About Us

EPN is an Energy Frontier Research Center (EFRC) funded by the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Science under Award Number DE-SC0023431. EPN strives to advance the frontiers of discovery and fundamental, interdisciplinary knowledge in photochemical energy conversion, thereby helping to train the next generation of diverse scientists and engineers who will positively impact our planet. Moreover, due to EPN’s use-inspired motivation, outcomes of the basic science will be transformative, providing critical details to inform a route to meeting the DOE Hydrogen Shot cost target.

EPN consists of 17 senior investigators across 9 universities and 3 U.S. national laboratories. It consists of experts from distinct, but convergent, scientific and engineering communities with an extensive track record of collaboration. EPN is led by Professor Shane Ardo at the University of California, Irvine (UCI) with co-investigators from the state of California, the state of Colorado, and the US Northeast.



University of California, Irvine
Shane Ardo
Nien-Hui Ge
Xiaoqing Pan
Joseph Patterson
Jenny Yang

California Institute of Technology
Scott Cushing

California State University Long Beach
Young-Seok Shon

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
Tadashi Ogitsu

Sandia National Laboratories
Albert Talin


Colorado State University
Justin Sambur

Fort Lewis College
Kenneth Miller

National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Katherine Hurst

University of Colorado Boulder
Gordana Dukovic


City University of New York – Medgar Evers College
Oluwaseun Salako

Columbia University
Daniel Esposito

University of Michigan
Rohini Bala Chandran

Yale University
Shu Hu

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