Chan Research Group @ Univ. of Kansas

Our research focuses on understanding the fundamental electronic processes, such as exciton transport and charge transfer, in molecular solids, conjugated polymers, organic-inorganic hybrid systems and 2-D layered crystals. These materials can be potentially used in next generation devices for applications ranging from light harvesting (e.g. solar energy, photocatalysis) to flexible electronics. However, the lack of fundamental understandings in the electron dynamics of these materials can hinder future applications. Using novel experimental techniques such as time-resolved two photon photoemission spectroscopy, time-resolved electrical measurements and optical spectroscopy, we probe the dynamics of photoexcited electrons and molecules in an ultrafast timescale (10-14 – 10-9 s). A better understanding of these processes will help us to design cost-effective ways to produce energy.

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Recent Research Projects

Full publication list can be found at:


1. Coherent Exciton Transport and Charge Transfer in Organic Semiconductors


Selected Publication:

Kattle, B., Qin, L., Kafle, T. R., & Chan, W. -L.

Graphene Field-Effect Transistor as a High-Throughput Platform to Probe Charge Separation at Donor-Acceptor Interfaces

J. Phys. Chem. Lett. 9, 1633-1641 (2018)


Wang, T., Kafle, T., Kattel, B., & Chan, W.-L.

A Multi-Dimensional View of Charge Transfer Excitons at Organic

Donor-Acceptor Interfaces

J. Am. Chem. Soc., 139, 4098-4106 (2017)



Wang, T., Kafle, T., Kattel, B., & Chan, W.-L.,

Observation of an Ultrafast Exciton Hopping Channel in Organic Semiconducting Crystals

J. Phys. Chem. C, 120, 7491-7499 (2016)


Wang, T., & Chan, W. L.,

Dynamical Localization Limiting the Coherent Transport Range of Excitons in Organic Crystal.

J. Phys. Chem. Lett., 5, 1812-1818 (2014)

2. Hybrid organic-2D van der Waals interfaces


Selected Publication:

Kafle, T. R., Kattel, B., Lane, S., Wang, T., Zhao, H., & Chan, W. -L.

Charge Transfer Exciton and Spin Flipping at Organic-Transition Metal

Dichalcogenide Interface

ACS Nano, 11, 10184-10192 (2017).



Biancardi, A., Caraiani, C., Chan, W.-L., & Caricato, M.

How Number of Layers and Relative Position Modulate the Interlayer Electron Transfer in π-Staked 2D Materials

J. Phys. Chem. Lett., 8, 1365-1370 (2017)


Wang, T., Liu, Q., Caraiani, C., Zhang, Y., Wu, J., & Chan, W.-L.

Effect of Interlayer Coupling on Ultrafast Charge Transfer from Semiconducting Molecules to Mono- and Bilayer Graphene

Phys. Rev. Appl. 4, 014016 (2015)


3. Hybrid-organometallic perovskite, nano-materials optoelectronic devices


Selected Publication:

Qin, L., Wu, L., Kattel, B., Li, C., Zhang, Y., Hou, Y., Wu, J., & Chan, W. –L.

Using Bulk-Heterojunction and Selective Electron Trapping to Enhance

the Responsivity of Perovskite-Graphene Photodetector

Adv. Funct. Mater., 27, 1704173 (2017).





Gong, M., Liu, Q., Cook, B., Kattel, B., Wang, T., Chan, W.-L., Ewing, D., Casper, M., Stramel, A., & Wu, J.

All-printable ZnO quantum dots/Graphene van der Waals heterostructures for ultrasensitive detection of ultraviolet light

ACS Nano, 11, 4114-4123 (2017).


PI:   Wai-Lun Chan



Graduate Students:

Tika Kafle

Bhupal Kattel


Visiting Students:

Qin Liang


Undergraduate Students:

Aaron Gehrke


Previous Members:

Ti Wang (postdoc)


Jonathan Bush (undergrad)

Dalton Jones (undergrad)

Claudiu Caraiani (undergrad)

Will Burg (undergrad)

Cole Lindsey (undergrad)

Submitted Manuscript:


1. Qin, L., Kattel, B., Kafle, T. R., Gong, M. G., Panth, M., Hou, Y., Wu, J. & Chan, W.-L.

Scalable Graphene-on-Organometal Halide Perovksite Heterostructure Fabricated by Dry Transfer