Eilaf Ahmed, Chemistry

The authors wish to dedicate this paper to the memory of Officer Sean Collier, for his caring service to the MIT community and for his sacrifice.

EILAF AHMED, ET.AL. - epigraph in publication co-authored with MIT colleagues

MLK Visiting Scholar 2011-2013
Hosted by Professor Timothy Swager

Eilaf Ahmed is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemistry at Emory University.

2011-2012 Scholars

Wed, 03/12/2014

Eilaf wins the title of 2014 MIT Polymer Day Best Poster and an iPad Air!  A big thanks to the PPST@ MIT for the generosity!

Mon, 04/22/2013

Eilaf receives the Carl Storm Award from the Gordon Research Conferences. 

Tue, 02/12/2013

Eilaf was invited to speak at the “Dinner with a Professor” series hosted by MIT-NOBCChE chapter of MIT undergraduate students.  The talk is about pursuing a career in academia.

Eilaf Ahmed received her Ph.D. from the Department of Chemistry at the University of Washington in June 2011. Her graduate work has focused on organic electronic materials directed at photovoltaics and thin film field- effect transistors. As an MLK Visiting Scholar in the Department of Chemistry, she worked with Professor Timothy Swager on DNA hybrid assemblies with carbon nanotubes. Dr. Ahmed is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemistry at Emory University.

1. Yan, A.; AhmedE.; Yan, Q.; and Lennarz, J. L. “New Finding on Interactions among the Yeast Oligosaccharyl Transferase Subunits Using   a Chemical Cross-linker,” J. Bio. Chem. 2003, 278, 33078-33087.


  1. Li, A-H.; AhmedE.; Chen X.; Cox, M.; Crew, P. A.; Dong, H-Q.; Jin, M.; Ma, L.; Panicker, B.; Siu, W. K.; Steinig, G. A.; Stolz, M. K.; Tavares, A. R. P.; Volk, B.; Weng, Q.; Werner, D.; and Mulvihill, J. M. “A Highly Effective One-Pot Synthesis of Quinolines from o-Nitroarylcarbaldehydes,” Org. Biomol. Chem20075, 61-64.

  1. Ahmed, E.; Briseno, A. L.; Xia, Y.; Jenekhe, S. A. “High Mobility Single-Crystal Field-Effect Transistors from    Bisindoloquinoline Semiconductors,” J. Am. Chem. Soc2008130, 1118-119.

  1. Ahmed, E.; Kim, F. S.; Xin, H.; Jenekhe, S. A. “Benzobisthiazole-Thiophene Copolymer Semiconductors: Synthesis, Enhanced Stability, Field-Effect Transistors, and Efficient Solar Cells,” Macromolecules 200942, 8615-8618.

  1. Earmme, T.; Ahmed, E.; Jenekhe, S. A. “Highly Efficient Phosphorescent Light-Emitting Diodes by Using an Electron-Transport Material with High Electron Affinity,” J. Phys. Chem. C 2009113, 18448-18450.

  1. Ahmed, E.; Earmme, T.; Ren, G.; Jenekhe, S. A. “Novel n-Type Conjugated Ladder Heteroarenes: Synthesis, Self-Assembly of Nanowires, Electron Transport and Electroluminescence of Bisindenoanthrazolines,” Chem. Mater. 2010, 22, 5786-5796.

  1. Earmme, T.; Ahmed, E.; Jenekhe, S. A. “Solution-Processed Highly Efficient Blue Phosphorescent Polymer Light-Emitting Diodes Enabled by a New Electron Transport Material,” Adv. Mater. 2010, 224744-4748.

  1. Kim, F. S.; Ahmed, E.; Subramaniyan, S.; Jenekhe, S. A. “Air-Stable Ambipolar Field-Effect Transistors and Complementary Logic Circuits from Solution-Processed n/p Polymer Heterojunctions,” ACS Appl. Mater. Inter. 20102,2974-2977.

  1. Zhu, L.; Kim, E.-G.; Yi, Y.; Ahmed, E.; Jenekhe, S. A.; Coropceanu, V.; Brédas, J.-L. “Charge Transport of the Tetraphenylbis(indolo[1,2-a])quinoline and 5,7-Diphenylindolo[1,2-a]quinoline Crystals,” J. Phys. Chem. C 2010, 114, 20401-20409.

  1. Ahmed, E.; Ren, G.; Kim, F. S.; Hollenbeck, E. C.; Jenekhe, S .A. “Oligothiophene-Functionalized Naphthalene Diimides: Synthesis, Self-Assembly of Nanowires, Electron Transport, and Use as Acceptor in Solar Cells,” Chem. Mater. 2011, 23, 4563-4577.

  1. Ahmed, E.; Earmme, T.; Jenekhe, S. A. “Solution-Processable Electron Transport Materials for Highly Efficient Blue Phosphorescent OLEDs,” Adv. Funct. Mater. 2011, 21, 3889-3899.

  1. Ahmed, E.; Subramaniyan, S.; Kim, F. S.; Xin, H.; Jenekhe, S. A. “Benzobisthiazole-Based Donor Acceptor Copolymers for Organic Field-Effect Transistors and Photovoltaic Cells,”  Macromolecules 201144, 7207-7219.

  1. Ren, G.; Ahmed, E.; Jenekhe, S. A. “Non-Fullerene Acceptor-Based Bulk Heterojunction Polymer Solar Cells: Engineering the Nanomorphology via Processing Additives,” Adv. Energy Mater. 20111, 946-953.

  1.  Ren, G.; Ahmed, E.; Jenekhe, S. A. “Nanowires of Oligothiphene-Functionalized Naphthalene Diimide: Self-Assembly, Morphology, and All-Nanowire Bulk Heterojunction Solar Cells,” J. Mater. Chem201222, 24373-24379.

  1. Ren, G.; Schlenker, C. W.; Ahmed, E.; Subramaniyan, S.; Olthof, S.; Kahn, A.; Ginger, D. S.; Jenekhe, S. A. “Photoinduced Hole Transfer is Suppressed with Diminished Driving Force in Polymer-Fullerene Solar Cells, While Electron Transfer Remains Active,” Adv. Funct. Mater201323, 1238-1249.

  1. Ahmed, E.; Briseno, A. L.; Kim, F. S.; Earmme, T.; Qi, Y.;  Kim, E.-G.; Brédas, J. L.; Kahn, A.;  Jenekhe, S. A. “ New Class of Organic Semiconductors Based on Indoloquinolines: Synthesis, Self-Assembly, Electronic Structure, Charge Transport and Light-Emitting Diodes,” In preparation.


  1. Ahmed, E.; Morton, S. W.; Hammond, P. T.; Swager, T. M. “Fluorescent Multiblock pi-Conjugated Polymer Nanoparticles for In Vivo Tumor Targeting,” Adv. Mater. 2013, published online, DOI:10.1002/adma.201301656.




1. Jenekhe, S. A.; Subramaniyan, S.; Ahmed, E.; Xin, H.; Kim, F. S. “Copolymer Semiconductors Comprising Thiazolothiazole or Benzobisthiazole, or Benzobisoxazole Electron Acceptor Subunits, and Electron Donor Subunits, and Their Uses in Transistors and Solar Cells,” PCT Int. Appl. 2011, WO 2011051292/ A1 20110505.

2.  Jenekhe, S. A.; Earmme, T.; Ahmed, E. “Solution Processable Electron Transport Materials and Uses in Organic Optoelectronic Devices,” PCT Int. Appl. 2012, WO 2012024132/A2 20120223.