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Jean-Lou Chameau

President of King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), Thuwal, Saudi Arabia


Dr. Jean-Lou Chameau took office as President of King Abdullah University of Science & Technology (KAUST) in Saudi Arabia on July 1, 2013. Dr. Chameau is President Emeritus of the California Institute of Technology - Caltech - in the United States, which he led for seven years prior to joining KAUST.

After receiving his engineering degree in France at the Ecole Nationale Superieure des Arts et Metiers and earning his PhD in civil engineering from Stanford University, he had a distinguished career as a professor and administrator at Purdue University and the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech). He then served as president of Golder Associates, a geotechnical consulting company, before returning to Georgia Tech as Georgia Research Alliance Eminent Scholar and vice provost for research. He became dean of its college of engineering, the largest in the United State, and then provost and vice president for academic affairs.

Throughout his career, he has been committed to fostering excellence in science and technology, as well as promoting a multidisciplinary approach to research and education. He encouraged the development of programs in such areas as energy, medical science, and the environment, which can provide the dramatic scientific advances and new technologies society is seeking. He also promoted industry-university partnerships and the involvement of universities in economic development, including the development of new businesses and emphasis on advancing entrepreneurial and international opportunities for faculty and students.

He has served on a number of public and industry boards, including the Council on Competitiveness, John Wiley & Sons, MTS, Safran and the Academic Research Council of Singapore. He has received numerous awards for his contributions as an educator and university leader. He is a member of both the French Académie des Technologies and the U.S. National Academy of Engineering.



Jean Fréchet

Vice President of Research at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), Thuwal, Saudi Arabia


Professor Jean Fréchet, an accomplished chemist and researcher, is Vice President for Research at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology.

Professor Fréchet joined KAUST in June 2010 from the University of California, Berkeley, where he was the Henry Rapoport Chair of Organic Chemistry and Professor of Chemical Engineering. While at Berkeley, he also served as a principal investigator in the Materials Science Division of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and the Scientific Director of the Organic and Macromolecular Facility for the Molecular Foundry at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.

In his role at KAUST, Professor Fréchet is a leader in developing strategies and managing resources to support interdisciplinary, collaborative research bridging science and engineering. In this position, he is tasked to facilitate scientific achievements and technological innovations for KAUST to realize its vision of becoming a globally renowned research university with an entrepreneurial culture.

Professor Fréchet, a polymer chemist best known for his contributions in a wide range of fields, including modern electronics and biotechnology, has authored approximately 900 scientific papers and 80 US Patents, has nearly 60,000 citations with an H-index of 124.

Among his many accomplishments, Professor Fréchet developed chemically amplified photoresists, a combination of advanced materials and methods, which today enables the production of all the state-of-the-art logic and memory chips used in computers, phones, automobiles, etc. Other notable achievements included dendrimers and polymers and their application in medicine and polymers for separation technologies with his most recent work focused on materials for energy applications.

Recently it was announced he was awarded co-recipient of the 2013 Japan Prize – a highly prestigious award that acknowledges original and outstanding achievements in science and technology which are recognized as having 'advanced the frontiers of knowledge and served the cause of peace and prosperity for mankind.'


Karl Leo

Institut für Angewandte Photophysik, Technische Universität Dresden and King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), Thuwal, Saudi Arabia


Karl Leo obtained the Diplomphysiker degree from the University of Freiburg in 1985,  working with Adolf Goetzberger at the Fraunhofer-Institut für Solare Energiesysteme. In 1988, he obtained the PhD degree from the University of Stuttgart for a PhD thesis performed at the Max-Planck-Institut für Festkörperforschung in Stuttgart under supervision of Hans Queisser. From 1989 to 1991, he was postdoc at AT&T Bell Laboratories in Holmdel, NJ, U.S.A. From 1991 to 1993, he was with the Rheinisch-Westfälische Technische Hochschule (RWTH) in Aachen, Germany. Since 1993, he is full professor of optoelectronics at the Technische Universität Dresden, until 2013, he has been also working at the Fraunhofer-Institution for Organics, Materials and Electronic Devices COMEDD.

