Alaa O Ballouli

Ala’a Ossama El-Ballouli

PhD Student

Research Interests

Continuous-flow synthesis and size-separation of quantum dots for their assembly in solar cells.

Selected Publications

  • Quantum Confinement-Tunable Ultrafast Charge Transfer at the PbS Quantum Dot and PCBM Fullerene Interface
    El-Ballouli, A. O; Alarousu, E.; Bernardi, M.; Aly, S. M.; Lagrow, A. P.; Bakr, O. M.; Mohammed, O. F.
    JACS, 136, 6952–6959, (2014)
  • Real-Time Observation of Ultrafast Intraband Relaxation and Exciton Multiplication in PbS Quantum Dots
    El-Ballouli, A. O; Alarousu, E.; Usman, A.; Pan, J; Bakr, O. M.; Mohammed, O. F.
    ACS Photonics, 3, 285-292, (2014)
  • Automated Synthesis of Photovoltaic-Quality Colloidal Quantum Dots using Separate Nucleation and Growth Stages
    Pan, J.; El-Ballouli, A. O; Rollny, L.; Voznyy, O.; Burlakov, V.; Goriely, A.; Sargent, E. H; Bakr, M. O.
    ACS Nano, 7, 10158–10166, (2013)

  • Bis(Carbazolyl) Derivatives of Pyrene and Tetrahydropyrene: Synthesis, Structures, Optical Properties, Electrochemistry, and Electroluminescence
    B. R. Kaafarani, A. O. El-Ballouli, R. Trattnig, A. Fonari, S. Sax, B. Wex, C. Risko, R. S. Khnayzer, S. Barlow, D. Patra, T. V. Timofeeva, E. J. W. List, J.-L. Brédas, S. R. Marder 
    J. Mater. Chem. C, 1, 1638-1650., (2013)

  • Fluorescent Detection of Anions by Dibenzophenazine-Based Sensors
    A. O. El-Ballouli, Y. Zhang, S. Barlow, S. Marder, M. H. Al-Sayah, B. R. Kaafarani 
    Tetrahedron., 53, 661-665, (2012)

  • Novel Quinoxalinophenanthrophenazine-Based Molecules as Sensors for Anions: Synthesis and Binding Investigations
    F. S. Raad, A. O. El-Ballouli, R. M. Moustafa, M. H. Al-Sayah, B. R. Kaafarani
    Tetrahedron, 66, 2944-2952, (2010)

  • Solvent-induced configuration mixing and triplet excited-state inversion: insights from transient absorption and transient dc photoconductivity measurements
    C. She, A. A. Rachford, X. Wang, S. Geob, A. O. El-Ballouli, F. N. Castellano, J.T. Hupp  
    Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 11, 8586 – 8591, (2009)


  • M.Sc., Organic Chemistry, Department of Chemistry, American University of Beirut, Beirut, Lebanon, 2011
  • B.Sc., Chemistry, Department of Chemistry, American University of Beirut, Beirut, Lebanon , 2008

Professional Profile

  • 2011–2012: Instructor, College of Science and General Studies at Alfaisal University, Riyadh, KSA
  • 2008- 2011: Graduate Assistant, Department of Chemistry at the American University of Beirut, Beirut, Lebanon
  • 2008: Internship, Center of Photochemical Sciences, Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, USA


B.S. in Chemistry with High Distinction, AUB, 2008
J. Materials Chem. C Poster award, ICFE-PV, KSA, Nov. 3-5 2013