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Albert Kang

Postdoctoral Researcher-Chemistry | 303-384-6667

Dr. Hyun Suk “Albert” Kang received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Integrated Science Program, Chemistry, and Mathematics and his Master of Science degree in Chemistry from Northwestern University in 2009. He earned his Ph.D. degree in Physical Chemistry from Washington University in St. Louis in 2016, under the supervision of Prof. Dewey Holten. His doctorate research focused on understanding the connection between chemical/electronic structure and photophysical properties/dynamics of strongly coupled tetrapyrrole-based molecular arrays for light harvesting and solar energy conversion. This research was performed by various static and time-resolved absorption/emission spectroscopies and complex data analysis. He joined the Chemistry and Nanoscience Center at NREL in 2017 as a postdoctoral researcher in Jeffrey Blackburn’s Spectroscopy and Photoscience group. He is currently investigating exciton and charge-carrier dynamics of excitonic semiconducting systems, mainly based on single-walled carbon nanotubes.

Research Interests

Exciton and charge-carrier dynamics in excitonic semiconducting materials  

Static and time-resolved spectroscopy of excitonic semiconducting materials

Synthesis and characterization of single-walled carbon nanotubes

Intra- and intermolecular couplings in meso- and nanoscale systems

Solar energy conversion


Ph.D. Chemistry, Washington University in St. Louis

M.S. Chemistry, Northwestern University 

B.A. Integrated Science Program, Chemistry, Mathematics, Northwestern University 

Featured Publications

Amanpour, J.; Hu, G.; Alexy, E.J.; Mandal, A.K.; Kang, H.S.; Yuen, J.M.; Diers, J.R.; Bocian, D.F.; Lindsey, J.S.; Holten, D. (2016). “Tuning the electronic structure and properties of perylene-porphyrin-perylene panchromatic absorbers,” J. Phys. Chem. A (120); pp. 7434–7450.

Kang, H.S.; Esemoto, N.N.; Diers, J.R.; Niedzwiedzki, D.M.; Greco, J.A.; Akhigbe, J.; Yu, Z.; Pancholi, C.; Bhagavathy, G.V.; Nguyen, J.K.; Kirmaier, C.; Birge, R.R.; Ptaszek, M.; Holten, D.; Bocian, D.F. (2016). “Effects of strong electronic coupling in chlorin and bacteriochlorin dyads,” J. Phys. Chem. A (120); pp. 379–395.

Yu, Z.; Pancholi, C.; Bhagavathy, G.V.; Kang, H.S.; Nguyen, J.K.; Ptaszek, M. (2014). “Strongly conjugated hydroporphyrin dyads: Extensive modification of hydroporphyrins properties by expanding the conjugated system,” J. Org. Chem. (79); pp. 7910–7925.