Center for Sustainable Energy at Notre Dame

Sylwia Ptasinska


Sylwia Ptasinska

Office:  311 Nieuwland Science Hall

Phone:  574-631-1846


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Current Position
Associate Professor of Biophysics, Department of Physics

M.Sc., Maria Curie-Sklodowska University, Lublin, Poland
Ph.D., Leopold-Franzens-University, Innsbruck, Austria
Habilitation, Leopold-Franzens-University, Innsbruck, Austria

Research Interests
The Ptasinska group effort is to develop realistic physicochemical mechanisms occurring at the interphase of water/semiconductor surfaces, with specific emphasis on energy-related materials. We use an advanced in situ technique, that enables us to explore the relationships between semiconductor electronic properties with local interfacial chemistry. This scientific approach offers better understanding of chemical reactivity at interfaces and aids in achieving higher photoconversion efficiency and stability of solar photovoltaic devices for hydrogen production.

Key Words
Surface Science, Semiconductors, In Situ Spectroscopy, Photovoltaics

Relevant Energy Publications

  1. W. Huang, J.S. Manser, S. Sadhu, P.V Kamat, S. Ptasinska - Direct Observation of Reversible Transformation of CH3NH3PbI3 and NH4PbI3 Induced by Polar Gaseous Molecules. Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters 7 (2016) 7 5068-5073.
  2. X. Zhang, S. Ptasinska – Electronic and chemical structure of the H2O/GaN(0001) interface under ambient conditions. Scientific Reports 6 (2016) 24848.
  3. W. Huang, J. Manser, P.V. Kamat, S. Ptasinska - Evolution of Chemo-structural Composition and Photovoltaic Efficiency of CH3NH3PbI3 Perovskite under Ambient Conditions. Chemistry of Materials 28 (2016) 303-3011.
  4. A.R. Milosavljević, W. Huang, S. Sadhu, S. Ptasinska - Low‐Energy Electron‐Induced Transformations in Organolead Halide Perovskite. Angewandte Chemie International Edition 128 (2016) 10237-10241.
  5. X. Zhang, S. Ptasinska - Heterogeneous Oxygen-containing Species Formed via Oxygen or Water Dissociative Adsorption onto a Gallium Phosphide Surface. Topics in Catalysis 59 (2016) 564-573.