His main interests are novel semiconductor systems like semiconducting organic thin films; with special emphasis to understand basics device principles and the optical response. His work was recognized by the following awards: Otto-Hahn-Medaille (1989), Bennigsen-Förder-Preis (1991), Leibniz-Award (2002), award of the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy (2002), Manfred-von-Ardenne-Preis (2006), and Zukunftspreis of the German president (2011). He is cofounder of several companies, including Novaled AG and Heliatek GmbH.


Donal Bradley

Department of Physics and Centre for Plastic Electronics, Imperial College London, UK


Donal Bradley CBE is Lee-Lucas Professor of Experimental Physics, Director of the Centre for Plastic Electronics and Vice-Provost for Research at Imperial College London. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society (FRS), Institute of Physics (FInstP) and Institution of Engineering and Technology (FIET) and has received many awards for his research including the RS Bakerian Lecture and the IOP and IET Faraday Medals. Professor Bradley’s publications number > 560, with > 43,000 citations (h-index = 88 (ISI Web of Knowledge)).  He is a co-inventor of conjugated polymer electroluminescence and co-founded Cambridge Display Technology (Sumitomo Chemical) and Molecular Vision (Abingdon Health)

Zhenan Bao

Department of Chemical Engineering, Stanford University, USA


Zhenan Bao is a Professor of Chemical Engineering at Stanford University, and by courtesy a Professor of Chemistry, Material Science and Engineering. Prior to joining Stanford in 2004, she was a Distinguished Member of Technical Staff in Bell Labs, Lucent Technologies from 1995-2004. She has over 300 refereed publications and 39 US patents.  She is a Fellow of SPIE, ACS, AAAS, and ACS PMSE. She is a recipient of the ACS Polymer Division Carl S. Marvel Creative Polymer Chemistry Award 2013, ACS Author Cope Scholar Award 2011, Royal Society of Chemistry Beilby Medal and Prize 2009, IUPAC Creativity in Applied Polymer Science Prize 2008, American Chemical Society Team Innovation Award 2001, R&D 100 Award 2001. 

She was selected by MIT Technology Review magazine in 2003 as one of the top 100 young innovators. She is among the world’s top 100 materials scientists who achieved the highest citation impact scores for their papers published since January 2000 by Thomson Reuters.


George Malliaras

Department of Bioelectronics, Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Mines, France


Professor George Malliaras received a PhD in Mathematics and Physical Sciences from the University of Groningen, did a postdoc at the IBM Almaden Research Center, then joined the faculty of Materials Science and Engineering at Cornell University.

He currently heads the Department of Bioelectronics at the Centre Microélectronique de Provence. He has received awards from the NY Academy of Sciences, the US National Science Foundation, and DuPont, and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry.


John Anthony

Department of Chemistry and Center for Applied Energy Research, University of Kentucky, USA


John Anthony received his B.A. in chemistry from Reed College and performed doctoral research with Prof. François Diederich at the University of California Los Angeles and at the ETH in Zürich. He returned to UCLA for postdoctoral studies with Prof. Yves Rubin. Since 1996 he has been in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Kentucky, where he develops new organic materials for display, power generation and bioimaging applications.  He has published more than 200 papers and holds several patents on organic materials, and his awards include an NSF CAREER award and the U.K. Libraries Medallion for Intellectual Achievement.


Yves Geerts

Faculté des Sciences, Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium


Yves Geerts has obtained his Ph.D. from the University of Brussels (ULB). He has been postdoc with Klaus Müllen (MPI-P) and with Richard Schrock (Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2005) at MIT.

Since 1999, he is Professor of Chemistry at the ULB. His research interests are centered around molecular materials for optoelectronic applications. He has coordinated several Europrean projects: FP5-DISCEL, FP6-NAIMO, and FP7-ONE-P.

More details are available at : http://www.ulb.ac.be/sciences/chimpoly

Oana Jurchescu


Department of Physics, Wake Forest University, USA


Oana Jurchescu joined the Physics faculty at Wake Forest University in 2009.  She received her PhD in 2006 from University of Groningen, the Netherlands, and was a postdoctoral researcher at the National Institute of Standards and Technology. Dr. Jurchescu is the recipient of the National Science Foundation CAREER award (2013), the Reid-Doyle Prize for Excellence in Teaching Award (2013), and the ORAU Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Award (2010). She is an associate editor of Journal of Electronic Materials and serves as program committee member for the Electronic Materials Conference, Device Research Conference and the International Semiconductor Device Research Symposium.



