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Eli Zysman-Colman, PhD
EaStCHEM Research Fellow

PhD (McGill University)
BSc (McGill University)

Eli Zysman-Colman was born in April of 1975 in Montreal, Quebec. He received his BSc in physics from McGill University in 1998.  He switched to the chemistry department at McGill where he completed his doctorate under the supervision of David N. Harpp. There he studied the physical properties and isomeric relationships of polychalcogens: Notably dialkoxy disulfides, thionosulfites and polysulfides. After obtaining his PhD  in 2004, Eli started as a FQRNT postdoctoral fellow at the Organisch-chemisches Institut at the Universität Zürich in Zürich, Switzerland with Jay S. Siegel. The primary focus of his work there was the total synthesis of a molecular trefoil knot. Eli then moved to Princeton University in 2006 to work with Stefan Bernhard in the chemistry department as a PCCM fellow. While at Princeton, Eli worked on improving the design of light emitting electrochemical cells (LEECs) through ligand modification about iridium complexes. Eli began as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemistry at the Université de Sherbrooke in July, 2007. In 2013 Eli moved his research group to the School of Chemistry at the University of St Andrews where he is presently an EaStCHEM Research Fellow. His research program focuses on finding solutions to energy conversion: 1) better luminophoric materials for solid state lighting (OLEDs and LEECs); 2) improved dye design for solar cells (DSSCs); 3) new organic transformations through green synthesis using photoredox catalysis. Outside the Lab, Eli enjoys cooking, hiking, playing cards and photography and he has a guilty pleasure for reality TV.
Professional Experience

July 2013 - present. EaStCHEM Research Fellow, University of St Andrews
Research in organometallic optoelectronic materials

July 2007 - June 2013. Assistant Professor, Université de Sherbrooke
Research in organic, materials and supramolecular chemistry

May 2006 - May 2007. Princeton Center for Complex Materials Postdoctoral Fellow, Princeton
Inorganic and materials chemistry with Stefan Bernhard. Synthesized novel homoleptic and heteroleptic iridium complexes as luminophores for visual display applications

February 2004 - March 2006. FQRNT Postdoctoral Fellow, Organic Chemistry Institute, University of Zurich
Organic and supramolecular chemistry with Jay S Siegel. Accomplished the total synthesis of a D3-symmetric knotted structure possessing the trefoil knot topology. Contributed to the synthesis and photophysical study of a family of (poly)aryl(poly)pyridines


Education

January 1999 - December 2003. PhD, McGill University
Organic chemistry with David N. Harpp. Synthesized and investigated the unusual physical properties of a highly chalcogenated class of compounds, the dialkoxy disulfides (ROSSOR) and their constitutionally isomeric thionosulfites (ROS(S)OR)

September 1994 - June 1998. BSc, McGill University
Obtained my BSc in physics, graduating with great distinction.


Honours and Awards
  • EaStCHEM Research Fellowship (2013-2017)
  • Scientific Reports Editorial Advisory Board (2011-present) [link]
  • PCCM (Princeton Center for Complex Materials) fellowship (2006-2007)
  • FQRNT (fonds québécois de la recherche, la nature et les technologies) fellowship (2004-2006)
  • Graduated with doctorate on the Dean's Honours list (top 10% of PhDs) (2004)
  • FCAR (fonds pour la formation des chercheurs et l'aide à la recherche) doctoral scholarship (2001-2003)
  • FCAR (fonds pour la formation des chercheurs et l'aide à la recherche) masters scholarship (2001-2003)


