Svetlana Kilina received her undergraduate education (1994) and M.S. degree in physics (1996) at the Belarusian State University, Minsk, Belarus. Her research interests were further shaped during her Ph.D. studies in chemistry at the University of Washington, Seattle (2003–2007). She joined the group of Professor Oleg Prezhdo and mastered the formalism of nonadiabatic dynamics in nanomaterials. In January 2008, after she completed her Ph.D. degree, she was awarded by Director’s Postdoctoral Fellowship and worked as the Director-Funded Postdoc at Los Alamos National Laboratory under the supervision of Dr. Sergei Tretiak. Since August 2010, she holds an appointment as an Assistant Professor at Chemistry and Biochemistry Department, North Dakota State University (NDSU). Her current research is on the frontiers of modern quantum chemistry and nanoscale material science with a particular focus on inorganic-organic interfaces in novel hybrid, functionalized nanomaterials. This includes understanding how the bio and organic functional groups, such as organic dyes, conjugated polymers, DNA, and proteins, affect electronic and optical properties, radiative and nonradiative dynamics, charge transfer, and electronic transport in semiconductor quantum dots and carbon nanotubes. Studies of these materials target society’s need for such applications as efficiently operating optoelectronic devices, solar cells, sensors, bio imaging, and much more. Her research aims to establish a quantitative description and a fundamental understanding of electronic and optical processes in nanohybrids, provide novel material design strategies, and suggest new technological applications. As an independent nvestigator, her research has been funded by the Department of Energy (DOE) Earlier Career Research Award in 2012.
Biography Updated on 1 July 2013