David Mitzi


Photovoltaic Science and Technology group at IBM, USA


David Mitzi received a B.S.E. in Electrical Engineering from Princeton University in 1985 and a Ph.D. in Applied Physics from Stanford University in 1990. In 1990, he joined the IBM  T. J. Watson Research Center and initiated a program examining structure-property relationships, low-cost thin-film deposition techniques and device applications for a variety of electronic materials (e.g., oxides, halides, chalcogenides).

Currently, he manages the Photovoltaic Science and Technology group at IBM and focuses on developing solution-processed high-performance inorganic semiconductors for thin-film PV devices. 

He holds a number of patents and has authored or coauthored more than 170 papers and book chapters.


Edward Sargent


Electrical Engineering, University of Toronto, Canada


Ted Sargent holds the Canada Research Chair in Nanotechnology at the University of Toronto, where he is a KAUST Investigator. He earned the B.Sc. (Engineering Physics) from Queen's in 1995 and the PhD from University of Toronto in 1998.

He is Fellow of the AAAS “...for distinguished contributions to the development of solar cells and light sensors based on solution-processed semiconductors” and is Fellow of the IEEE “... for contributions to colloidal quantum dot optoelectronic devices.”

His work has been published in Nature, Science, Nature Nanotechnology, Nature Chemistry, Nature Materials, and Nature Photonics. He is founder and CTO of InVisage Technologies (Menlo Park) and is a co-founder of Xagenic (Toronto).


Osman Bakr


Materials Science and Engineering, Physical Sciences and Engineering Division at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), Thuwal, Saudi Arabia


Osman M. Bakr is an Assistant Professor in the Physical Sciences and Engineering Division at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST).  He is also a principal investigator in the KAUST Solar and Photovoltaic Engineering Research Center. Bakr earned his B.Sc. in Materials Science and Engineering from MIT (2003) as well as a M.S. and Ph.D. in Applied Physics from Harvard University (2009). He was a post-doctoral fellow in the Laboratory for Nanoscale Optics at Harvard University.

Bakr joined KAUST in 2010, and currently leads a group interested in the synthesis, size-separation, and assembly of organic-inorganic hybrid nanomaterials of novel optical and electronic properties that are relevant to photovoltaic, photonic, and optoelectronic devices. He is a recipient of the King Abdullah Scholar Award and the endowed SABIC Presidential Chair.


Reinhold Dauskardt

Materials Science & Engineering, Stanford University, USA

Reinhold H. Dauskardt is the Bowes Professor and Associate Department Chair of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering with additional appointments in Mechanical Engineering, the Biodesign Institute and the Department of Surgery.  His research group works on integrating new materials into emerging device and energy technologies and on the biomechanics of human skin and soft tissues.

He is an internationally recognized expert on the thermomechanial reliability of device technologies for which he was awarded the Semiconductor Industry Association University Researcher Award in 2010. He is a Fellow of the American Ceramics Society (2008), and ASM International (2010).



Tatsuo Hasegawa


National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), Japan

Tatsuo Hasegawa was born in Hyogo prefecture, Japan in 1964. He obtained his B. Eng. (1988), M. Eng. (1990) and D. Eng. (1993) degrees from the University of Tokyo. He was a research associate at the University of Tokyo (1992 -1997), and then was an associate professor at Hokkaido University (1997 - 2003). He also stayed as a visiting researcher at solid-state physics laboratory at ETH Zürich (2001 -2002).

Since 2003, he has been a senior research scientist at National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), and since 2011 the Deputy Director of Flexible Electronics Research Center there. He has worked on solid-state physics and development of functional organic pi-conjugated materials. His research is now mainly focused on organic electronics and printed electronics.




Atif Shamim


Electrical Engineering, Computer, Electrical and Mathematical Sciences and Engineering Division, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), Thuwal, Saudi Arabia


Atif Shamim – received his M.A.Sc. and Ph.D degrees in electrical engineering at Carleton University, Canada in 2004 and 2009 respectively and is currently an Assistant Professor in KAUST. Dr. Shamim was the recipient of the best paper prize at the EuWiT Conference in 2008. He was given the OCRI Researcher of the Year Award in 2008 and ITAC SMC Award at CMC TEXPO in 2007. He also won numerous business related awards, including 1st prize in Canada’s national business plan competition (2009) and OCRI Entrepreneur of the year award in 2010.  He has authored/co-authored over 70 international publications and is an inventor on 8 patents. His research interests are in integrated on-chip antennas, low power system-on-chip (SoC) designs and advanced system-on-package (SoP) designs in multilayer LTCC, LCP, and paper substrates through screen and inkjet printing techniques. Dr. Shamim serves on the editorial board of IEEE Transactions on Antennas and Propagation.



