Professor of Optoelectronic Materials, EaStCHEM School of Chemistry


Eli Zysman-Colman obtained his Ph.D. from McGill University in 2003 under the supervision of Prof. David N. Harpp as an FCAR scholar, 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, the 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 in St Andrews, UK, where he is presently Professor of Optoelectronic Materials, Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry and is the holder of a Royal Society Leverhulme Trust Senior Research Fellowship. His 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) sensing materials employed in electrochemiluminescence; and (III) photocatalyst developing for use in organic reactions.

Selected publications

Rajamalli, P., Rizzi, F., Li, W., Jinks, M.A., Gupta, A.K., Laidlaw, B.A, Samuel, I.D.W., Penfold, T.J., Goldup, S.M. & Zysman-Colman, E. 2021. Using the Mechanical Bond to Tune the Performance of a Thermally Activated Delayed Fluorescence Emitter in Angewandte Chemie International Edition, 2021, 60, 12066-12073.

Madayanad Suresh, S., Duda, E., Hall, D., Yao, Z., Bagnich, S., Slawin, A.M.Z., Bässler, H., Beljonne, D., Buck, M., Olivier, Y., Köhler, A. & Zysman-Colman, E. 2020.  A Deep Blue B, N-Doped Heptacene Emitter That Shows Both Thermally Activated Delayed Fluorescence and Delayed Fluorescence by Triplet Triplet Annihilation in Journal of the American Chemical Society, 142, 6588–6599.

Li, W., Li, Z., Si, C., Wong, M.Y., Jinnai, K., Kumar Gupta, A., Kabe, R., Adachi, C., Huang, W. & Zysman-Colman, E., Samuel, I.D.W.  2020. Organic Long Persistent Luminescence from a Thermally Activated Delayed Fluorescence Compound in Advanced Materials, 2003911.

Pal, A.K., Li, C., Hanan, G.S. & Zysman-Colman, E. 2018. Blue Emissive Cobalt(III) Complexes and Their Use in the Photocatalytic Trifluoromethylation of Polyaromatic Hydrocarbons. In Angewandte Chemie International Edition, 57, 8027.

Pal, A.K., Krotkus, S., Fontani, M., Mackenzie, C.F.R., Cordes, D.B., Slawin, A.M. Z., Samuel, I.D.W. & Zysman-Colman, E.,. 2018. High Efficiency Deep Blue-Emitting Organic Light Emitting Diodes based on Iridium(III) Carbene Complexes, Advanced Materials, 1804231.