Seth Marder

Seth Marder

Senior Research Fellow


Seth Marder is the director of the Renewable and Sustainable Energy Institute, which is a joint institute between the University of Colorado at Boulder and NREL. He is also a professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering Chemistry, a fellow of the Materials Science and Engineering Program at the University of Colorado Boulder, and a senior research fellow at NREL.

Research Interests

Design, synthesis, and evaluation of polymeric, organic, and organometallic materials for both second-and-third-order nonlinear optical studies and applications

Design of materials for organic light emitting diodes, organic field effect transistors, organic photovoltaics, and dye sensitized solar cell applications

Design and synthesis of infrared absorbing dyes for electronics, photonics, and biological applications

Design and synthesis of electron transfer active molecules

Examination of the photophysical properties of donor-acceptor compounds with extended conjugation

Design and applications of dyes with two-photon and multi-photon absorption

Development of surface modifiers for electronic, thermoelectric, and encapsulation applications

Thermochemical nanolithography


B.A., Chemistry, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Ph.D., Chemistry, University of Wisconsin at Madison

Associations and Memberships

Co-Founder, Arizona Microsystems LLC

Co-Founder, Focal Point LLC

Co-Founder, LumoFlex LLC

Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science

Fellow, American Physical Society

Fellow, Materials Research Society

Fellow, National Academy of Inventors

Fellow, Optical Society of America

Fellow, Royal Society of Chemistry

Fellow, Society of Photographic Instrumentation Engineers

Member, World Cultural Council

Featured Work

Humidity Sensing through Reversible Isomerization of a Covalent Organic Framework, Journal of the American Chemical Society (2020)

New Mechanistic Insights into the Formation of Imine-Linked Two-Dimensional Covalent Organic Frameworks, Journal of the American Chemical Society (2020)

Rapid Synthesis of High Surface Area Imine-Linked 2D Covalent Organic Frameworks by Avoiding Pore Collapse During Isolation, Advanced Materials (2020)

Beating the thermodynamic limit with photo-activation of n-doping in organic semiconductors, Nature Materials (2017)

n-Doping of Organic Electronic Materials using Air-Stable Organometallics, Advanced Materials (2012)

Design of Polymethine Dyes with Large Third-Order Optical Nonlinearities and Loss Figures of Merit, Science (2010)

An Efficient Two-Photon-Generated Photoacid Applied to Positive-Tone 3D Microfabrication, Science (2002)

Two-Photon Polymerization Initiators for Three-Dimensional Optical Data Storage and Microfabrication, Nature (1999)

Design of Organic Molecules with Large Two-Photon Absorption Cross Sections, Science (1998)


Two-Photon or Higher-Order Absorbing Optical Materials and Methods of Use, U.S. Patent No. 6,267,913 (2021)

Devices with Organic Semiconductor Layers electronically-doped over a Controlled Depth U.S. Patent No. 10,763,447 (2020)

N-Doping of Organic Semiconductors by Bis-Metallosandwich compounds, U.S. Patent No. 9,231,219 (2016)

Systems and Methods for Producing Low Work Function Electrodes, U.S. Patent No. 9,076,768 (2015)

Two-Photon or Higher-Order Absorbing Optical Materials and Methods of Use, U.S. Patent No. 8,197,722 (2012)

N-Type Doping of An Electron Transport Material and Methods of Use Thereof, U.S. Patent No. 7,981,328 (2011)

Materials, Methods & Uses for Photochemical Generation of Acids and/or Radical Species, U.S. Patent No. 7,459,106 (2008)

Method for Patterning Metal Using Nanoparticle Containing Precursors, U.S. Patent No. 7,252,699 (2007)

Two-Photon or Higher-Order Absorbing Optical Materials for Generation of Reactive Species, U.S. Patent No. 6,608,228 (2003)

Awards and Honors

Georgia Power Chair in Energy Efficiency (2010–2021)

Humboldt Research Award (2018)

Class of 1934 Distinguished Professor Award, Georgia Tech (2018)

Materials Research Society Mid-Career Award (2015)

Outstanding Faculty Research Author Award, Georgia Tech (2014)

Arthur C. Cope Scholar Award (2011)

Elected Co-Vice Chair of 2012 Gordon Research Conference of Electronic Processes in the Organic Solid State and Co-Chair of 2014 Conference (2010)

Georgia Tech, Outstanding Award in Research Program Development (2009)