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Dylan Arias

Postdoctoral Researcher-Chemistry | 303-384-6770
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At the University of California, Berkeley, Dylan studied atmospheric chemistry in the group of Prof. Ron Cohen, where he was first introduced to laser spectroscopy. He continued learning spectroscopy techniques in the group of Prof. Keith Nelson at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and applied these techniques to understand photophysical phenomena in supramolecular nanotubes and gallium arsenide quantum wells. While working in the Center for Excitonics, an Energy Frontier Research Center of the U.S. Department of Energy, he gained a wider appreciation for exciton physics and applications. After graduating in 2013, he went to work at the University of Colorado Boulder (CU) with Prof. Niels Damrauer to study singlet exciton fission in organic semiconductors. While at CU, Dr. Arias collaborated with NREL researchers, leading to a transition to full-time post-doctoral work at NREL, where he is applying the approaches he learned during his previous tenures to understanding excitons and charges in various singlet fission chromophores, carbon nanotubes, and organic/inorganic semiconductors.

Research Interests

  • Exciton energy transfer, electronic coupling, and charge-transfer dynamics
  • Organic and inorganic semiconductor thin-film photophysics
  • Ultrafast spectroscopy, optics, and photonics


Ph.D. Chemistry, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

B.S. Chemistry, University of California, Berkeley

Featured Publications

“Polymorphism influences singlet fission rates in tetracene thin films,” D.H. Arias, J.L. Ryerson, J.D. Cook, N.H. Damrauer, J.C. Johnson, Chemical Science, 2016, 7, 1185.

“Coherent exciton dynamics in supramolecular light-harvesting nanotubes revealed by ultrafast quantum process tomography,” J. Yuen-Zhou, D.H. Arias, D.M. Eisele, C.P. Steiner, K.C. Krich, M.G. Bawendi, K.A. Nelson, A. Aspuru-Guzik, ACS Nano, 2014, 8, 5527.

“Understanding singlet fission via crystal structure and morphology,” D.H. Arias, T.J. Carey, N.H. Damrauer, J.C. Johnson, Singlet Fission Workshop, Lyons, CO, June 2016.

“Exciton multiplication: Understanding singlet fission via crystal structure and morphology,” D.H. Arias, J.L. Ryerson, J.D. Cook, N.H. Damrauer, J.C. Johnson, 25th Inter-American Photochemical Society Meeting, Santiago, Chile, May 2016.

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