Invited Seminars and Conferences
  • 2nd Japan-UK Joint Symposium on Coordination Chemistry, Chuo, Japan, September 18-20, 2014
  • RSC Electrochem 2014 Conference, Loughburough, UK, September 7-9, 2014
  • 3rd Dalton Summer School on Electronic Structural Methods in Inorganic Chemistry, Edinburgh, UK, June 20, 2014
  • University of Huddersfield, Huddersfield, UK, June 18, 2014
  • 97th CSC – Vancouver, BC, Canada, June 1-5, 2014
  • University of Durham, Durham, UK, April 30, 2014
  • University of Bangor, Bangor, UK, April 1, 2014
  • Scottish Dalton Meeting, St Andrews, UK, March 19, 2014
  • 23rd Inter-American Photochemical Society winter conference, Sarasota, Fl, USA, January 2-5, 2014
  • Kyushu University, Kyushu, Japan, November 18-23, 2013
  • Université Claude Bernard Lyon 1, Lyon, France, May 27, 2013
  • University of St-Andrews, St-Andrews, UK, May 17, 2013
  • 96th CSC – Quebec City, QC, Canada, May 26-30, 2013)
  • University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, UK, April 25, 2013
  • University of Glasgow, Glasgow, UK, April 23, 2013
  • University of St-Andrews, St-Andrews, UK, April 19, 2013
  • Boston College, Boston, MA, USA, March 19, 2013
  • Chemical Computing Group (CCG), Montreal, QC, November 29, 2012
  • McGill University, Montreal, QC, Canada, October 23, 2012
  • University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, October 4, 2012
  • Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, BC, October 3, 2012
  • University of Victoria, Victoria, BC, October 1, 2012
  • Boston University, Boston, MA, USA, September 10, 2012
  • Northwestern University, Chicago, Il, USA, June 25, 2012
  • 95th Canadian Chemistry Conference and Exhibition, Calgary, Ab, Canada, May 26-30, 2012
  • McMaster University, Hamilton ON, April 12, 2012
  • Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh PA, October 20, 2011
  • Xerox Research Centre of Canada, Toronto ON, September 9, 2011
  • St-Jean Photochimie, St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, QC, September 2, 2011
  • Instituto de Ciencia Molecular of the University of Valencia, Valencia, Spain, July 11, 2011
  • University of Muenster, Muenster, Germany, July 8, 2011
  • University of Groningen, Groningen, The Netherlands, July 1, 2011
  • 94th Canadian Chemistry Conference and Exhibition, Montreal QC, Canada, June 8, 2011
  • Queens University, Kingston ON, Canada, May 6, 2011
  • York University, Toronto ON, Canada, April 21, 2011
  • University of Windsor, Windsor ON, Canada, March 25, 2011
  • University of Guelph, Guelph ON, Canada, March 24, 2011
  • University of Western Ontario, London ON, Canada, March 23, 2011
  • Wilfred Laurier University, Waterloo ON, Canada, March 22, 2011
  • Séminaire de Sherbrooke, Sherbrooke QC, Canada, March 15, 2011
  • Université de Québec à Montréal, Québec QC, Canada, February 25, 2011
  • Université Laval, Québec QC, Canada, February 23, 2011
  • 3rd French-Canadian Workshop in Supramolecular Chemistry - Université de Montréal, Montréal QC, Canada, June 23, 2010
  • Université de Montréal, Montréal QC, Canada, February 18, 2010
  • Juniata College, Huntington, PA, USA, February 15, 2007
  • CUNY – Brooklyn, New York NY, USA, December 8, 2006
  • Université de Sherbrooke, Sherbrooke QC, Canada, April 4, 2006
  • McGill University, Montreal QC, Canada, January 17, 2003
  • Caltech, Pasadena CA, USA, November 26, 2002
  • University of Guelph, Guelph ON, Canada, April 4, 2002


Contributions to Conferences
2014
  • MICRA Ð Huddersfield, UK, (September 10-12, 2014), Development Of Blue Emitters For Light Emitting Electrochemical Cells, E. Zysman-Colman*
  • Organics, Photonics & Electronics Faraday Discussion 174 Ð University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, UK, (September 8-10, 2014), Development Of Blue Emitters For Light Emitting Electrochemical Cells, E. Zysman-Colman*
  • 97th CSC – Vancouver, BC, Canada, (June 1-5, 2014) Electrochemiluminescence of Heterometallic Ruthenium(II)-Iridium(III) Soft Salts. K.N. Swanick, Z. Ding,* M. Sandroni, E. Zysman-Colman*
  • 97th CSC – Vancouver, BC, Canada, (June 1-5, 2014) Development Of Blue Emitters For Light Emitting Electrochemical Cells. E. Zysman-Colman*

