Leadership

Aram Amassian is founding faculty at the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), near Jeddah, Saudi Arabia and is member of the Solar and Photovoltaic Engineering Research Center (SPERC). Aram leads the Organic Electronics and Photovoltaics laboratory, which focuses on cutting edge scientific and engineering research in the area of emerging photovoltaics. He was awarded the NSERC (Canada) Postdoctoral Fellowship, as well as the American Vacuum Society’s Electronic Materials Postdoctoral Award for his work in the area of plastic electronics. He is the author of more than 60 publications in international peer reviewed journals and has delivered nearly 30 invited talks at international conferences. In 2013, Aram was appointed the SABIC Presidential Chair for his work on solution-processed optoelectronic materials and is a recognized expert for his innovative work in this area.

Guillermo Bazan is a Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry, and Materials at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He has over 490 publications, an h-index of 82, and his work has been recognized by the Arthur C. Cope Scholar Award of the American Chemical Society and the Bessel Award of the Humboldt Foundation. He is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Jean-Luc Brédas is Regents’ Professor of Chemistry at Georgia Tech. He has made seminal contributions to the quantum chemical modeling of conjugated organic materials and their properties. He is a fellow of AAAS, MRS, ACS, OSA, APS, and the Royal Society of Chemistry, and has received the Belgian Francqui Prize, the Italgas (now ENI) Prize, and the European Union Descartes Prize. He has authored over 800 publications.

Veaceslav Coropceanu is a Principal Research Scientist at the Georgia Institute of Technology. His main research interests deal with the theoretical studies of electronic and optical properties of organic and inorganic systems, polaron theory, energy- and electron-transfer phenomena.

Richard Friend holds the Cavendish Professorship of Physics at the University of Cambridge. His research encompasses the physics, materials science and engineering of semiconductor devices made with carbon-based semiconductors, particularly polymers. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society and of the Royal Academy of Engineering and a Foreign Member of the NAE.

Alan Heeger is Professor of Physics and Professor of Materials at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Professor Heeger holds the Presidential Chair at UCSB. Professor Heeger was awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in the year 2000 “for the discovery and development of conducting polymers”. His current research is focused on “plastic” solar cells and on Field Effect transistors fabricated from semiconducting polymers.

Bernard Kippelen is the Joseph M. Pettit Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology, located in Atlanta, Georgia, USA. His research interests range from the investigation of fundamental physical processes (nonlinear optical activity, charge transport, light harvesting and emission) in organic-based nanostructured thin films, to the design, fabrication and testing of light-weight flexible optoelectronic devices based on hybrid printable materials. He is a co-founder and co-President of the Institut Lafayette, an innovation platform located on Georgia Tech’s European campus Georgia Tech Lorraine (Metz, France), and serves as Director of the Center for Organic Photonics and Electronics on the Georgia Tech campus in Atlanta.

Seth R. Marder is Regents’ Professor of Chemistry at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta (Georgia Tech) where he holds The Georgia Power Chair in Energy Efficiency. He is also Associate Director of The Center for Organic Photonics and Electronics (COPE) at Georgia Tech. Professor Marder is known for his contributions to the development of organic materials for electronic and opto-electronic applications. He is a fellow of the AAAS, SPIE, OSA, APS, MRS, and the Royal Society of Chemistry. He has authored over 390 publications and holds 30 patents.

Michael D. McGehee is a Professor in the Materials Science and Engineering Department and a Senior Fellow of the Precourt Institute for Energy.  His research interests are patterning materials at the nanometer length scale, semiconducting polymers and solar cells.  He won the 2007 Materials Research Society Outstanding Young Investigator Award.

Thuc-Quyen Nguyen is a professor in the Center for Polymers and Organic Solids and the Chemistry & Biochemistry Department at University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB). Her current research interests are structure-function-property relationships in organic semiconductors, electronic properties of conjugated polyelectrolytes, interfaces in optoelectronic devices, charge transport in organic semiconductors and biological systems, and device physics. She has co-authored over 160 publications. Recognition for her research includes the 2005 Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Award, the 2006 National Science Foundation CAREER Award, the 2007 Harold Plous Award (one of the UCSB’s two most prestigious faculty honors), the 2008 Camille Dreyfus Teacher Scholar Award, the 2009 Alfred Sloan Research Fellows, and the 2010 National Science Foundation American Competitiveness and Innovation Fellows.

John R. Reynolds is a Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry, and Materials Science and Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology. He serves as a member of the Center for Organic Photonics and Electronics (COPE) and Director of the Georgia Tech Polymer Network (GTPN). His research interests have involved electrically conducting and electroactive conjugated polymers with work focused to the development of new polymers by manipulating their fundamental organic structure in order to control their optoelectronic and redox properties. He has published over 325 peer-reviewed scientific papers, holds 25 patents, served as co-editor of the “Handbook of Conducting Polymers”, and is a recipient of the ACS Award in Applied Polymer Science.

Natalie Stingelin (Stutzmann) FRSC is a Professor of Functional Organic Materials, Imperial College, with prior positions at the Cavendish Laboratory, University of Cambridge, UK;  the Philips Research Laboratories, Eindhoven, The Netherlands; and ETH Zürich, Switzerland. She also was an External Senior Fellow at the Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies and is Associate Editor of the RSC journal ‘Journal of Materials Chemistry C’. She has published >100 papers, has 4 granted patents and 4 pending applications. She received a prestigious €1.2 Million ERC Starting Independent Researcher Award in 2011 and is, among other things, a Co-I of the newly established EPSRC Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Large Area Electronics.

Michael Toney is a distinguished staff scientist and head of the Materials Sciences Division at the Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Lightsource (SSRL), part of the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory. He is a pioneer in the use of X-ray diffraction and small angle X-ray scattering for the determination of molecular and mesoscale structure of organic and polymeric thin films and for the determination of atomic structure of electrode-electrolyte interfaces. He has more than 350 refereed publications on these and related topics.

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