Dorthe M. Eisele

Physical Chemistry/Nanoscience

Areas of Expertise/Research

  • Fundamental Research in Materials Science
  • Nanoscience For Renewable Energy


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Dorthe M. Eisele


Dr. Eisele was born and educated in Germany and grew up in Berlin. She studied physics at the Technical University of Berlin, Germany, and finished an external Diploma Thesis (comparable with a US Master Thesis) from the Physikalisch Technische Bundesanstalt (German Institute of Standards), Germany, at the Berlin Electron Storage Ring Society for Synchrotron Radiation II (known as BESSY II), in collaboration with the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), USA.

In Dec. 2009 she received her doctoral degree, Dr. rer. nat. (PhD equivalent), in experimental physics from the Physics Department (group of Prof. Juergen P. Rabe) of the Humboldt University Berlin, Germany, in close collaboration with Prof. David A. Vanden Bout from the Chemistry Department of University of Texas at Austin, USA. From March 2011 till August 2014, she was a Postdoctoral Associate at the Center for Excitonics   of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where she conducted her research projects in the groups of Prof. Moungi G. Bawendi and Prof. Keith A. Nelson. Throughout her career she initiated fruitful and long-term collaborations such as with research groups of Klaus Muellen (Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research, Germany), Jasper Knoester (Physics Department, University of Groningen, The Netherlands), Daniela Nicastro (Biology Department, University of Brandeis, USA), Robert Silbey† (Chemistry Department, MIT, USA), Andrei Tokmakoff (Chemistry Department, University of Chicago, USA).

In 2011 Dr. Eisele received the prestigious Feodor-Lynen-Fellowship award and became a member of the Alexander-von-Humboldt-Foundation.

In September 2014, she joined The City College of New York (CCNY) of The City University of New York (CUNY) as an Assistant Professor
of Chemistry.

Research Interests

New materials & design principles for solar energy systems; Artificial and biological model systems for light-harvesting (LH) in order to better understand the fundamental processes that govern nature's highly efficient photosynthetic masterpieces; Collective phenomena found in self-assembled nanoscale systems such as supra-molecular assemblies (Frenkel exciton systems), semiconductor nanostructures (Wannier exciton systems), metallic nanostructures (plasmonic systems), and organic/inorganic hybrid systems; Energy and electron transport processes in nanoscale systems; steady-state and time-resolved spectroscopy combined with microscopy techniques.


•    Microfluidic-Supported Synthesis of Anisotropic Polyvinyl Methacrylate Nanoparticles via Interfacial Agents; Nikunjkumar R. Visaveliya, Seda Kelestemur, Firdaus Khatoon, Jin Xu, Kelvin Leo, Lauren St. Peter, Christopher Chan, Tatiana Mikhailova, Visar Bedzeti, Ashni Kapadia, Piyali Maity, William P. Carbery, Kara Ng, and Dorthe M. Eisele*, 

•    Frenkel Excitons in Heat-Stressed Supramolecular Nanocomposites Enabled by Tunable Cage-Like Scaffolding; Kara Ng, Megan Webster, William P. Carbery, Nikunjkumar Visaveliya, Pooja Gaikwad, Seogjoo J. Jang, Ilona Kretzschmar, and Dorthe M. Eisele*, 
NATURE CHEMISTRY, 2020, 12, 1157-1164. 

•    Surface Wrinkling and Porosity of Polymer Particles toward Biological and Biomedical Applications; Nikunjkumar R. Visaveliya, Christopher W. Leishman, Kara Ng, Nicolas Yehya, Nelson Tobar, Dorthe M. Eisele* and Johann Michael Köhler*, 
ADVANCED MATERIALS INTERFACES, 2017, 4, 24, 1770125. (Cover Article)

•    Room-Temperature Micron-Scale Exciton Migration in a Stabilized Emmisive Molecular Aggregate; Justin R. Caram, Sandra Doria, Dorthe M. Eisele, Francesca S. Freyria, Timothy S. Sinclair, Patrick Rebentrost, Seth Lloyd, and Moungi G. Bawendi*, 
NANO LETTERS, 2016, 16, 11, 6808-6815.

•    “Quantum Effects in Biology”
edited by M. Mohesi, Y. Omar, G. Engel, M. B. Plenio,
“Structured Chromophoric Aggregates” in chapter 16: Bio-inspired Quantum Materials”
M. Sarovar, Dorthe M. Eisele, M. Mohseni, B. Whaley,

•    Robust Excitons in Soft Supramolecular Nanotubes; Dorthe M. Eisele*, D. H. Arias, X. Fu, Bloemsma, C. P. Steiner, R. Jensen, P. Rebentrost, H. Eisele, S. Llyod, A. Tokmakoff, J. Knoester, D. Nicastro, K. A. Nelson, and M. G. Bawendi*, 

•    Coherent Exciton Dynamics in Supramolecular Light-Harvesting Nanotubes revealed by Ultrafast Quantum Process Tomography; J. Yuen-zhou, D. H. Arias, Dorthe M. Eisele, C. P. Steiner, J. J. Krich, M. G. Bawendi, K. A. Nelson, and A. Aspuru-guzik*, 
ACS NANO, 2014, 8, 5527-5534.

•    Utilizing Redox-Chemistry to Elucidate the Nature of Exciton Transitions in Supramolecular Dye Nanotubes; Dorthe M. Eisele, C. W. Cone, E. A. Bloemsma, C. G. F. Vlaming, S. M. van der Kwaak, R. J. Silbey, M. G. Bawendi, J. Knoester*, J. P. Rabe, and D. A. Vanden Bout*, 
NATURE CHEMISTRY, 2012, 4, 655-662. (Highlighted in ‘News and Views”)

•    Singular value decomposition analysis of Spectroelectrochemical Redox Chemistry in Supramolecular Dye Nanotubes; C. W. Cone, S. Cho, J. L. Lyon, Dorthe M. Eisele, J. P. Rabe, K. J. Stevenson, P. J. Rossky, and D. A. Vanden Bout*,
THE JOURNAL OF PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY C, 2011, 115, 14978-14987.

•    Photoinduced growth of sub-7 nm silver nanowires within a chemically active organic nanotubular template; Dorthe M. Eisele, H. v. Berlepsch, C. Böttcher, K. J. Stevenson, D. A. Vanden Bout, S. Kirstein, and J. P. Rabe*, 

•    Graphene-based Optically Transparent Electrodes for Spectroelectrochemistry in the UV-Vis Region; C. M. Weber, Dorthe M. Eisele, J. P. Rabe*, Y. Liang, X. Feng, L. Zhi, K. Müllen*, J. L. Lyon, R. Williams, D. A. Vanden Bout*, K. J. Stevenson*, 
SMALL, 2010, 6, 184-189.

•    UV-Vis Spectroscopy and Cyclic Voltammetry Investigations of Tubular J-aggregates of Amphiphilic Cyanine Dyes; J. L. Lyon, Dorthe M. Eisele, S. Kirstein, J. Rabe, D. Vanden Bout, and K. J. Stevenson*, 

•    Uniform exciton fluorescence from individual molecular nanotubes immobilized on solid Substrates; Dorthe M. Eisele, J. Knoester, S. Kirstein, J. P. Rabe* and D. A. Vanden Bout*, 
NATURE NANOTECHNOLOGY, 2009, 4, 658-663. (Cover Article)

•    Spectroelectrochemical Investigation of Double-Walled Tubular J-aggregates of Amphiphilic Cyanine Dyes; J. L. Lyon, Dorthe M. Eisele, S. Kirstein, J. P. Rabe, D. A. Vanden Bout, and K. J. Stevenson*,