2013
  • IDW 2013 – Toronto, On, Canada (Nov 8-10, 2013), Highly Absorptive Iridium(III) Complexes Bearing Ancillary Bis(arylimino)acenaphthenes (Ar-BIANs): Their Potential as Dyes in Dye-Sensitized Solar-Cells (DSSCs). K. Hasan, E. Zysman-Colman*
  • 20th ISPPCC – Traverse City, MI, USE (July 7-11, 2013), Strategies towards the Generation of Highly Luminescent Blue Emitters for Light-Emitting Electrochemical Cells. E. Zysman-Colman*
  • 96th CSC – Quebec City, Qc, Canada (May 26-30, 2013), Mixed Ru-Ir Complex Salts: Structure and Luminescence Behaviour. M. Sandroni, E. Zysman-Colman*
  • 96th CSC – Quebec City, Qc, Canada (May 26-30, 2013), Highly Absorptive Iridium(III) Complexes Bearing Ancillary Bis(arylimino)acenaphthenes (Ar-BIANs): Their Potential as Dyes in Dye-Sensitized Solar-Cells (DSSCs). K. Hasan, E. Zysman-Colman*
  • 96th CSC – Quebec City, Qc, Canada (May 26-30, 2013), Synthesis and Analysis of Luminescent Iridium(III) Complexes bearing a Bis(triazole) Ancillary Ligand. L. Donato, P. Abel, E. Zysman-Colman*
  • 4th Georgian Bay International Conference on Bioinorganic Chemistry (CanBIC-4) – Parry Sound, ON, Canada (May 21-25, 2013), Electrochemiluminescence of a Heterometallic Ion Pair. K.N. Swanick, Z. Ding,* M. Sandroni, E. Zysman-Colman*
  • Surface Canada 2013 Conference – London, ON, Canada (May 7-11, 2013), Electrochemiluminescence of a Heterometallic Ion Pair. K.N. Swanick, Z. Ding,* M. Sandroni, E. Zysman-Colman*

2012
  • Center for Advanced Materials and Biomaterials Research Distinguished Lecturer and Research Day – London, ON, Canada (November 13, 2012), Electrogenerated Chemiluminescence of Bright Cationic Iridium(III) Complexes. K.N. Swanick, S. Ladouceur, E. Zysman-Colman,* Z. Ding*
  • 5e Colloque annuel du CQMF – Trois Rivières, QC, Canada (Nov 2, 2012), Heteroorganometallic Dyads and Triads: Triplet Energy Transfers in a [Ir]+-[Pt]-(Zn(II)porphyrin) species. M. Abdelhammed, A. Soliman, E. Zysman-Colman*, P.D. Harvey*
  • 8th Inorganic Chemistry Exchance Conference (ICE) – Victoria, BC, Canada (Aug 16-17, 2012), Blue Ionic Transition Metal Complexes (iTMCs) for Light Emitting Electrochemical Cells (LECs). V. Crivianu-Gaita, E. Zysman-Colman*
  • 17th International Symposium on Bioluminescence and Chemiluminescence (ISBC) – Guelph, On, Canada (May 28-June 2, 2012), Electrogenerated chemiluminescence of iridium(III) complexes. K.N. Swanick, S. Ladouceur, E. Zysman-Colman,* Z. Ding*
  • 5th French-Canadian supramolecular workshop – Calgary, AB, Canada (May 31, 2012), Synthesis and Analysis of Luminescent Dinuclear Iridium Complexes. L. Donato, E. Zysman-Colman*
  • 95th CSC – Calgary, AB, Canada (May 26-30, 2012), Synthesis, Photophysical and Metallochromism Studies of Anionic Ir(III) Complexes with Aryltriazole Ligands. C. Tourbillon, E. Zysman-Colman*
  • 95th CSC – Calgary, Ab, Canada (May 26-30, 2012), Synthesis and Analysis of Luminescent Dinuclear Iridium Complexes. L. Donato, E. Zysman-Colman*

