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Bin Hu



Dr. Bin Hu received his Ph.D in Condensed Matter Physics from Chinese Academy of Sciences in 1991. His dissertation research was conducting polymers with the focus on interchain interaction effects on energy-band structure and dynamic processes of excited states. In 1992, Dr. Hu joined Department of Polymer Science and Engineering at University of Massachusetts/Amherst as a postdoctoral research fellow where he conducted the research on the development of advanced organic light-emitting diodes and solar cells using multi-component polymer blends. In 1995, Dr. Hu continued his polymer research at UMass/Amherst as a research scientist working on nano-morphology enhanced light-emitting, lasing, and photovoltaic functionalities of organic semicondcuting polymers. In 1998, Dr. Hu joined SICPA Securink Inc. as a senior research scientist where he led the R&D research on polymer polarized optical imaging technologies and organic two photon light-emitting materials. In 2002, Dr. Hu joined the faculty at University of Tennessee as an assistant Professor. Dr. Hus current research focuses on spin injection and magnetic field effects on optoelectronic processes of singlet and triplet excited states in organic light-emitting, lasing, and photovoltaic devices. The research activities include polymer synthesis and processing, device fabrication, and magneto-optoelectronic characterizations. The research objective is to control the constructive and non-constructive interactions of singlet and triplet excited states by using spin injection and magnetic field effects for the development next-generation organic semiconductor devices. Dr, Hu has authored or co-authored more than 80 scientific journal papers and has contributed to more than 40 oral presentations at national and international conferences including invited talks in APS, ACS, and SPIE meetings.


  • Magnetic studies of exciton-exciton and exciton-charge interactions in organic light-emitting and photovoltaic devices
  • Magnetic control of constructive and non-constructive excited state and charge transport processes in organic semiconducting materials
  • Spin injection and polarization effects on electroluminescence in organic light-emitting diodes
  • Singlet and triplet photovoltaic channels in organic solar cells.


Ph.D., Chinese Academy of Sciences: Magnetically Controllable Optical and Electronic Properties in Organic Light-Emitting Diodes, Solar Cells, and Lasing Devices, Photophysics of Organic Semiconductors, Laser Spectroscopy of Organic Materials. 

Professional Service

  • Member, American Physical Society
  • Member, Materials Research Society
  • Member, American Chemical Society

Awards and Recognitions

2019, 2014, 2010 College of Engineering Research Achievement Award
2010 College of Engineering Research Fellow Award
2008 Chancellor’s Research and Creative Achievement Professional Promise Award
2008 College of Engineering Research Fellow Award
2008 Departmental Faculty Award for Excellence in Research
2007 National Science Foundation Career Award


  1. Lei He, Mingxing Li, Augustine Urbas, and Bin Hu, Optically-Tunable Magneto-Capacitance Phenomenon in Organic Semiconducting Materials Developed by Electrical Polarization of Intermolecular Charge-Transfer States, Advanced Materials, DOI: 10.1002/adma.201305965, 2014
  2. Lei He, Mingxing Li, Augustine Urbas, and Bin Hu, Changing Line-Shape in Magnetic Field Effects through Interactions between Excited States in Organic Semiconducting Materials, Phys. Rev. B 89, 155304, 2014
  3. Ming Shao, Liang Yan, Li Mingxing, Ivanov Ilia, and Bin Hu, Triplet-Charge Annihilation versus Triplet-Triplet Annihilation in Organic Semiconductors, Journal of Materials Chemistry C, 1, 1330-1336, 2013
  4. Liang Yan, Min Wang, N.P. Raju, Arthur Epstein, Loon-Seng Tan, Augustine Urbas, Long Y. Chiang, Bin Hu, Magnetocurrent of Charge-Polarizable C60-Diphenylaminofluorene Monoadduct-Derived Magnetic Nanocomposites, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 134, 3549, 2012
  5. Liang Yan, Ming Shao, Hsin Wang, Doug Dudis, Augustine Urbas, and Bin Hu, High Seebeck Effects from Hybrid Metal/Polymer/Metal Thin-Film Devices, Adv. Mater. 23, 4120, 2011
  6. Huidong Zang, Yongye Liang, Luping Yu,* and Bin Hu, Intra-Molecular “Donor-Acceptor” Interaction Effects on Charge Dissociation, Charge Transport, and Charge Collection in Bulk-Heterojunction Organic Solar Cells, Adv. Energ. Mater. 1, 923, 2011
  7. Ming Shao, Liang Yan, Ilia Ivanov, Bin Hu. Giant Magnetic Field Effects on Electroluminescence in Electrochemical Cells, Adv. Mater. 23, 2216, 2011.
  8. Huidong Zang, Zhihua Xu, and Bin Hu, Magneto-optical investigation on formation and dissociation of inter-molecular charge-transfer complexes at donor-acceptor interfaces in organic solar cells, The Journal of Physical Chemistry B. 114, 5704, 2010.
  9. Bin Hu, Liang Yan, and Ming Shao, Magnetic Field Effects in Organic Semiconducting Materials and Devices, Adv. Mater. 21, 1500, 2009.
  10. Zhihua Xu and Bin Hu, Photovoltaic Processes of Singlet and Triplet Excited States in Organic Solar Cells, Adv. Func. Mater. 18, 2611, 2008.
  11. Bin Hu and Yue Wu, Tuning Magnetoresistance between Positive and Negative Values in Organic Semiconductors, Nature Materials6, 985 (2007)
  12. Yue Wu, Bin Hu, and Jane Howe, Tuning Magnetoresistance and Magnetic Field-Dependent Electroluminescence through Mixing Strong-Spin-Orbital-Coupling Molecule and Weak-Spin-Orbital-Coupling Polymer, Phys. Rev. B75, 035214 (2007)
  13. Yue Wu, Anping Li, Jane Howe, Jian Shen, and Bin Hu, Spin Injection from Cobalt Nanodot Electrode in conjugated Polymers, Phys. Review B, 75, 075213 (2007)
  14. Yue Wu and Bin Hu, Metal Electrode Effects on Spin-Orbital Coupling and Magnetoresistance in Organic Semiconducting Materials, Appl. Phys. Lett89, 203510 (2006)
  15. Zhihua Xu, Yue Wu, and Bin Hu, Dissociation Processes of Singlet and Triplet Excitons in Organic Photovoltaic Cells, Appl. Phys. Lett89, 131116 (2006)
  16. Bin Hu, Yue Wu, Zongtao Zhang, Sheng Dai, and Jian Shen, Ferromagnetic Nanowire Effects on Singlet and Triplet Exciton Fractions in Fluorescent and Phosphorescent Organic Semiconductors, Appl. Phys. Lett88, 022114(2006)

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