Seth Marder
Professor • Director, Renewable and Sustainable Energy Institute
Chemical and Biological Engineering • Renewable and Sustainable Energy Institute • Chemistry


BA Chemistry, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1981
PhD Chemistry, University of Wisconsin at Madison, 1985


  • Humboldt Research Award (2018)
  • Class of 1934 Distinguished Professor Award, Georgia Tech (2018)
  • Elected Fellow, National Academy of Inventors (2016)
  • Visiting Professor, Institute of Science and Supramolecular Engineering, University of Strasbourg (2015)
  • Materials Research Society Mid-Career Award (2015)
  • Recipient of a Thank a Teacher certificate, Georgia Tech (2014)
  • Outstanding Faculty Research Author Award, Georgia Tech (2014)
  • Elected Fellow, Materials Research Society (2014)
  • Recipient on behalf of the Center for Organic Photonics and Electronics, the Materials Awards at the GTRC Award for Excellence in Research, Industry Engagement and Technology Transfer (2011)
  • Regents Professorship, Georgia Institute of Technology  (2011-2021)
  • Elected Co-Vice Chair of 2012 Gordon Research Conference of Electronic Processes in the Organic Solid State and Co-Chair of 2014 Conference  (2010)
  • Guest Professor, Wuhan University (2010 - 2013)
  • Recipient of the 2011 Arthur C. Cope Scholar Award (2010)
  • Georgia Power Chair in Energy Efficiency (2010 - 2021)
  • Guest Professor, Ecole Normale Supérieure de Cachan (2009)
  • Georgia Tech, Outstanding Award in Research Program Development (2009)
  • Elected Fellow, American Physical Society (2008)
  • Elected Fellow, Royal Society of Chemistry (2008)
  • Elected Fellow, Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE) (2007)
  • Guest Professor, Anhui University (2007 - 2010)
  • Invited Speaker, Japan-America Frontiers of Engineering Symposium, Tsukuba, Japan (2006)
  • Guest Professor, Shanghai Jiaotung University (2005 - 2008)
  • Guest Professor, Huazhang University of Science & Technology (2005 - 2008)
  • Elected Fellow, Optical Society of America (2004)
  • Elected Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science (2003)
  • Guest Professor, Wuhan University, Wuhan, China (2002 - 2005)
  • NSF Special Creativity Award Extension (1997 – 1999)
  • 3M Lecturer in Materials Science, University of British Columbia (1995)
  • Lew Allen Award for Research, The Jet Propulsion Laboratory (1993)
  • Invited Speaker, National Academy of Sciences Frontiers in Science Conference, Irvine, CA (1992)
  • National Research Council Resident Research Associate, The Jet Propulsion Laboratory (1987 – 1988)
  • W.R. Grace and Company Industrial Fellowship, University of Wisconsin at Madison (1984 – 1985)
  • Departmental Commendation for Excellence in Teaching, Department of Chemistry, University of Wisconsin at Madison (1982) 
  • National Science Foundation Summer Science Training Program in Chemistry, San Diego State University (1977)