2011
  • 4e Colloque annuel du CQMF – Québec City, QC, Canada (November 3, 2011), Hybrid Charged Heterometallic Pt Ir Complexes. A. Soliman, P.D. Harvey*, E. Zysman-Colman*
  • 4e Colloque annuel du CQMF – Québec City, QC, Canada (November 3, 2011), The Determination of the Role and Properties of 1,2,3-triazoles as Pyridine Mimics. Incorporation into Phophorescent Iridium(III) Complexes. S. Ladouceur, D. Fortin, E. Zysman-Colman*
  • 4e Colloque annuel du CQMF – Québec City, QC, Canada (November 3, 2011), Streamlined design of materials with improved properties. E. Levert,F. Porzio, E. Zysman-Colman*, A. Soldera*
  • 13th International Conference on Ferroelectric Liquid Crystals, Niagara Falls ON, Canada, (Sept. 1, 2011), Streamlined design of materials with improved properties. E. Levert, F. Porzio, E. Zysman-Colman*, A. Soldera*
  • SCSS 2011, Montreal QC, Canada, (June 10, 2011), Progress Towards Bis(hemicage)s Bearing a [3.3.3](1,3,5)cyclophane Scaffold. G. St.-Pierre, S. Ladouceur, D. Fortin, E. Zysman-Colman*
  • SCSS 2011, Montreal QC, Canada, (June 10, 2011), The determination of the role and properties of 1,2,3-triazoles as pyridine mimics. Incorporation into phosphorescent Iridium (III) complexes. S. Ladouceur, D. Fortin, E. Zysman-Colman*
  • SCSS 2011, Montreal QC, Canada, (June 10, 2011), Discovering new Pt, Ir organometallic complexes and their applications in OLEDs. A. Soliman, P.D. Harvey*, E. Zysman-Colman*
  • 94th Canadian Chemistry Conference and Exhibition, Montreal QC, Canada, (June 8, 2011), Towards a Visible Light Mediated Synthesis of Helicenes. A.C. Hernandez-Perez, S.K. Collins*, S. Ladouceur, E. Zysman-Colman
  • 94th Canadian Chemistry Conference and Exhibition, Montreal QC, Canada, (June 8, 2011), The determination of the role and properties of 1,2,3-triazoles as pyridine mimics. Incorporation into phosphorescent Iridium (III) complexes. S. Ladouceur, D. Fortin, E. Zysman-Colman*
  • 94th Canadian Chemistry Conference and Exhibition, Montreal QC, Canada, (June 8, 2011), Discovering new Pt, Ir organometallic complexes and their applications in OLEDs. A. Soliman, P.D. Harvey*, E. Zysman-Colman*
  • 94th Canadian Chemistry Conference and Exhibition, Montreal QC, Canada, (June 8, 2011), Streamlined design of materials with improved properties. E. Levert, F. Porzio, L. Lamouline, E. Zysman-Colman*, A. Soldera*
  • 79ième Congrès ACFAS, Sherbrooke QC, Canada, (May 10, 2011), Vers la conception rationalisée de matériaux aux propriétés améliorées. E. Levert, L. Lamouline, M.-A. Beaudoin, E. Zysman-Colman*, A. Soldera*
  • 219th Electrochemical Society Meeting – Montreal QC, Canada, (May 1, 2011), Novel Light Emitting Electrochemical Cells based on Iridium (III) ionic Complexes. S. Bayatpour, S. Ladouceur, E. Zysman-Colman*, F. Cicoira, C. Santato*