Martyn McLachlan


Department of Materials and Centre for Plastic Electronics, Imperial College London, UK

Martyn McLachlan is currently a Lecturer in the Department of Materials and a member of the Centre for Plastic Electronics at Imperial College London.

He completed his PhD in 2004 at the University of Glasgow before joining Imperial as a post-doctoral researcher. He was awarded a Royal Academy of Engineering Research Fellowship (2007-2012), being appointed as a Lecturer in October 2012.

His research group focuses on the synthesis of metal oxide thin films for electronic applications – specifically interfacial and morphological control of active layers in hybrid (oxide:organic) photovoltaic and light emitting devices.



Husam Alshareef


Materials Science and Engineering, Physical Sciences and Engineering Division, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), Thuwal, Saudi Arabia


Prof. Alshareef obtained his PhD degree in Materials Science & Engineering at NC State University in 1996. He then embarked on a 10-year career in the semiconductor industry, holding positions at Micron Technology and Texas Instruments. There he worked on developing new materials and processes for integrated circuit fabrication.  In 2009 he joined KAUST, where he initiated an active research group focusing on emerging electronics and on energy harvesting and storage.  The author of over 200 articles, he has nearly 60 patents. He has won the UNDP Undergraduate Fellowship, Seth Sprague Physics Award, NC State Dean’s Fellowship, U.S. Department of Education Electronic Materials Fellowship, and the SEMATECH Corporate Excellence Award.

He is Associate Editor for the J. of Electronic Materials and Editor-in-Chief for Materials for Renewable & Sustainable Energy. He is Co-Chair for the 2014 Materials Research Society (MRS) Fall Meeting, and is senior member of IEEE. His students at KAUST won the Dow Sustainability Award, three Academic Excellence Awards, Intel ISEF Award, and SABIC’s Plastic Electronics Innovation Award. His research has been featured in several media outlets.



Bernard Kippelen


Center for Organic Photonics and Electronics, School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, USA


Bernard Kippelen is the Joseph M. Pettit Professor at the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology, located in Atlanta, GA, 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 serves as President of the Lafayette Institute (Metz, France), and as Director of the Center for Organic Photonics and Electronics (Atlanta, USA). He was elected a Fellow of the Optical Society of America (2006), and a Fellow of SPIE (2007).



Scott Watkins


CSIRO Materials Science and Engineering, Australia


Dr Scott Watkins is the Stream Leader for Thin Film Photovoltaics in CSIRO’s Future Manufacturing Flagship and is based in the Division of Materials Science and Engineering, Melbourne, Victoria.

Scott has a PhD in Chemistry from UNSW and has developed research interests which span the synthesis and analysis of new materials through to the fabrication and testing of devices. Between 2000 and 2004 Scott worked on OLEDs with Cambridge Display Technologies in the UK.

Scott joined CSIRO in 2004 and has since led projects on both OLEDs and OPVs and coordinates CSIRO’s involvement in a number of national and international consortia aimed at developing applications of flexible electronics by linking industry with research.



Moritz Riede


Department of Physics, University of Oxford, UK


Before starting as University Lecuterer at the Physics Department of the University of Oxford, UK, in May 2013, Moritz Riede worked for six years as head of the organic solar cell group at the Institut für Angewandte Photophysik (IAPP) of the Technische Universität Dresden, Germany.

His research focus is on small molecule based organic solar cells and he is interested in renewable energies in general.



Guillaume Wantz


Bordeaux Institute of Technology, University of Bordeaux, France


Guillaume Wantz obtained his Master degree from the Graduate School of Chemistry and Physics of Bordeaux in 2001 including a thesis work at Philips Research (Eindhoven, NL) on ink-jet printing. He received his Ph.D. in Electronics Engineering from the University of Bordeaux in 2004 working on Polymer Light Emitting Diodes. He was Assistant Professor at the University of Bordeaux working on Organic Field Effect Transistors. He has been appointed as tenure Associate Professor at the Bordeaux Institute of Technology (IPB) since 2006. His research interest is on Organic Electronics with a focus on polymer photovoltaic solar cells and light-emitting electrochemical cells. He was invited-professor at Queen’s University (Kingston, Ontario, Canada) in Spring 2012. To date, he has published 52 research papers in peer-reviewed international journals and issued 7 patents (h = 15).



