Andrew H. Proppe

Andrew H. Proppe

Alumnus, PhD (Chemistry), 2019


Born and raised in in Montréal, Québec, Andrew Proppe received his B.Sc. in Chemistry from Concordia University in 2014. He began his doctoral studies in the Department of Chemistry at Princeton University in the lab of Gregory Scholes, researching the photophysics of light harvesting in photosynthetic systems using ultrafast spectroscopy. In 2016, he transferred his studies to the University of Toronto under the supervision of Shana Kelley and Ted Sargent, obtaining his PhD in Chemistry in 2019. Andrew’s doctoral research studied the synthesis, photophysics, and applications of low-dimensional nanomaterials in optoelectronic devices such as LEDs and photovoltaics. He has published several papers studying the mechanisms of energy transfer and charge transfer in quantum dot solids and low-dimensional perovskites, and the influence of ligands on perovskite solar cell performance and photophysics. Between 2016 and 2019, Andrew was a member of the Bioinspired Solar Energy team, a CIFAR program designed to learn from photosynthetic organisms in order to devise new approaches to harvest, transport, and use solar energy. Andrew is currently an NSERC postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Chemistry at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, studying single photon emitters for applications in quantum technologies.