2010
  • PACIFICHEM – Honolulu HI, USA, (December 18, 2010), Bis(hemicages) as new motifs for chemosensors and molecular logic gates. E. Zysman-Colman*
  • PACIFICHEM – Honolulu HI, USA, (December 16, 2010), Highly phosphorescent homoleptic and heteroleptic iridium complexes based on aryltriazole cyclometallating ligands. E. Zysman-Colman*
  • Physical Organic Mini-Symposium 2010 – Guelph, ON, Canada (November 13, 2010), Organic synthesis and physicochemical characterization of ferroelectric liquid crystals designed for nonlinear optical applications . L. Lamouline, F. Porzio, E. Levert, S. Ladouceur, E. Zysman-Colman* and A. Soldera*
  • Physical Organic Mini-Symposium 2010 – Guelph, ON, Canada (November 13, 2010), Synthesis of Functionalized Iridium(III) Complexes for the Design of New Efficient Materials. S. Ladouceur, D. Fortin, L. Sun, A. Galan, G. Maliaras, E. Zysman-Colman*
  • Physical Organic Mini-Symposium 2010 – Guelph, ON, Canada (November 13, 2010), Streamlined Design of Materials With Improved Properties . E. Levert, F. Porzio, M.-A. Beaudoin, E. Zysman-Colman* and A. Soldera*
  • Physical Organic Mini-Symposium 2010 – Guelph, ON, Canada (November 13, 2010), Hemicages and bis(hemicages) as luminescent chemosensors. G. St-Pierre, S. Ladouceur, D. Fortin, E. Zysman- Colman*
  • Physical Organic Mini-Symposium 2010 – Guelph, ON, Canada (November 13, 2010), Discovering new Pt, Ir organometallic complexes and their applications in OLEDs. A. Soliman, P.D. Harvey*, E. Zysman-Colman*
  • 3e Colloque annuel du CQMF – Orford, QC, Canada (October 7, 2010), La photochimie des complexes de coordination d'iridium(III). E. Zysman-Colman*
  • 3e Colloque annuel du CQMF – Orford, QC, Canada (October 7, 2010), Synthèse organique et caractérisation physisco-chimique de cristaux liquides ferroélectriques conçus pour l’optique non-linéaire. L. Lamouline, F. Porzio, E. Levert, S. Ladouceur, E. Zysman-Colman* and A. Soldera*
  • 3e Colloque annuel du CQMF – Orford, QC, Canada (October 7, 2010), Synthesis of Functionalized Iridium(III) Complexes for the Design of New Efficient Materials. S. Ladouceur, D. Fortin, L. Sun, A. Galan, G. Maliaras, E. Zysman-Colman*
  • 3e Colloque annuel du CQMF – Orford, QC, Canada (October 7, 2010), Vers la conception rationalisée de matériaux aux propriétés améliorées. E. Levert, F. Porzio, M.-A. Beaudoin, E. Zysman-Colman* and A. Soldera*
  • 3e Colloque annuel du CQMF – Orford, QC, Canada (October 7, 2010), Hemicages and bis(hemicages) as luminescent chemosensors. G. St-Pierre, S. Ladouceur, D. Fortin, E. Zysman- Colman*
  • 3e Colloque annuel du CQMF – Orford, QC, Canada (October 7, 2010), Discovering new Pt, Ir organometallic complexes and their applications in OLEDs. A. Soliman, P.D. Harvey*, E. Zysman-Colman*
  • NYSTAR conference – Cornell, NY, USA (June 28, 2010), Improving the performance of Light-Emitting Electrochemical Cells with ionic liquids. L. Sun, A. Galan, S. Ladouceur, E. Zysman-Colman, F. Wise, G. Malliaras*
  • 93rd CSC – Toronto, ON, Canada (June 2, 2010), Design of New Mesogenic Cores for Nonlinear Optical Applications. L. Lamouline, F. Perreault, F. Porzio, E. Zysman-Colman*, A. Soldera*
  • 93rd CSC – Toronto, ON, Canada (June 1, 2010), Bis(Hemicages) as New Motifs for Chemosensors and Molecular Logic Gates. G. St-Pierre, D. Fortin, E. Zysman-Colman*
  • 93rd CSC – Toronto, ON, Canada (May 31, 2010), A New Family of Phosphorescent Heteroleptic Iridium Complexes Based on Aryltriazole Cyclometallating Ligands. S Ladouceur, F. Mathieu, D. Fortin, E. Zysman-Colman*

