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Felix N. Castellano

Goodnight Innovation Distinguished Professor

NC State University, Department of Chemistry
851 Main Campus Dr., Raleigh NC 27606.


  • Director, Center for Photochemical Sciences, Bowling Green State University (10/11 – 8/13)
  • Professor, Department of Chemistry, Bowling Green State University (5/06 – 8/13)
  • Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry, Bowling Green State University (5/04 – 4/06)
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry, Bowling Green State University (8/98 – 4/04)
    Principal Member, Center for Photochemical Sciences (8/98 – 8/13)
  • Postdoctoral Associate, Center for Fluorescence Spectroscopy, University of Maryland School of Medicine (9/96 – 6/98), Research Advisor: Prof. J.R. Lakowicz
  • Ph.D. (1996) Johns Hopkins University, Chemistry, Research Advisor: Prof. G.J. Meyer
  • M.A. (1993) Johns Hopkins University, Chemistry, Research Advisor: Prof. G.J. Meyer
  • B.A. (1991) Clark University, Chemistry, Research Advisor: Prof. F.T. Greenaway

Research interests

Current research focuses on metal-organic chromophore photophysics and energy transfer, excited state engineering, photochemical upconversion phenomena, solar fuels photocatalysis, energy transduction at semiconductor/molecular interfaces, excited state electron transfer processes, and metal-metal interactions using an array of ultrafast and conventional spectroscopic techniques including transient absorption, photoluminescence, infrared, and fluorescence upconversion.

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M. Fang, Y. Wang, H. Wang, Y. Hou, E. Vetter, Y. Kou, W. Yang, L. Yin, Z. Xiao, Z. Li, L. Jiang, H. N. Lee, S. Zhang, R. Wu, X. Xu, D. Sun, et al.Tuning the interfacial spin-orbit coupling with ferroelectricity, Nature Comm. 11, 2627 (2020). Link

A.Salehi, C. Dong, D. Shin, L. Zhu, C. Papa, A.T. Bui, N.F. Castellano, F. So Nat. Commun. Realization of high-efficiency fluorescent organic light-emitting diodes with low driving voltage. DOI: (2019). Link

A.-Latif, R.W. Epps, C.B. Kerr, C.M. Papa, N.F. Castellano, M. Abolhasani, Facile Room-Temperature Anion Exchange Reactions of Inorganic Perovskite Quantum Dots Enabled by a Modular Microfluidic Platform, M. Adv. Funct. Mater19900712 DOI: 10.1002/adfm.201900712 (2019). Link

Karki S., Pran, P., Rajan, G., B. Belfore, D. Poudel, A. Rockett, E. Danilov, N.F. Castellano, A. Arehart, S. Marsillac, Analysis of Recombination Mechanisms in RbF-Treated CIGS Solar Cells, IEEE J PHOTOVOLT, 9(1), 313 (2019). Link

J.C. Deaton, C.M. Taliaferro, C.L. Pitman, R. Czerwieniec, E. Jakubikova, A.J.M. Miller, F.N.  Castellano, Excited-State Switching between Ligand-Centered and Charge Transfer Modulated by Metal–Carbon Bonds in Cyclopentadienyl Iridium Complexes, Inorg. Chem. 57, 15445 (2018). Link

Mongin, P. Moroz, M. Zamkov, F.N. Castellano, Thermally Activated Delayed Photoluminescence from Pyrenyl-Functionalized CdSe Quantum Dots., Nature Chem.10(2), 225. Link

Boice, G.N.; Garakyaraghi, S.; Patrick, B.O.; Sanz, C.A.; Castellano, F.N.; Hicks, R.G., Diastereomerically-Differentiated Excited State Behavior in Ruthenium(II) Hexafluoroacetylacetonate Complexes of Diphenyl Thioindigo Diimine, Inorg. Chem. 57 (3), 1386 (2018). Link

