Department of Chemistry & Chemical Biology

MSC03 2060
300 Terrace St. NE
Albuquerque, NM 87131-0001

Physical Location:
Clark Hall

Phone: 505-277-6655

John Grey


Regents' Lecturer

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Electronic and Photonic Materials
Physical Chemistry

Contact Information

Phone: 505-277-6655
Office: Clark Hall 203


  • B.S. in Chemistry, 1999, Michigan Technological University, Houghton, MI
  • Ph.D. in Chemistry, 2004, McGill University, Montreal, Canada
  • ACS-PRF Alternative Energy Postdoctoral Fellow, 2004-2007, Department of Chemistry, University of Texas, Austin, TX


Our research focuses on understanding structure-function relationships in organic semiconductor materials from the nano- to microscale size ranges. We are particularly interested in conjugated polymer molecules that are candidate materials for use in field- effect transistors, light-emitting diodes and solar cells. The manner in which polymer molecules fold and pack has a profound influence on rates and distance scales of key electronic processes, such charge and energy transfer. We use advanced single molecule and spectroscopic imaging techniques to unravel complex structure-dependent photophysics in various polymer functional forms. In addition, we are able to simultaneously measure electrical properties in model device structures to establish true structure-function correlations not available from other physical techniques. Students involved in this research work in a highly multi-disciplinary environment and benefit from working on technologically relevant problems of great importance to society.

Honors & Awards

  • Regents' Lecturer
  • NSF CAREER award
  • ACS-PRF Doctoral New Investigator award
  • ORAU Ralph Powe junior faculty award

Selected Publications

B. D. Datko, M. Livshits, Z. Zhang, Y. Qin, E. Jakubikova, J. J. Rack and J. K. Grey* “Large excited state conformational displacements expedite triplet formation in a small conjugated oligomerJournal of Physical Chemistry Letters (2019) 10, 1259-1263.

B. D. Datko and J. K. Grey* “Stochastic photodynamic modeling of multi-exciton annihilation and interactions on single conjugated polymer chains” Scientific Reports (2019) 9, 817-825.

G. C. Canning, A. K. Thomas, D. H. Dunlap and J. K. Grey* “Morphological contributions to interfacial charge trapping and non-geminate recombination in polymer solar cells revealed by UV light soaking” ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces (2018) 10, 19853-19862.

A. K. Thomas, B. D. Datko; H. A. Brown,† J. A. Garcia, J. K. Grey* “Interchain charge transfer states mediate triplet formation in purified conjugated polymer aggregates” Journal of Physical Chemistry C (2016) 120, 23230-23238.