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Prof Eli Zysman-Colman

Prof Eli Zysman-Colman

Professor of Optoelectronic Materials

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Eli Zysman-Colman obtained his Ph.D. from McGill University in 2003 under the supervision of Prof. David N. Harpp as an FCAR scholar where he conducting research in physical organic sulfur chemistry.  He then completed two postdoctoral fellowships, one in supramolecular chemistry with Prof. Jay Siegel at the Organic Chemistry Institute, University of Zurich as an FQRNT fellow and the other in inorganic materials chemistry with Prof. Stefan Bernhard at Princeton University as a PCCM fellow.  He joined the department of chemistry at the Université de Sherbrooke in Quebec, Canada as an assistant professor in 2007. In 2013, he moved to the University of St Andrews where he is presently Professor of Optoelectronic Materials and Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry. 


Eli contributes to teaching at both sub-honours and honours classes, through lecturing in CH2501 (12 lecture hours), CH3514 (7 lecture hours), CH4514 (10 lecture hours) and CH5517 (10 lecture hours)

Research areas

Our research program focuses on the rational design of: (I) luminophores for energy-efficient visual displays and flat panel lighting based on organic light emitting diode (OLED) and light-emitting electrochemical cell (LEEC) device architectures; (II) light harvesting dyes for dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) and organic photovoltaics; (III) sensing materials employed in electrochemiluminescence; and (IV) photoredox catalysts for organic reactions. 

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PhD supervision

  • Sen Wu
  • Thomas Comerford
  • Oliver Lee
  • Stefan Diesing
  • Jiyu Tian
  • Bryony Hockin
  • David Hall
  • Changfeng Si
  • Ettore Crovini
  • Megan Bryden
  • Callum Prentice
  • Peter Brown

Selected publications


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