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 was 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

  1. Subeesh Madayanad Suresh, Le Zhang, David Hall, Changfeng Si, Gaetano Ricci, Tomas Matulaitis, Alexandra M. Z. Slawin, Stuart Warriner, Yoann Olivier, Ifor D. Samuel* and Eli Zysman-Colman* A Deep Blue Heteroatom Doped Nonacene That Exhibits Multi-Resonant Thermally Activated Delayed Fluorescence and its Use as an Emitter in High-Performance Deep Blue Organic Light-Emitting Diodes, Angew. Chemie. Int. Ed., 2023, e202215522.
  2. Tao Wang, Abhishek Kumar Gupta, Sen Wu, Alexandra M. Z. Slawin and Eli Zysman-Colman* Conjugation-Modulated Excitonic Coupling Brightens Multiple Triplet Excited States, J. Amer. Chem. Soc., 2022, 145, 1945–1954.
  3. Sen Wu, Abhishek Kumar Gupta, Kou Yoshida, Junyi Gong, David Hall, David B. Cordes, Alexandra M. Z. Slawin, Ifor D. W. Samuel* and Eli Zysman-Colman*, Highly Efficient Green & Red Narrowband Emissive Organic Light-Emitting Diodes Employing Multi-Resonant Thermally Activated Delayed Fluorescence Emitters, Angew. Chemie Int. Ed., 2022, e202213697.
  4. Tao Wang, Joydip De, Sen Wu, Abhishek Kumar Gupta and Eli Zysman-Colman* Thermally activated and aggregation-regulated excitonic coupling enable emissive high-lying triplet excitons, Angew. Chemie. Int. Ed., 2022, e202206681.
  5. Dianming Sun*, Eimantas Duda, Xiaochun Fan, Rishabh Saxena, Ming Zhang, Sergey Bagnich, Xiaohong Zhang*, Anna Köhler* and Eli Zysman-Colman*, Thermally Activated Delayed Fluorescent Dendrimers that Underpin High-efficiency Host-Free Solution-Processed Organic Light Emitting Diodes, Adv. Mater., 2022, 34, 2270175.