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Denis Kozlov

New Materials For Opto-Electronics

Denis Kozlov

My Russian friend told me that in our university (MUCTR – Mendeleev University of Chemical Technology of Russia) we could enter a competition to further our education in America at the Center for Photochemical Sciences. I passed the exams and was invited here.

Before I came to Bowling Green I had a very vague idea of what photosciences actually are. I later discovered its meaning, when I became involved in graduate studies and research projects. I have now been here for four years.


My research focus is on materials for advanced optoelectronics. For example, we work with new optical switches based on organic and metallorganic chromophores that can be potentially utilized for memory storage applications. Also, in our lab we developed a new concept of low power light up-conversion using metallorganic bichromophores. Our new donor-acceptor materials can convert green light to blue via conventional photophysical processes. In addition, we made compounds with incredibly long lifetimes (room temperature phosphorescence) that are particularly interesting for biological sensing and light emitting devices.

When I came to the Center I had little knowledge of photosciences; in order to succeed I had to learn a lot of new things and to study hard. The more you learn, the more understanding you gain and you become interested.

After graduation I want to find a job in a research lab. In order to succeed you have to know exactly what to do after graduation and where you can apply your skills and knowledge.

I’m very thankful to the McMaster fellowship for recognition of my work, for providing me with an opportunity to focus my time on the research process, and for giving me a chance to attend conferences.