Postdoctoral Associate, Cavendish Laboratory, University of Cambridge (1998-2001)
PhD in Chemical Physics, University of Minnesota (1998)
The Silva group is interested in understanding how excited states are created and how they evolve in complex materials of interest in optoelectronics. In order to achieve this understanding, we use advanced optical spectroscopic techniques, both time-resolved using ultrafast laser pulses, as well as quasi-steady-state methods. Our chore research focus centers around photoexcitation dynamics in organic, polymeric, and hybrid organic-inorganic semiconductors. With our ultrafast techniques, we can measure transient photoinduced absorption and luminescence, as well as nonlinear optical response of matter via coherent multidimensional spectroscopy. We are also interested in exploiting the quantum-mechanical nature of light, namely photon entanglement, to study with intricate selectivity how photoexcited states in matter correlate with one another. We are a diverse and multidisciplinary group, composed of students and postdocs with formal training in chemistry, physics, and materials science.
Honors and Awards:
- Brockhouse Medal, Canadian Association of Physicists, Division of Condensed Matter and Materials Physics (2016)
Université de Montréal University Research Chair (2014-2017)
Herzberg Medal, Canadian Association of Physicists (2010)
Canada Research Chair, Natural Science and Engineering Research Council of Canada (2005-2015)
Advanced Research Fellowship, Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, United Kingdom (2001-2005)
Nonstipendiary Research Fellowship, Darwin College, University of Cambridge (2001)
Overend Award for Outstanding Graduate Research in Physical Chemistry, Univ. of MN (1997)
Graduate School Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship, Univ. of MN (1996)
John Wertz Award for Outstanding Graduate Research in Chemical Physics, Univ. of MN (1994)
Fulbright/Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnologia (Mexico) Graduate Fellowship (1992)
Institute of American Chemists Student Award (1992)
- Radiative pumping of polariton-states in a strongly-coupled microcavity containing a highly-fluorescent molecular dye. R.T. Grant, P. Michetti, K. Georgiou, T. Virgili, F. Galleotti, C. Clark, P. Grégoire, E. Vella, C. Silva, D.G. Lidzey, Adv. Opt. Mater. 4, 1615–1623 (2016).
- Ultrafast spectroscopy with photocurrent detection: Watching excitonic optoelectronic systems at work. A.A. Bakulin, C. Silva, E. Vella, J. Phys. Chem. Lett. 7, 250–258 (2016).
- Multi-phase microstructures drive exciton dissociation in neat semicrystalline polymeric semiconductors. F. Paquin, J. Rivnay, A. Salleo, N. Stingelin, and C. Silva, J. Mat. Chem. C 3, 10715–10722 (2015).
- Direct observation of long-range charge separation at polymeric semiconductor heterojunctions. F. Provencher, N. Bérubé, A.W. Parker, G.M. Greetham, M. Towrie, C. Hellmann, M. Côté, N. Stingelin, C. Silva and S.C. Hayes. Nat. Commun. 5, 4288 (2014).
- Noise-induced quantum coherence drives photocarrier generation dynamics at organic semiconductor heterojunctions. E.R. Bittner and C. Silva, Nat. Commun. 5, 3119 (2014).
- H- and J-aggregate behavior in polymeric semiconductors. F.C. Spano and C. Silva, Annu. Rev. Phys. Chem. 65, 477–500 (2014).
- Two-dimensional spatial coherence of excitons in semicrystalline polymeric semiconductors: The effect of molecular weight. F. Paquin, H. Yamagata, N. Hestand, M. Sakowicz, N. Béerubé, Michel Côté, L.X. Reynolds, S.A. Haque, N. Stingelin, F.C. Spano, C. Silva. Phys. Rev. B 88, 155202 (2013).
- Controlling the Interaction of Light with Semiconductor Polymers. C. Hellmann, F. Paquin, N.D. Treat, A. Bruno, L.X. Reynolds, S.A. Haque, P. Stavrinou, C. Silva, N. Stingelin. Adv. Mater, 25, 4906–4911 (2013).
- Estimating the conditions for polariton condensation in organic thin-film microcavities. E.R. Bittner and C. Silva. J. Chem. Phys. 136, 034510 (2012).
- Charge separation in semicrystalline polymeric semiconductors by photoexcitation: Is the mechanism intrinsic or extrinsic? F. Paquin, G. Latini, M. Sakowicz, P.-L. Karsenti, L. Wang, D. Beljonne, N. Stingelin, C. Silva. Phys. Rev. Lett. 106, 197401 (2011).
Memberships and Committees:
- Editorial Committee, Annual Review of Physical Chemistry
- Advisory Committee, Journal of Materials Chemistry C