2009
  • 2e Colloque annuel du CQMF – Montréal, QC, Canada (October 22, 2009), Design of new mesogenic cores for nonlinear optical applications. L. Lamouline, S.H. Drouin, E. Zysman- Colman* and A. Soldera*
  • 2e Colloque annuel du CQMF – Montréal, QC, Canada (October 22, 2009), Le rôle de la substitution sur les ligands de nature 5,5’-diaryl-2,2’-bipyridine (bpy*) et leurs applications pour la fabrication d’OLEDs via des complexes de type [Ir(ppy)2(bpy*)]PF6. S. Ladouceur, D. Fortin, E. Zysman-Colman*
  • 14ème congrès francophones sur les cristaux liquides – Paris, France (September 8, 2009), Le rôle de la substitution sur les ligands de nature 5,5’-diaryl-2,2’-bipyridine (bpy*) et leurs applications pour la fabrication d’OLEDs via des complexes de type [Ir(ppy)2(bpy*)]PF6. A. Soldera*, B. Champagne, E. Zysman-Colman*
  • 92nd CSC – Hamilton, ON, Canada (May 31, 2009), A Strategy for Improved Quantum Yields in Heteroleptic Iridum Complexes Destined as Luminophores in Light-emitting Electrochemical Cells (LEECs). Sébastien Ladouceur, Daniel Fortin, E. Zysman-Colman*

2008
  • 91st CSC – Edmonton, AB, Canada (May 25, 2008), Improved Turn-on Times of Light-emitting Electrochemical Cells. E. Zysman-Colman, J. Slinker, J. Parker, G.G. Malliaras, S. Bernhard*
  • 91st CSC - Edmonton, AB, Canada (May 26, 2008), Towards the Synthesis of a Molecular Trefoil Knot. E. Zysman-Colman, K. Arias, J. Loren, J.S. Siegel*

2007
  • Spring ACS – Chicago, IL, USA (February 28, 2007), Improved Turn-on Times of Light-emitting Electrochemical Cells. E. Zysman-Colman, J. Slinker, J. Parker, G.G. Malliaras, S. Bernhard*
  • Spring ACS – Chicago, IL, USA (February 27, 2007), Towards the Synthesis of a Molecular Trefoil Knot. E. Zysman-Colman, K. Arias, J. Loren, J.S. Siegel*

2005
  • ISNA 11 - St. John’s, NL, Canada (August 14-August 18, 2005), Towards the Synthesis of a Molecular Trefoil Knot. E. Zysman-Colman, K. Arias, J. Loren, J.S. Siegel*

2002
  • POMS 30 - Windsor, ON, Canada (Nov 1-3, 2002), What Happens When You Heat An Alkoxy Disulfide: Understanding The Thermodynamic Properties And Thermal Decomposition Pathway. E. Zysman-Colman, D.N. Harpp*
  • ISOCS XX - Flagstaff, AZ, USA (July 14-July 19, 2002), Facile Synthesis of Aromatic Tri- & Tetrasulfides: A Mechanistic Overview of Their Decomposition with Phosphines. E. Zysman-Colman, D.N. Harpp*
  • ISOCS XX - Flagstaff, Arizona, AZ, USA (July 14-July 19, 2002), The Physical Properties Of Dialkoxydisulfides: Barrier to Rotation and Thermal Decomposition Pathway. E. Zysman-Colman, D.N. Harpp*
  • 85th CSC - Vancouver, BC, Canada (May 31-June 6, 2002), Facile Synthesis of Aromatic Tri- & Tetrasulfides: A Mechanistic Overview of Their Decomposition with Phosphines. E. Zysman-Colman, D.N. Harpp*

2001
  • POMS 29 - Toronto, ON, Canada (Nov 2-4, 2001), Understanding Geometric and Energetic Constrainsts Around the S-S linkage – Dialkoxydisulfides and their branch-bonded thionosulfite isomers. E. Zysman-Colman, N. Nevins, J.P. Snyder, D.N. Harpp*
  • 84th CSC - Montreal, QC, Canada (May 26-30, 2001), Dialkoxydisulfides and Their Branch-Bonded Thionosulfite Isomers: How Well Does Theory Handle the Comparison? E. Zysman-Colman, N. Nevins, J.P. Snyder, D.N. Harpp*
 
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