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Research overview

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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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. 

Teaching activity

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)

Profile Keywords

organic synthesis; organometallic synthesis; photocatalysis; emitter design for electroluminescent devices (OLEDs, LEECs); dye design for solar cells; organic semiconductor development; supramolecular chemistry; photophysics.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy


  • QD Chemistry
  • Light-emitting electrochemical cells
  • organic light-emitting diodes
  • dye sensitized solar cells
  • photoredox catalysis
  • organometallic chemistry
  • supramolecular chemistry
  • synthesis
  • optoelectronic characterization
  • thermally activated delayed fluorescence


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