The XYZ Lab at Columbia University

Light-matter interaction, solar energy conversion, ultrafast spectroscopy

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Research highlights

A main research thrust in the XYZ lab is to establish new photophysical mechanisms that may be utilized to revolutionize solar energy conversion or light emission. As examples, recent discoveries in our lab showed how an electron and a hole is bound by the Coulomb potential across an organic semiconductor interface, how one can extract hot electrons from a photoexcited quantum dot, and how an exciton can split into two via the singlet fission process.


Charge transfer excitons at organic semiconductor surfaces & interfaces

Nature Mater. 12, 66 (2013).

Phys. Rev. Lett. 101, 196403 (2008).


Quantum coherent mechanism in singlet fission

Nature Chem. 4 , 840 (2012).

Science 334, 1541 (2011).


Hot electron relaxation and transfer in semiconductor quantum dots

Nano Lett. 13 , 6091 (2013).

Nano Lett. 12 , 1588 (2012).

Science 328, 1543 (2010).


XYZ Lab News

1/2014: We moved into the new state-of-the-art laboratories in NWC.

4-7/2014: Francois de Kerret comes as an exchange student from Ecole Polytechnique in Paris, France

4/2014: Congratulations to Dr. Wesker Lei who successfully defended his PhD thesis.

5/2014: Dr. Haiming Zhu joins the group as a postdoctoral fellow. He comes to us with a PhD in Chemistry from Emory University.

7/2014: Congratulations to Dr. Loren Kaake who joins Simon Fraser University in Canada as an Assistant Professor of Chemistry.

7/2014: Congratulations to Dr. Josh Morris. who joins Georgia Gwinnett College as an Assistant Professor of Chemistry.

9/2014: Congratulations to Dr. Martin Gustafsson whose groundbreaking paper just came out in Science (DOI: 10.1126/science.1257219).

10/2014: Congratulations to Xinjue Zhong, who was awarded the prestigious Rutgers Fellowship for her outstanding performance in graduate studies in physical chemistry.