Dr. Elizabeth M. Y. Lee
The University of Chicago
Pritzker School of Molecular Engineering
5640 South Ellis Avenue
Chicago, IL 60637
Phone: (773) 834-7370
Email: emlee at uchicago.edu
Former Postdoctoral Research Scholar
Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) (2018); Advisors: William A. Tisdale and Adam P. Willard
M.S. in Chemical Engineering Practice (M.S.CEP), Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) (2018)
B.S. in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Johns Hopkins University (JHU) (2012)
B.A. in Chemistry, Johns Hopkins University (JHU) (2012)
Member of American Physical Society (APS)
Member of American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE)
Areas of Interest
Solid-state spin defects for quantum information science
First-principles molecular dynamics with enhanced sampling
Artificial Intelligence and machine learning
Chemical reactions on surfaces
2018-present, Postdoctoral Research Scholar, University of Chicago (Advisors: G. Galli and J. de Pablo)
2014: Consultant, General Mills, Minneapolis, MN - Developed automatic, non-destructive grain sorting device using machine learning algorithms
2014: Consultant, Novartis, Basel, Switzerland - Synthesized microparticles using microfluidic-based reactor for optimal drug release
2013-2018: Graduate Researcher and Teaching Assistant, MIT
2012-2017: Energy Fellow, NSF Graduate Fellow, MIT
2011-2012: Undergraduate Researcher, Prof. David R. Yarkony's Group, Chemistry Department, JHU
2011 Summer: NSF REU Researcher, Prof. Alan Aspuru-Guzik's Group, Chemistry and Chemical Biology Department, Harvard University
2009-2011: Undergraduate Researcher, Prof. Jeffrey J. Gray's Group, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Department, JHU
E. M.Y. Lee, A. Yu, J. J. de Pablo, and G. Galli.
Stability and molecular pathways to the formation of spin defects in silicon carbide
Nature Communications (
accepted), 2021, arXiv:2109.06420
E. M.Y. Lee*, T. Ludwig*, B. Yu, A. Singh, F. Gygi, J. K. Nørskov, and J. J. de Pablo. (*equal contribution)
Neural network sampling of the free energy landscape for nitrogen dissociation on ruthenium
Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters, 12, 2954-2962, (2021)
E. M.Y. Lee and A. P. Willard
Solving the trivial crossing problem while preserving the nodal symmetry of the wavefunction
Journal of Chemical Theory and Computation, 15, 4332 (2019)
R. H. Gilmore, Y. Liu, N. S. Dahod, W. Shcherbakov-Wu,
E. M.Y. Lee, M. C. Weidman, H. Li, J. C. Grossman, and W. A. Tisdale.
Epitaxial dimers and auger-assisted de-trapping in PbS quantum dot solids
Matter, 1, 250 (2019)
E. M. Y. Lee, W. A. Tisdale, and A. P. Willard.
Perspective: Nonequilibrium dynamics of localized and delocalized excitons in colloidal quantum dot solids
Journal of Vacuum Science & Technology A, 36, 068501 (2018)
R. H. Gilmore, S. W. Winslow,
E. M. Y. Lee, M. N. Ashner, K. G. Yager, A. P. Willard, and W. A. Tisdale.
Inverse temperature dependence of charge carrier hopping in quantum dot solids
ACS Nano, 12, 7741-7749 (2018)
Y. Xu*, X. Wang*, J. Zhou, B. Song, Z. Jiang,
E. M.Y. Lee, S. Huberman, K. K. Gleason, and G. Chen (*equal contribution).
Molecular engineered conjugated polymer with high thermal conductivity
Science Advances, 4, eaar3031 (2018)
E. M.Y. Lee, A. J. Mork, A. P. Willard, and W. A. Tisdale.
Including surface ligand effects in continuum elastic models of nanocrystal vibrations
The Journal of Chemical Physics, 147, 044711 (2017)
R. H. Gilmore,
E. M.Y. Lee, M. C. Weidman, A. P. Willard, and W. A. Tisdale.
Charge carrier hopping dynamics in homogeneously broadened PbS quantum dot solids
Nano Letters, 17, 893-901 (2017)
A. J. Mork,
E. M.Y. Lee, N. S. Dahod, A. P. Willard, and W. A. Tisdale.
Modulation of low-frequency acoustic vibrations in semiconductor nanocrystals through choice of surface ligand
The Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters, 7, 4213-4216 (2016)
A. J. Mork,
E. M.Y. Lee, and W. A. Tisdale.
Temperature dependence of acoustic vibrations of CdSe and CdSe-CdS core-shell nanocrystals measured by low-frequency Raman spectroscopy
Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics, 18, 28797 (2016)
I. Matlahov, T. Iline-Vul, M. Abayev,
E. M.Y. Lee, M. Nadav-Tsubery, K. Keinan-Adamsky, J. J. Gray, and G. Goobes.
Interfacial mineral-peptide properties of a mineral binding peptide from osteonectin and bone-like apatite
Chemistry of Materials, 27, 5562-5569 (2015)
E. M.Y. Lee, W. A. Tisdale, and A. P. Willard.
Can disorder enhance incoherent exciton diffusion?
The Journal of Physical Chemistry B, 119, 9501-9509 (2015)
E. M.Y. Lee and W. A. Tisdale.
Determination of exciton diffusion length by transient photoluminescence quenching and its application to quantum dot films
The Journal of Physical Chemistry C, 119, 9005-9015 (2015)
G. M. Akselrod*, F. Prins*, L. V. Poulikakos,
E. M.Y. Lee, M. C. Weidman, A. J. Mork, A. P. Willard, V. Bulovic, and W. A. Tisdale (*equal contribution).
Subdiffusive exciton transport in quantum dot solids
Nano Letters, 14, 3556-3562 (2014)
E. M.Y. Lee, X. Zhu, and D. R. Yarkony.
On the electronic structure of the low lying electronic states of vanadium trioxide
The Journal of Chemical Physics, 139, 044303 (2013)
M. A. Watson, D. Rapport,
E. M.Y. Lee, R. Olivares-Amaya, and A. Aspuru-Guzik.
Electronic structure calculations in arbitrary electrostatic environments
The Journal of Chemical Physics, 136, 024101 (2012)