About ASU LightWorks

ASU LightWorks envisions a resilient and equitable energy future supported by innovations in technology, policy, law and markets.  We pursue breakthroughs not just to power the world, but to empower it; to enrich people’s lives everywhere; to enlighten communities across the globe; to achieve energy security; to secure energy justice and to inspire future generations.

LightWorks pulls light-inspired research at Arizona State University under one strategic framework. It is a multidisciplinary effort to leverage ASU’s unique strengths, particularly in solar-electric energy, sustainable fuels and products, and energy and society.

Our vision

ASU LightWorks envisions a resilient and equitable energy future supported by innovations in technology, policy, law and markets.  We pursue breakthroughs not just to power the world, but to empower it; to enrich people’s lives everywhere; to enlighten communities across the globe; to achieve energy security; to secure energy justice and to inspire future generations.

Our Mission

ASU LightWorks revolutionizes how energy is conceptualized, produced and used. We support the discovery and design of energy systems that convert sunlight into useful and sustainable products.  We encourage research, development, and education that critically engage the social, historical and cultural dimensions of evolving energy systems as well as the ecological contexts in which they operate.

A Word From Our Director

“Through integrated interdisciplinary efforts and cross-functional systems we are beginning to harness the energy of light with enough precision to transform it into a powerful tool capable of solving urgent problems affecting our planet and ourselves.

Arizona State University, one of the nation’s largest universities, has the ideal geographical location to become the light innovation capital of the world. ASU has been a pioneer in solar research for the past four decades, and now it is bringing a set of much broader emerging technologies together in an initiative called LightWorks.”

Gary Dirks Director, ASU LightWorks

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