Solid State Photophysics|Materials Photo-science|Photocatalysis
Research

We employ cutting edge techniques to test our hypotheses and to explore the unknown frontier of Science...

Teaching

In addition to leadership skills and professional development, students receive particular attention and are well trained to tackle all types of scientific problems...

...Rich and up to date curricula

Research Highlight

Research in the AJA Laboratory is strongly interdisciplinary…crossing disciplines and blending conventional organic synthesis techniques and photophysical & photochemical paradigms to devise alternatives approaches for energy applications, organic materials and sustainable chemical synthesis. While the AJA group research themes are inspired by fundamental and established concepts in organic photochemistry and photophysics, the use of cutting edge techniques and instrumentations to rationalize molecular interactions and transformations is paramount; for example, we aim at designing new organic chromophores and probing the mechanism of excitons migration/diffusion and annihilation/quenching upon photo-excitation in various media. An alternative research theme of the group focuses on utilizing light–a massless reagent for aqueous phase catalytic synthesis of bio-active molecular building blocks, natural products and macromolecular assemblies. The AJA lab welcomes students who are interested in organic synthesis, organic materials, advanced photo-science techniques including spectroscopy and X-ray crystallography techniques.

Lab Spotlight

Current Group Members

  • Jean-Luc A. Ayitou, Ph.D.
    Jean-Luc A. Ayitou, Ph.D.Assistant Professor, PI
  • Dr. Manoj Kumar Manna
    Dr. Manoj Kumar MannaPostdoc
  • Siamak Shokri
    Siamak ShokriGraduate Student
  • Shanshan Xi
    Shanshan XiGraduate Student
  • Jomana Hatahet
    Jomana HatahetUndergraduate Student
  • Terry Chen
    Terry ChenGraduate Student
  • Shifang Yao
    Shifang YaoGraduate Student

Contact Us|Join Us

  • We always have room for highly motivated students of any level. New Master and Ph.D. students are encouraged to stop by our labs and chat with us regarding our research projects. We also welcome undergraduate students who are interested in doing cutting edge research. Please contact Prof. Ayitou by email and send your transcript and your most recent CV.
  • Prospective Postdoctoral Researchers should direct their inquiries to Prof. Ayitou.
  • The AJA Group @ Illinois Tech
  • Office: +1 (312) 567-3454
    Lab: +1 (312) 567-3871
  • Department of Chemistry
    Illinois Institute of Technology
    Life Sciences Building LS 336, Labs LS 334 & 336
    3101 S. Dearborn St.
    Chicago, IL 60616
  • ajagroup.iit@gmail.com

Funding & Sponsors

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