Seth Marder

School of Chemistry and Biochemistry and Center for Organic Photonics and Electronics,
Georgia Institute of Technology, USA


Seth Marder is currently the Georgia Power Chair of Energy Efficiency and Regents’ Professor of Chemistry and Materials Science and Engineering (courtesy) at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Dr. Marder is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Optical Society of America, SPIE, the Royal Society of Chemistry, and the American Physical Society (2009), and is a recipient of a 2011 American Chemical Society A.C. Cope Scholar Award.

He has served on the boards for many journals and is the Founding Chair of the Editorial Board for the RSC Journal Materials Horizons.

Thuc-Quyen Nguyen

Chemistry and Biochemistry Department, University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB),



Thuc-Quyen Nguyen is professor in the Chemistry and Biochemistry Department at University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB). She received her Ph.D. degree from the UCLA in 2001. She was a research associate at Columbia University from 2001-2004. In 2004, she started as an assistant professor at UCSB. 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 NSF American Competitiveness and Innovation Fellows.


Michael Toney

Materials Sciences Division Head at Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Lightsource

SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, USA


Michael F. Toney is a senior staff scientist and head of the Materials Sciences Division at the Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Lightsource (SSRL), part of the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory. He leads a research group focused on fundamental and applied studies of advanced materials used for energy storage, use and conversion, primarily utilizing advanced X-ray techniques.

He is a pioneer in the use of X-ray diffraction for in-situ investigations of atomic structure at electrode-electrolyte interfaces and of the molecular structure of organic and polymeric thin films.

He joined SSRL in 2003 after nearly 18 years at the IBM Almaden Research Center.


Lay-Lay Chua

Departments of Chemistry and Physics at the National University of Singapore (NUS), Singapore


Prof. Lay-Lay Chua is a member of faculty of both the Departments of Chemistry and Physics at the National University of Singapore (NUS) since 2008, after earning her PhD from the University of Cambridge (U.K) (2008).  Before embarking on her PhD studies, she worked in the semiconductor industry (1995-2000). She left in 2001 to join Bell Laboratories (New Jersey, U.S.A.) as Member of Technical Staff; then in 2002 to join the University of Cambridge (U.K.) as Research Associate, and returned to Singapore in 2004 to join the NUS as Research Fellow.  She now leads a research group that focuses on several device chemistry aspects that are central to Organic Electronics, including: (i) structure–morphology–property relations (ii) materials development and (iii) energy-level engineering. 


She also runs a programme of research into the functionalisation and development of new applications for solution-processable graphenes and CVD graphene. She has published over 30 articles that have been highly cited in total > 1600 times, and named inventor or co-inventor on over 14 patent applications.  She has delivered several invited lectures at international conferences.  She also appointed the inaugural dual-university assistant professor (NUS-Univ. Cambridge) in 2008.


Natalie Stingelin

Department of Materials, Imperial College London, UK


Natalie Stingelin FRSC is a Reader of Functional Organic Materials, Imperial College, with prior positions at the Cavendish Laboratory, University of Cambridge;  the Philips Research Laboratories, Eindhoven; and ETH Zürich.

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 >90 papers, has 4 granted patents and 4 pending applications.  She received a prestigious €1.2 Million ERC Starting Independent Researcher Award 2011. EPSRC support includes (current): EP/J500021/1, EPSRC: EP/G060738/1 as well as (finished): EP/F056648/2 & TSB DT/F006144/2. She is also a Co-I of the newly granted EPSRC Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Large Area Electronics (EP/K03099X/1). 


Jean-Luc Bredas

School of Chemistry and Biochemistry & Center for Organic Photonics and Electronics,

Georgia Institute of Technology, USA


Jean-Luc Bredas is Regents’ Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry and the Vasser-Woolley and Georgia Research Alliance Chair in Molecular Design at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Since 2000, he holds an Extraordinary Professorship at the University of Mons, Belgium; he is also Adjunct Professor of Chemistry at King Abdulaziz University in Jeddah since 2011.


