Carlos Silva

Postdoctoral Associate, Cavendish Laboratory, University of Cambridge (1998-2001)

PhD in Chemical Physics, University of Minnesota (1998)

Research Interests

The Silva group is interested in understanding how excited states are created and how they evolve in complex materials of interest in optoelectronics. In order to achieve this understanding, we use advanced optical spectroscopic techniques, both time-resolved using ultrafast laser pulses, as well as quasi-steady-state methods. Our chore research focus centers around photoexcitation dynamics in organic, polymeric, and hybrid organic-inorganic semiconductors. With our ultrafast techniques, we can measure transient photoinduced absorption and luminescence, as well as nonlinear optical response of matter via coherent multidimensional spectroscopy. We are also interested in exploiting the quantum-mechanical nature of light, namely photon entanglement, to study with intricate selectivity how photoexcited states in matter correlate with one another. We are a diverse and multidisciplinary group, composed of students and postdocs with formal training in chemistry, physics, and materials science.

Honors and Awards:
  • Fellow of the American Physical Society (2019)
  • Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (2018)
  • Brockhouse Medal, Canadian Association of Physicists, Division of Condensed Matter and Materials Physics (2016)
  • Université de Montréal University Research Chair (2014-2017)
  • Herzberg Medal, Canadian Association of Physicists (2010)
  • Canada Research Chair, Natural Science and Engineering Research Council of Canada (2005-2015)
  • Advanced Research Fellowship, Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, United Kingdom (2001-2005)
  • Nonstipendiary Research Fellowship, Darwin College, University of Cambridge (2001)
  • Overend Award for Outstanding Graduate Research in Physical Chemistry, Univ. of MN (1997)
  • Graduate School Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship, Univ. of MN (1996)
  • John Wertz Award for Outstanding Graduate Research in Chemical Physics, Univ. of MN (1994)
  • Fulbright/Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnologia (Mexico) Graduate Fellowship (1992)
  • Institute of American Chemists Student Award (1992)

Selected publications over the past 10 years. For a full publication list, please see my Google Scholar Profile.

Memberships and Committees:
  • Associate Editor, Science Advances (American Association for the Advancement of Science)
  • Editorial Committee, Annual Review of Physical Chemistry
  • Advisory Committee, Journal of Materials Chemistry C (Royal Society of Chemistry)