Professor Schlenker received his B.S. in Chemistry from Linfield College in 2004. He then conducted graduate research with Professor Mark E. Thompson at University of Southern California, studying photophysics of organic optoelectronic devices. After earning his Ph.D. in Chemistry, he worked with Professor David S. Ginger at University of Washington, studying excited-state dynamics of semiconducting polymers as an NSF SEES Postdoctoral Fellow. In 2014 he joined the University of Washington Department of Chemistry Faculty as an Assistant Professor, where he is also a member of the UW Clean Energy Institute (CEI), and the Molecular Engineering & Sciences Institute. His research group focuses on monitoring and manipulating electronic dynamics at various complex chemical interfaces, such as those involved in rechargeable battery chemistries, solar photocatalysts, next-generation photovoltaics, and heavy-atom free photon upconversion systems. He has been recognized with a number of honors, including being named an NSF CAREER Award recipient, a Journal of the American Chemical Society Young Investigator, an ACS Applied Energy Materials Young Investigator, Washington Research Foundation Innovation Assistant Professor in Chemistry and Clean Energy, and Bernard and Claudine Nist Endowed Faculty Fellow.
- Ultrafast spectroscopy reveals electron transfer cascade that improves hydrogen evolution with carbon nitride photocatalysts," Corp, K.L. and Schlenker, C.W., J. Am. Chem. Soc., 139 (23), 7904–7912, 2017
- "Heavy-Atom Free Red-to-Yellow Photon Upconversion in a Thiosquaraine Composite," Pristash, S.R.; Corp, K.L.; Rabe, E.J.; Schlenker, C.W., ACS Appl. Energy Mater. 2020, 3, 1, 19-28
- "Control of Excited-State Proton-Coupled Electron Transfer by Ultrafast Pump-Push-Probe Spectroscopy in Heptazine-Phenol Complexes: Implications for Photochemical Water Oxidation," Corp, K. L.; Rabe, E. J.; Huang, X.; Ehrmaier, J.; Kaiser, J. E.; Sobolewski, A. L.; Domcke, W.; Schlenker, C. W., J. Phys. Chem. C, 2020, 124, 17, 9151-9160 .