The research interests of his group focus on the computational characterization and design of novel organic materials of relevance for organic electronics and photonics.


Alberto Salleo

Materials Science and Engineering, Stanford University, USA


Alberto Salleo is an Associate Professor of Materials Science at Stanford University. Alberto Salleo graduated with a PhD in Materials Science from UC Berkeley in 2001. From 2001 to 2005 Salleo was post-doctoral research fellow and member of research staff at Xerox Palo Alto Research Center.

In 2005 Salleo joined the Materials Science and Engineering Department at Stanford. While at Stanford, Salleo won the NSF Career Award, the 3M Untenured Faculty Award, the SPIE Early Career Award and the Tau Beta Pi Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award. Salleo is an Associate Editor of the Journal of Electronic Materials and a Principal Editor of MRS Communications.

Michael McGehee

Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Stanford University, USA


Michael D. McGehee is a Professor in the Materials Science and Engineering Department, Director of the Center for Advanced Molecular Photovoltaics at Stanford University 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 has taught courses on nanotechnology, nanocharacterization, organic semiconductors, polymer science and solar cells. He received his undergraduate degree in physics from Princeton University and his PhD degree in Materials Science from the University of California at Santa Barbara, where he did research on polymer lasers in the lab of Nobel Laureate Alan Heeger. 

He won the 2007 Materials Research Society Outstanding Young Investigator Award and has been ranked by Reuters as the 11th most influential materials scientist in the world.  He is a technical advisor to Next Energy, PLANT PV, Plextronics and Sinovia. His students have founded four solar cell and one transparent electrode startup companies.


Antonio Facchetti

Department of Chemistry, Northwestern University, USA

Antonio Facchetti obtained his Ph.D in Chemical Sciences from the University of Milan. He then carried out postdoctoral research at the University of California-Berkeley and then at Northwestern University where he is currently an Adjunct Professor of Chemistry.

He is a co-founder and currently the Chief Technology Officer of Polyera Corporation. Dr. Facchetti has published about 280 research articles and holds about 60 patents. He received the 2009 Italian Chemical Society Research Prize, the team IDTechEx Printed Electronics Europe Award, and the corporate Flextech Award. He is a Fellow of the Kavli Foundation, of the AAAS, and of the MRS.

Iain McCulloch

Department of Chemistry and Center for Plastic Electronics, Imperial College London, UK


Iain McCulloch is Professor of Polymer Materials in the Department of Chemistry at Imperial College London, with research interests in organic semiconducting polymer design and synthesis for transistors and solar cells.  He was previously Organic Electronics Research Manager at Merck Chemicals.

 He has co-authored over 250 papers, with an h index of 49, is co-inventor on over 60 granted patents, has edited one book and five book chapters, and his achievements have been recognized with awards including the 2009 RSC, Creativity in Industry Prize.  Iain has a PhD in Polymer Chemistry from the University of Strathclyde, UK. 

Pierre Beaujuge


Materials Science and Engineering, Physical Sciences and Engineering Division, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), Thuwal, Saudi Arabia


Pierre Beaujuge received his M.S. from École Nationale Supérieure de Chimie et de Physique of Bordeaux (2006) and his Ph.D. from University of Florida (2009). He worked as a post-doctoral associate at University of California, Berkeley (2009-2010) and in the Materials Sciences Division of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (2010-2011), before joining KAUST in the Spring 2011.

His research interests span the development of (i) polymeric materials and (ii) self-assembling organic and organic-inorganic systems that can address important challenges in the broad areas of Energy and Surface/Interface Engineering

Martin Heeney

Department of Chemistry and Center for Plastic Electronics, Imperial College London, UK


Martin Heeney is a Reader of Materials Chemistry and deputy director of the Plastic Electronics Doctoral Training Centre at Imperial College London. He is a graduate of University of East Anglia, and received his PhD from the same institution in 1999 under the supervision of Prof. Michael Cook.

Following a postdoctoral position with a start-up company in the area of photodynamic therapy, he joined Merck Chemicals in 2000, eventually becoming project leader for the organic electronics team. He made the move to academia in 2007, joining the Materials Department at Queen Mary University of London as a senior lecturer.

