Renewable Energy Electrochemistry, which researches renewable electrochemically-based energy storage and conversion research for improved electrochemical performance through alternative electrolytes, such as ionic liquids as well as new catalysts in non-acid based electrolytes.
  • ASU’s Tubes in the Desert project, which investigates how photosynthetic organisms store energy and ways to develop similar processes that can be utilized in manmade systems.
  • The Laboratory for Algae Research and Biotechnology at the ASU Polytechnic Campus conducts fundamental and applied research on algae for accelerating the transformation of algae to a cost-affordable and sustainable source of fuels and chemicals and for improving the environment through algae-based bioremediation.
  • Cross-disciplinary efforts that address the energy grid infrastructure, supply chain, policy and transition involve participation of many participation of many ASU centers, academic programs, and institutes, including the Decision Theater, Center for Solid State Sciences, Flexible Display Center, Power Systems Engineering Research Center, Photovoltaics Lab, Consortium for Science Policy Outcomes and Arizona Technology Enterprises.


CleanRoom-2010-0005Director: Trevor Thornton

NanoFab is a flexible foundry, offering a wide range of device processing and characterization tools. The 4,000 square foot class-100 cleanroom, state-of-the-art equipment and knowledgeable technical staff provide the facility, equipment and resources for a full range of operations—from the wet world of biosystems and chemistry to the dry world of inorganic materials, as well as hybrid structures in between.

The Sensor, Signal and Information Processing Center

SenSip_AnechoicChamber_0031aWEBDirector: Andreas Spanias

SenSIP is an Industry/University Cooperative Research Center (I/UCRC) in partnership with the Texas Net-Centric I/UCRC. The center’s research encompasses development of a broad array of digital signal processing, imaging and communications algorithms for sensor technologies, including those used in chemical sensors, cell phones and radar and sonar systems.

The Flexible Electronics and Display Center

ECEE-Flex-ElectronicsDirector: Nick Colaneri

The Flexible Electronics and Display Center is a government–industry–academia partnership to advance full-color flexible display technology and foster development of a manufacturing ecosystem to support the rapidly growing market for flexible electronic devices. The center partners include many of the world’s leading providers of advanced display technology, materials and process equipment. The center is unique among the U.S. Army’s university centers, having been formed through a 10-year cooperative agreement with Arizona State University in 2004.

Research Groups and Labs

Apart from research centers, we also have several research groups and labs.