Ultrafast Dynamics Group
Frédéric Laquai's Group


Lei Zhang

Postdoctoral Fellows

Research Interests

I am interested in time resolved spectroscopy studies that explore excited state, energy and electron transfer dynamics in a solar energy conversion system. My main techniques are time-resolved spectroscopy (Including transient absorption and fluorescence spectroscopy, time from femtoscond to millisecond, wavelength range from UV-vis to Mid-Infrared), and relative photophysical technologies.   

Selected Publications

Insights into the Mechanism of a Covalently-Linked Organic Dye-Cobaloxime Catalyst System for Dye Sensitized Solar Fuel Devices.
P. Pati, L. Zhang, B. Philippe, R. Fernández-Terán, S. Ahmadi, L. Tian, H. Rensmo, L. Hammarström, H. Tian,
ChemSusChem, Accepted Manuscript (2017)
A small electron donor in cobalt complex electrolyte significantly improves efficiency in dye-sensitized solar cells.
Y. Hao, W. Yang, L. Zhang, R. Jiang, E. Mijangos, Y. Saygili, L. Hammarström, A. Hagfeldt, G. Boschloo,
Nat. Comm., 7, (2016)
Organic Polymer Dots as Photocatalysts for Visible Light-Driven Hydrogen Generation
L. Wang, R. Fernández-Terán, L. Zhang, D. L A Fernandes, L. Tian, H. Chen, H. Tian, 
Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 55, 12306-12310, (2016)
Ultra-fast and Slow Charge Recombination Dynamics of Diketopyrrolopyrrole-NiO Dye Sensitized Solar Cells 
L. Zhang, L. Favereau, Y. Farre, E. Mijangos, Y. Pellegrin, E. Blart, F. Odobel, L. Hammarström. 
Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 18(27), 18515-18527, (2016)
Solid State p-Type Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells: Concept, Experiment and Mechanism
L. Zhang, G. Boschloo, L. Hammarström, H. Tian, 
Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys.; 18(7), 5080-5085, (2016)
Long-Lived Charge Separated State in NiO-Based p-Type Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells with Simple Cyclometalated Iridium Complexes 
M. Gennari, F. Légalité, L. Zhang, Y. Pellegrin, E. Blart, J. Fortage, A. Brown, A. Deronzier, M. Collomb, M. Boujtita, D. Jacquemin, L. Hammarström, F. Odobel,
J. Phys. Chem. Lett., 5(13), 2254-2258, (2014)
A novel surfactant-like fluorophore and its probing ability to the aggregation of amphiphilic compounds 
L. Zhang, L. Gao, Q. Liu, F. Yang, Y. Fang, 
J. Photochem. Photobiol. A Chemistry, 245, 58–65, (2012)


​• 2012-2016: Ph.D., Chemical Physics, Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden
2009-2012: M.Sc. Material Science, Shaanxi Normal University, Xi’an, China

Professional Profile

​• 2017-present: Post-doctoral Fellow, Solar and Photovoltaics Engineering Research Center & Division of Physical Science and Engineering, KAUST, KSA.

Scientific and Professional Memberships

​European Photochemistry Association


​• Liljewaches Scholarship, Sweden, 2016.
Anna Maria Lundin scholarship, Sweden, 2015
China Scholarship Council PhD Scholarship, China, 2012

KAUST Affiliations

​• KAUST Solar Center (KSC)
Division of Physical Science and Engineering (PSE)