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Ming Lee Tang



Associate Professor

B.S., Chemistry; B.A. Economics: Brandeis University, 2004
Ph.D., Chemistry: Stanford University, 2009
Postdoctoral Fellow: University of California, Berkeley, 2009-2012

Phone: (801) 581-8924
Office: 4272 HEB
Research Group

Activities & Awards

  • 2020 ACS Energy Letters Women Scientists at the Forefront of Energy Research
  • 2018 Department of Energy (DoE) Early Career Research Program participant
  • 2017 Sloan Research Fellow
  • 2014 National Science Foundation CAREER award


Research Interests

Designer Ligands for Functional Nanocrystals

The Tang’s group mission is to find synergistic combinations of conjugated molecules and nanoparticles where the sum is more that its parts. The goal is to enhance electronic communication between quantum confined inorganic nanomaterials and organic compounds. This group employs an interdisciplinary approach to facilitate the rational design of hybrid platforms that can harness multiexcitonic processes like singlet fission or upconversion, in order to improve the performance of photovoltaics, photocatalysts, bioimaging probes and optoelectronic devices.

Synthetic efforts are buttressed by electronic absorption and photoluminescence spectroscopy spanning twelve decades in time from the visible to the near-infrared, as well as state of the art characterization. We have great interest and expertise in thin film transistors, light-emitting diodes and photovoltaics.

In 2015, this group was the first to show that photoexcited semiconductor nanocrystals can transfer energy to molecular triplet states. At that time, this was a new paradigm in the field. This observation has been the basis for the rational design of hybrid platforms that can harness multiexcitonic processes like singlet fission or upconversion, for photovoltaics, photocatalytic and biomedical applications.

Tang Chemistry

Selected Publications

  • Xu, Z. Huang, T. Jin, T. Lian, M. L. Tang "Mechanistic understanding and rational design of quantum dot/mediator interfaces for efficient photon upconversion", Acc. Chem. Res., 54, 70, 2021. (invited, selected for journal cover)
  • Huang, Z. Xu, T. Huang, V. Gray, K. Moth-Poulsen, T. Lian, M. L. Tang "Evolution from tunneling to hopping mediated triplet energy transfer from quantum dots to molecules", J. Am. Chem. Soc., 142, 17581, 2020.
  • Xia, E. K. Raulerson, D. Coleman, C. S. Gerke, L. Mangolini, M. L. Tang, S. T. Roberts, "Achieving Spin-triplet Exciton Transfer between Silicon and Molecular Acceptors for Photon Upconversion" Nature Chem., 12, 137,2020.
  • Huang, X. Li, M. Mahboub, K. M. Hanson, V. M. Nichols, H. Le, M. L. Tang, C. J. Bardeen. "Hybrid Molecule-nanocrystal Photon Upconversion Across the Visible and Near-infrared". Nano Lett., 15, 5552, 2015.

    According to the Web of Science, as of May/June 2018, this highly cited paper received enough citations to place it in the top 1% of the academic field of Physics based on a highly cited threshold for the field and publication year.

Last Updated: 7/28/23