nu-vertical-logoNorthwestern University and Argonne National Laboratory have established the Northwestern-Argonne Institute of Science and Engineering (NAISE) to foster research collaborations in energy, biological and environmental systems, and national security and to provide students with unique educational opportunities.

NAISE expands opportunities for Northwestern undergraduate and graduate students to perform research at Argonne under the joint direction of Argonne researchers and Northwestern professors. It also enables Argonne’s top scientists and engineers to hold faculty appointments at Northwestern.anl-vertical-logo

The new institute builds on current collaborations in fields ranging from solar cell development to high-performance computing. The institute also provides the means for a wide variety of initiatives for researchers and faculty at both institutions, such as scientist exchanges, joint research projects and streamlined access to facilities.


The Institute brings together the strengths of Northwestern University and Argonne National Laboratory.

Argonne facilities include the Advanced Photon Source, that houses the brightest storage ring X-ray beam in the Western Hemisphere, the Leadership Computing Facility, that has one of the world’s fastest computers for open science, and the Center for Nanoscale Materials, that has facilities for interdisciplinary nanoscience and nanotechnology research.

At Northwestern the facilities range from the Life Sciences Collaborative Access Team and the DuPont-Northwestern-Dow Collaborative Access Team beam lines at the APS to the Northwestern University Atomic and Nanoscale Characterization. More information can be found at Northwestern’s Core Facilites website.

Who We Work With

Center for Hierarchical Materials Design

The Center for Hierarchical Material Design (CHiMaD) is a NIST-sponsored center of excellence for advanced materials research. CHiMaD’s focus is on developing the next generation of computational tools, databases and experimental techniques in order to enable the accelerated design of novel materials and their integration to industry. This focus is one of the primary goals of the Obama administration’s Materials Genome Initiative (MGI).

Center for Water Research

The Northwestern Center for Water Research was formed to link the University’s water research efforts in basic sciences, technology development, law and policy, and systems analysis and simulation. The Water Center will enable the Northwestern community to achieve:

  • Fundamental advances in water science, enabling new water technologies and improved prediction of water systems.
  • High-performance discovery, design, and commercialization of materials for water monitoring and processing technologies.
  • Efficient, robust, and durable solutions for water reuse, low-purity water sources, and resource recovery from wastewaters.
  • Integration of theory, data, and models to predict large-scale, long-term outcomes in complex water/energy/food/ecosystems, and enable safe, efficient, and sustainable managment of water.

Institute for Sustainability and Energy at Northwestern (ISEN)

ISEN is a frequent collaborator with NAISE and has been providing education at many levels in the areas of Energy and Sustainability. Beyond lectures, symposia and activities sponsored by ISEN each year, the ISEN web site will be a place where you can find a summary of the many outreach activities offered by a wide array of energy and sustainability departments, programs and centers here at the university. A key component of ISEN’s mission is to encourage, financially support and enlarge the scope of energy and sustainability research at Northwestern by faculty and students.