A. Chakraborty, J.E. Yarnell, R.D. Sommer, S. Roy, F.N. Castellano, Excited-State Processes of Cyclometalated Platinum(II) Charge-Transfer Dimers Bridged by Hydroxypyridines, Inorg. Chem. 201857(3), 1298–1310. Link

A. O.; McCusker, C. E.; Castellano, F. N.; Ostrowski, A. D., Restricted Photoinduced Conformational Change in the Cu(I) Complex for Sensing Mechanical Properties. Razgoniaev, ACS Macro Lett. 6, 920-924 (2017). link

Wang, J.; Deloach, A.; Jiang, W.; Papa, C. M.; Myahkostupov, M.; Castellano, F. N.; Liu, F.; Dougherty, D. B., Tuning interfacial spin filters from metallic to resistive within a single organic semiconductor family, Phys. Rev. B, 2017, 95, 241410. link

Garakyaraghi, S.; Koutnik, P.; Castellano, F. N., Photoinduced Structural Distortions and Singlet-Triplet Intersystem Crossing in Cu(I) MLCT Excited States Monitored by Optically Gated Fluorescence Spectroscopy, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys. DOI: 10.1039/C7CP03343E (2017). link

J. C.; Castellano, F. N., Archetypal Iridium (III) Compounds for Optoelectronic and Photonic Applications: Photophysical Properties and Synthetic Methods. Deaton, Iridium (III) in Optoelectronic and Photonics Applications. DOI: 10.1002/9781119007166.ch1 (2017). link

Koch, M.; Myahkostupov, M.; Oblinsky, D. G.; Wang, S.; Garakyaraghi, S.; Castellano, F. N.; Scholes, G.D., Charge Localization after Ultrafast Photoexcitation of Rigid Perylene Perylenediimide Dyad Visualized by Transient Stark Effect, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 139 , pp 5530 (2017). link

Garakyaraghi, S.; Mongin, C.; Granger, D.; Anthony, J. E.; Castellano, F. N., Delayed Molecular Triplet Generation from Lead Sulfide Quantum Dots, J. Phys. Chem. Lett. 8, 1458 (2017). link

Castellano, F. N., Inorganic chemistry: Making iron glow, Nature 2017, 543, 627–628. DOI:10.1038/543627a. link

I; Yi,X.; Shewmon, N.T.; Klump, E.D.; Peng, C.; Garakyaraghi, S.; Lo, C.K.; Reynolds, J.R.; Castellano, F.N.; So, F., Effect of Polymer-Fullerene Interaction on the Dielectric Properties of the Blend. Constantinou, Adv. Energy Mater. 7, 1601947 (2017). link

Younts, R.; Duan, H-S.; Gautam, B.; Saparov, B; Castellano, F.N.; Mitzi, D.; Gundogdu, K., Efficient Generation of Long-lived Triplet Excitons in 2D Hybrid Perovskite, Adv. Mater. 2017, 29, 1604278. link

Mongin, C.; Golden, J.H.; Castellano, F.N., Liquid PEG Polymers Containing Antioxidants: A Versatile Platform for Studying Oxygen Sensitive Photochemical Processes., ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces 8, 24038 (2016). Issue Cover Sept. 2016. link

Garakyaraghi, S.; Crapps, P. D.; McCusker, C. E.; Castellano, F. N., Cuprous Phenanthroline MLCT Chromophore Featuring Synthetically Tailored Photophysics.  Inorg. Chem.  55, 10628 (2016). link

Mongin, C.; Garakyaraghi, S.; Razgoniaeva, N.; Zamkov, M.; Castellano, F.N., Direct Observation of Triplet Energy Transfer from Semiconductor Nanocrystals,  Science 2016, 351, 369-372. link

Brown-Xu, S.; Kelley, M.; Fransted, K.; Chakraborty, A.; Schatz, G.; Castellano, F.N.; Chen, L.X., Tunable Excited State Properties and Dynamics as a Function of Pt-Pt Distance in Pyrazolate-Bridged Pt(II) Dimers, J. Phys. Chem. A 2016, 120, 543-550. link

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