Melissa Gish

Melissa Gish

Postdoctoral Researcher-Chemistry

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Melissa Gish received her Bachelor of Science in chemistry from the University of Southern California in 2011, where she did undergraduate research studying the nuclear spin dynamics of isolated water molecules with Professor Andrey Vilesov. She continued on her scientific path to earn a doctorate in physical chemistry at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill under the direction of Professor John Papanikolas. As part of its Energy Frontier Research Center (Center for Solar Fuels), her work focused on the ultrafast photophysical dynamics of dye-sensitized photoelectrosynthesis cells as well as improving the Papanikolas lab’s home-built ultrafast transient absorption systems. After her graduate studies, Gish moved to the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, where she is a postdoctoral researcher under the mentorship of Justin Johnson. In her current role, she studies the ultrafast behavior of singlet fission molecules at interfaces and works on improving the ultrafast spectroscopic capabilities available at NREL. For additional information, see Melissa Gish's LinkedIn profile

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Research Interests

Ultrafast photophysical dynamics

Singlet fission solar cells

Charge transfer kinetics


Ph.D., Physical Chemistry, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

B.S., Chemistry, University of Southern California

Professional Experience

Integration and Outreach Officer, Postdoc and Graduate Student Network, NREL (2020–Present)

Pride Coordinator, Full Spectrum Network, NREL (2019–present) 

Interface Dynamics Team Coordinator, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Energy Frontier Research Center: Center for Solar Fuels (2014–2018)

Featured Work

Hydrogen Bonding Optimizes Singlet Fission in Carboxylic Acid Functionalized Anthradithiophene FilmsChemPhotoChem (2020)

Emerging Design Principles for Enhanced Solar Energy Utilization With Singlet Fission,  J. Phys. Chem. C (2019)

Ultrafast Recombination Dynamics in Dye-Sensitized SnO2/TiO2 Core/Shell Films,  J. Phys. Chem. Lett. (2016)

Role of Structure in Ultrafast Charge Separation and Recombination in Naphthalene Diimide End-Capped Thiophene Oligomers,  J. Phys. Chem. C. (2018)

Molecular Chromophore-Catalyst Assemblies for Solar Fuel Applications, Chem. Rev. (2015)