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The central motivation of our work is to explore the unique electronic, structural, and photonic effects that emerge at the nanoscale to potentially enhance the conversion of light to electrical and chemical energy, the conversion of chemical fuel to electrical energy, and to enhance catalysis and analysis. We explore the effects of slowing light in photonic crystals and disordered media on enhancing solar energy conversion in dye sensitized solar cells and in quantum dot solar cells. We also study the photoelectrochemical behavior of quantum dot assemblies in polyelectrolytes with an interest in the effects of quantum confinement and of the nanoparticle surface on this behavior. In another theme, we are interested in electrocatalysis and sensing at the nanoscale, and study the effects of nanoparticle size, shape, and surface modification on reactivity at metal nanoparticles.