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Kenan Gundogdu


Professor Gundogdu received his PhD in 2004 from the University of Iowa. Then he continued his postdoctoral studies at the University of Iowa between 2004-06 and at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology between 2006-08. He recently joined the physics faculty at North Carolina State University.

During his PhD work, he used ultrafast spectroscopic techniques to study electron and hole spin dynamics in quantum dots and narrow band gap semiconductor heterostructures with the motivation of developing spin based electronic devices. In his postdoctoral studies, he developed novel spatio-temporal pulse shaping methods for IR and optical 2D Fourier transform spectroscopy, the optical analogue of multi-dimensional NMR experiments. He performed these experiments to study electron dynamics in condensed matter systems and vibrational dynamics in biomolecules and hydrogen bonding complexes.

Research Description

His research at NC State involves developing novel ultrafast spectroscopic methods to address problems in condensed matter physics and nanoscience. His program especially focused on the investigation and characterization of coherent and incoherent exciton dynamics that play a critical role in determining the energy conversion efficiency in photovoltaic devices. His ultimate goal is to provide clear understanding of photon absorption, exciton transport, and charge separation dynamics in novel nanostructures to help engineering high efficiency solar energy conversion devices.


Complete list of publications

Honors and Awards

  • Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Award

Selected Publications

Dense Electron–Hole Plasma Formation and Ultralong Charge Lifetime in Monolayer MoS2 via Material Tuning
AW Bataller, RA Younts, A Rustagi, Y Yu, H Ardekani, A Kemper, L Cao, ... K Gundogdu
Nano letters, 19 (2), (2019), 1104-1111

Every Atom Counts: Elucidating the Fundamental Impact of Structural Change in Conjugated Polymers for Organic Photovoltaics
CK Lo, BR Gautam, P Selter, Z Zheng, SD Oosterhout, I Constantinou, ... K Gundogdu, J Reynolds
Chemistry of Materials, 30 (9), (2018), 2995-3009

Efficient Charge Transfer and Fine-Tuned Energy Level Alignment in a THF-Processed Fullerene-Free Organic Solar Cell with 11.3% Efficiency.
Z. Zheng, O.M Awartani, B. Gautam, D. Liu, Y. Qin, W. Li, A. Bataller, K. Gundogdu, H. Ade, J. Hou
Advanced Materials, 29, (2017), 1604241

Efficient Generation of Long-Lived Triplet Excitons in 2D Hybrid Perovskite
R. Younts, H.S. Duan, B. Gautam, B. Saparov, J. Liu, C. Mongin, F.N. Castellano, D.B. Mitzi, K. Gundogdu
Advanced Materials, 29, (2017), 1604278

Fundamental limits of exciton-exciton annihilation for light emission in transition metal dichalcogenide monolayers
Y. Yu, Y. Yu, C. Xu, A. Barrette, K. Gundogdu, L. Cao
Physical Review B, 93, (2016), 201111

A femtosecond study of the anomaly in electron injection for dye-sensitized solar cells: the influence of isomerization employing Ru (II) sensitizers with anthracene and phenanthrene ancillary ligands
H. Cheema, R. Younts, L. Ogbose, B. Gautam, K. Gundogdu, A. El-Shafei
Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics, 17, (2015), 2750-2756

Exciton valley relaxation in a single layer of WS 2 measured by ultrafast spectroscopy
C. Mai, Y. G. Semenov, A. Barrette, Y. Yu, Z. Jin, L. Cao, K. W. Kim, K. Gundogdu
Physical Review B, 90, (2014), 041414

Many-body effects in valleytronics: Direct measurement of valley lifetimes in single-layer MoS2
C. Mai, A. Barrette, Y. Yu, Y. G. Semenov, K. W. Kim, L. Cao, K. Gundogdu
Nano letters, 14, (2013), 202-206

Measurement and control of in-plane surface chemistry during the oxidation of H-Terminated (111) Si
Bilal Gokce, Eric J. Adles, David E. Aspnes, Kenan Gundogdu
PNAS, 107, (2010), 17503–17508

Two-Quantum 2D FT Electronic Spectroscopy of Biexcitons in GaAs Quantum Wells
Stone KW, Gundogdu K, Turner DB, et al.
Science, 324, (2009), 1169-1173

Two-Quantum 2D FT Electronic Spectroscopy of Biexcitons in GaAs Quantum Wells
Stone KW, Gundogdu K, Turner DB, et al.
Science, 324, (2009), 1169-1173

Efforts toward Developing Probes of Protein Dynamics: Vibrational Dephasing and Relaxation of Carbon-Deuterium Stretching Modes in Deuterated Leucine
Zimmermann J, Gundogdu K, Cremeens ME, et al.
Journal of Physical Chemistry B, 113, (2009), 7991-7994

Multidimensional coherent spectroscopy made easy
Gundogdu K, Stone KW, Turner DB, et al.
Chemical Physics, 341, (2007), 89-94

Relaxation and anharmonic couplings of the O-H stretching vibration of asymmetric strongly hydrogen-bonded complexes
Gundogdu K, Bandaria J, Nydegger M, et al.
Journal of Chemical Physics, 127, (2007), 044501

Vibrational relaxation of C-D stretching vibrations in CDCl3, CDBr3, and CDl(3)
Gundogdu K, Nydegger MW, Bandaria JN, et al.
Journal of Chemical Physics, 125, (2006), 174503

Room-temperature electric-field controlled spin dynamics in (110)InAs quantum wells
Hall KC, Gundogdu K, Hicks JL, et al.
Applied Physics Letters, 86, (2005), 202114

Electron and hole spin dynamics in semiconductor quantum dots
Gundogdu K, Hall KC, Koerperick EJ, et al.
Applied Physics Letters, 86, (2005), 113111

Ultrafast electron capture into p-modulation-doped quantum dots
Gundogdu K, Hall KC, Boggess TF, et al.
Applied Physics Letters, 85, (2004), 4570-4572