In 2009 he moved across London to join the Chemistry Department at Imperial College London. His research interests include the design, synthesis and characterisation of novel organic materials for a variety of optoelectronic applications. He was the recipient of the RSC Corday-Morgan medal in 2013.



Georges Hadziioannou

Department of Chemistry, University of Bordeaux, France

Prof. Georges Hadziioannou is Professor of Chemistry at the University of Bordeaux 1 since 2009. He is also Senior Member of the “Institute Universitaire de France” in the Chair of Physical Chemistry of Polymers and member of the Scientific Counsel of the ARKEMA Corporation. His research covers the areas of design and synthesis of novel functionalized homopolymers and copolymers, and of nanostructured and semiconducting materials with applications in photovoltaic devices as well as in the storage and transport of information.

He received his Master’s degree in Chemistry from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (Greece) in 1975 and his Doctorate in Physical Sciences from the University Louis-Pasteur of Strasbourg in 1980. From 2001 to 2009 he became Professor of chemistry at University Louis-Pasteur (ULP) in Strasbourg (France), Director of the European Engineering School of Chemistry, Polymers and Materials (ECPM) of ULP (2004 to 2009), and Director of the Laboratoire d'Ingénierie des Polymères pour les Hautes Technologies of CNRS from 2001 to 2009.

He has more than 300 publications, an h-index of 57 and 26 patents. He wrote a Textbook on “Polymer Electronics” and he is co-founder of 3 startup companies. He has received the Humboldt Research Award (1998) and the Süe Award (2007) from the French Chemistry Association (SFC).


Dean DeLongchamp

Electronics Materials Group, Materials Science and Engineering Division, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), USA


Dean M. DeLongchamp is the leader of the Organic Electronics & Photovoltaics project and a staff member of the Electronics Materials Group in the Materials Science and Engineering Division at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). 

His current research is focused on understanding the relationship between the nanoscale interfacial structure at organic semiconductor interfaces and device function with advanced measurement methods such as soft x-ray spectroscopy and X-ray scattering. He received a B. S. in Chemical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 1998, a M.S.C.E.P. from MIT in 2000, and a Ph. D. in Chemical Engineering from MIT in 2003.


Baskar Ganapathysubramanian

Mechanical Engineering and Electrical and Computer Engineering, Iowa State University, USA


Baskar Ganapathysubramanian is an Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Electrical and Computer Engineering at Iowa State University. His research interests are in stochastic analysis, multiscale modeling, and design of materials and processes (specifically advanced energy technologies) using computational techniques.

His group is particularly interested in integrating computational techniques with the experimental efforts of collaborators. Recent efforts are on modeling OPV fabrication, and developing material informatics tools to explore the large data sets produced in such analysis. Ganapathysubramanian completed his PhD and MS from Cornell University and holds a BS degree from the Indian Institute of Technology-Madras.


Aram Amassian

Materials Science and Engineering, Physical Sciences and Engineering Division at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), Thuwal, Saudi Arabia

Aram Amassian is Assistant Professor of Materials Science and Engineering and is the recipient of the Career Development SABIC Chair on solution processed optoelectronic materials. He joined KAUST as founding faculty in July 2009 after spending three years at Cornell University as postdoctoral fellow in the Malliaras group. He completed his PhD in Engineering Physics from Ecole Polytechnique de Montreal in Canada. He is recipient of the NSERC and FQRNT (Canada) postdoctoral fellowships and of the American Vacuum Society’s Electronic Materials Postdoctoral Fellowship award.

Aram’s research aims at addressing both science and engineering challenges in the fields of solution-printed electronics, optoelectronics and photovoltaics. He is the author of 70 journal papers and conference proceedings and has delivered more than 50 invited talks at international conferences.


Luigi Martiradonna

Nature Materials - Nature Publishing Group

Luigi Martiradonna received a first degree in electronic engineering and a PhD in innovative materials and technologies in Italy. Having been trained in nanotechnologies for quantum-dot-based optical devices, during his postdoctoral experience at the Institute of Industrial Science in Tokyo he became interested in photonic-crystal structures embedding colloidal nanocrystals. As a researcher of the Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, he then worked on the development of technologies for the detection and stimulation of neuronal synaptic signals. He joined Nature Materials in 2013, where he handles manuscripts in the area of applied physics and organic electronics.