Selected Publications

  • “Ordered Donor–Acceptor Complex Formation and Electron Transfer in Co-deposited Films of Structurally Dissimilar Molecules.” A. Opitz, C. Peter, B. Wegner, H.S.S. R. Matte, A. Röttger, T. Florian, X. Xu, P. Beyer, L. Grubert, S. Hecht, V. Belova, A. Hinderhofer, F. Schreiber, C. Kasper, J. Pflaum, Y. Zhang, S. Barlow, S. R. Marder and N. Koch, J. Phys. Chem. C. 124, 11023-11031 (DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpcc.0c02465)
  • “Single-step formation of low work function cathode interlayer and n-type bulk doping from semiconducting polymer/polyethylenimine blend solution.” K. Seidel, D. Lungwitz, A. Opitz, T. Krüger, J. Behrends, S. R. Marder and N. Koch, ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces Just Accepted Manuscript (2020, DOI: 10.1021/acsami.0c05857)
  • “Potential-Modulated Total Internal Reflection Fluorescence for Measurement of the Electron Transfer Kinetics of Submonolayers on Optically Transparent Electrodes.” Y. Zheng, A. J. Giordano, S. R. Marder and S. S. Saavedra, Langmuir Article ASAP (2020, DOI: 10.1021/acs.langmuir.0c00817)
  • “Structural Diversity in 2,2′-[Naphthalene-1,8:4,5-bis(dicarboximide)-N,N′-diyl]-bis(ethylammonium) Iodoplumbates.” M.-H. Tremblay, A. M. Zeidell, S. Rigin, C. Tyznik, J. Bacsa, Y. Zhang, K. Al Kurdi, O. D. Jurchescu, T. V. Timofeeva, S. Barlow, and S. R. Marder, Inorg. Chem. Article ASAP (2020, DOI: 10.1021/acs.inorgchem.0c00165)
  • “Exciton-band tuning induced by the width of the cation in 2D lead iodide perovskite hybrids.” M.-H. Tremblay, J. Bacsa, S. Barlow, and S. R. Marder, Mater. Chem. Front. Advance Article (2020, DOI: 10.1039/D0QM00118J)
  • “Thermal Management Enables Bright and Stable Perovskite Light‐Emitting Diodes.” L. Zhao, K. Roh, S. Kacmoli, K. Al Kurdi, S. Jhulki, S. Barlow, S. R. Marder, C. Gmachl, and B. P. Rand, Adv. Mater. 2000752 (2020, DOI: 10.1002/adma.202000752)
  • “Highly Conjugated, Fused-Ring, Quadrupolar Organic Chromophores with Large Two-Photon Absorption Cross-Sections in the Near-Infrared.” T. Allen, S. Benis, N. Munera, J. Zhang, S. Dai, T. Li, B. Jia, W. Wang, S. Barlow, D. J. Hagan, E. W. Van Stryland, X. Zhan, J. W. Perry, and S. R. Marder, J. Phys. Chem. A Just Accepted Manuscript (2020, DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpca.0c02572)
  • “Electrode Work Function Reduction by Polyethylenimine Interlayers: Choice of Solvent and Residual Solvent Removal for Superior Functionality.” S. Bontapalle, A. Opitz, R. Schlesinger, S. R Marder, S. Varughese, N. Koch, Adv. Mater. Interfaces 2000291/1-6 (2020, DOI: 10.1002/admi.202000291)
  • “Surface Functionalization of Black Phosphorus with a Highly Reducing Organoruthenium Complex: Interface Properties and Enhanced Photoresponsivity of Photodetectors.” R. Guo, Y. Zheng, Z. Hu, J. Zhang, C. Han, E. Longhi, S. Barlow, S. R. Marder, W. Chen, Chem. Eur. J. 26, 6576 (2020, DOI: 10.1002/chem.201905173)
  • “n-Doping of a Low-Electron-Affinity Polymer Used as an Electron-Transport Layer in Organic Light-Emitting Diodes.” H. L. Smith, J. T. Dull, E. Longhi, S. Barlow, B. P. Rand, S. R. Marder, A. Kahn, Adv. Funct. Mater. 2000328 (2020, DOI: 10.1002/adfm.202000328)
  • “Humidity Sensing through Reversible Isomerization of a Covalent Organic Framework.” S. Jhulki, A. M. Evans, X.-L. Hao, M. W. Cooper, C. H. Feriante, J. Leisen, H. Li, D. Lam, M. C. Hersam, S. Barlow, J.-L. Brédas, W. R. Dichtel, S. R. Marder, JACS 142, 783-791 (2020, DOI:10.1021/jacs.9b08628)
  • “A photo-crosslinkable bis-triarylamine side-chain polymer as a hole-transport material for stable perovskite solar cells.” M.-H. Tremblay, K. Schutt, Y. Zhang, J. Lim, Y.-H. Lin, J. H. Warby, S. Barlow, H. J. Snaith, S. R. Marder, Sustainable Energy Fuels 4, 190-198 (2020, DOI:10.1039/C9SE00513G)
  • “A structural study of p-type A–D–A oligothiophenes: effects of regioregular alkyl sidechains on annealing processes and photovoltaic performances.” C. J. Lee, F. M. Jradi, V. D. Mitchell, J. White, C. R. McNeill, J. Subbiah, S. Marder, D. J. Jones, J. Mater. Chem. C 8, 567-580 (2020, DOI:10.1039/C9TC05280A)
  • “Rapid Synthesis of High Surface Area Imine-Linked 2D Covalent Organic Frameworks by Avoiding Pore Collapse During Isolation.” C. H. Feriante, S. Jhulki, A. M. Evans, R. R. Dasari, K. Slicker, W. R. Dichtel, S. R. Marder, Adv. Mater. 32, 1905776 (2020, DOI: 10.1002/adma.201905776)

Research Interests

  • Design, synthesis, and evaluation of polymeric, organic, and organometallic materials for both second- and third-order nonlinear (NLO) optical studies and applications
  • Design of materials for OLED, OFET, OPV, and DSSC 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