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Expert in Novel Display Technology; Functional Materials; Organic, Printed and Large Area Electronics

Expert ID: 727868 Germany

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Expert has worked for over 20 years in industrial R&D on a variety of advanced functional materials primarily for photonics and electronics applications. After several years of work in vertically nanostructured Langmuir-Blodgett films for nonlinear optics, he was an initiator of one of the first industrial teams in Europe (Hoechst AG, later Covion Organic Semiconductors, now Merck OLED materials) to work on polymer electroluminescent devices for electroluminescent panels and OLED (organic light-emitting diode) lighting, and has continued to be involved in this field as an expert reviewer for the European Commission. He also co-developed novel OLEDs emitting polarised light based on oriented liquid crystalline organic semiconductors while at Sony Europe, and was a co-inventor of a novel organic photovoltaic material using discotic liquid crystal phases to define and control lateral nanostructure. While at Hoechst, he also initiated and ran a project on solid-state dye-sensitised solar cells based on nanostructured titania and incorporating novel amorphous organic semiconductor charge transport materials.
As head of display R&D at Ntera Ltd. he developed expertise in bistable, high contrast paper-like displays and led the development of high contrast, fast switching bistable electrochomic display devices comprising nanostructured metal oxide electrode films printed from nanoparticle inks. As a technology advisor to UPM Kymmene Corporate Venturing he introduced electrophoretic display media to the venture and was involved in bringing the activity from a lab-based feasibility study through development of processes for a fully roll-to-roll printed and manufactured flexible electronic price label. He also obtained experience in the use of anisotropc adhesives for system assenbly, which he deepened later with other customers in fields such as flexible photovoltaics. Through his many years of activities in the display field he has been a long-time member of the Scociety for Information Display and attended the annual conference regulary.
Over the last 8 years Expert has become increasingly involved in the field of organic, printed and large area electronics, developing fully printed high speed rectifiers and active matrix display backplanes, advising customers in the fields of novel thin-film devices and printable memories, and been active as a core editorial team member in the development of the Organic Electronics Associaion roadmap.
Expert is author of 35 scientific publications and inventor on over 40 patents and patent applications.


Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 1984 Degree: Ph.D Subject: Physical Chemistry Institution: Indiana University
Year: 1978 Degree: B.S. Subject: Chemistry Institution: Davidson College

Work History

Years Employer Title Department Responsibilities
Years: 2009 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: Adjunct Professor Department: School of Materials Science and Engineering Responsibilities: Honorary position in the School of Materials Science and Engineering
Years: 2002 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: Consultant Department: Responsibilities: Variety of consulting and contracting services to public and private customers, including hands-on technology development and solving of materials and production issues, service on technology advisory boards, work as external expert for project review, development of technology strategy and business plans, and technical and IP based due diligence on new technologies. Engaged for 6 years (2003-2008) as technology advisor to UPM Kymmene Corporate Venturing.
Years: 2000 to 2002 Employer: NTera Ltd. Title: Manager Display R&D Department: Responsibilities: Responsible for development of materials, device design and manufacturing processes for novel fast, bistable electrochromic displays.
Years: 1998 to 1999 Employer: Sony International (Europe) GmbH Title: Senior Manager Department: Materials Science Laboratories Responsibilities: Expert was hired to help set up Sony's materials science R&D center in Europe. He managed projects in the areas of polymer LEDs and dye solar cells, initiated cooperations with universities in these fields, set up a development and test laboratory and successfully spearheaded an international consortium to create a Framework 5 EU project on self-assembled nanoelectronic circuits based on biomimetic molecular recognition concepts.
Years: 1986 to 1998 Employer: Hoechst AG Title: Project Manager Department: Central Research, Advance Materials Lab Japan Responsibilities: Expert filled a variety of roles while at Hoechst, including running a laboratory for the preparation and characterisation of nonlinear optically active organic films, starting R&D on polymer LEDs and running the thin film and characterisation labs including stability studies and starting and running his own project in dye solar cells incorporating novel organic semiconductors. In addition, Expert spent a total of 15 months delegated to Hoechst Japan Ltd. in Kawagoe, where he set up activities in nonlinear optics and OLEDs, trained new recruits and facilitated technology transfer between Hoechst Celanese and Hoechst Japan.
Years: 1984 to 1986 Employer: ETH Zürich Title: Research Associate Department: Laboratory of Physical Chemistry Responsibilities: During his post-doc at the ETH, Expert worked on quantitative infrared photochemistry. He designed and implemented a novel reaction cell to enable measurement of quantitative rate coefficients in IR laser induced chemistry and co-wrote a major review of the field of IR photochemistry.

International Experience

Years Country / Region Summary
Years: 2003 to 2008 Country / Region: Finland Summary: Expert was engaged on a contractor basis as technology advisor to UPM Kymmene Corporate Venturing and was a core team member in the electronic shelf label venture and the printed electronics technology development platform.
Years: 1986 to Present Country / Region: Germany Summary: Though he is now a German citizen, Expert arrived as an American citizen in Germany in November 1986 and has worked for Hoechst AG, Sony International (Europe) GmbH and as a free-lancer in Frankfurt and Stuttgart.
Years: 2000 to 2001 Country / Region: Ireland Summary: Expert was employed by NTera Ltd. in Dublin, Ireland as head of display R&D.
Years: 1991 to 1993 Country / Region: Japan Summary: Expert was delegated by Hoechst AG to Hoechst Japan Ltd. in Kawagoe, near Tokyo twice, first from Oct.-Dec. 1991 and the second time Jan.-Dec. 1993. He was responsible for setting up activities in nonlinear optics and OLEDs and training of new recruits and also facilitated technology transfer between Hoechst affiliates in the USA and Japan.
Years: 1984 to 1986 Country / Region: Switzerland Summary: Expert's first port of call in Europe was Zürich, Switzerland, where he was employed as a research associate in the Laboratory for Physical Chemistry. He immediately began to integrate himself into local culture, a trend which he continued in all his subsequent international experience.

Career Accomplishments

Associations / Societies
American Physical Society
Organic Electronics Association
Society for Information Display
German Materials Society
Professional Appointments
Core editorial team, OE-A Roadmap
Advisory Board, German Materials Society 1999 - 2007
Technology and Industrial Advisory Board, PETEC
Publications and Patents Summary
Expert has 35 publications and is an inventor on over 40 patents and applications.

Language Skills

Language Proficiency
German Fully fluent.
French Expert has a good passive reading knowledge of French.
Japanese Expert obtained basic functionality in spoken Japanese while delegated to Hoechst Japan.
Finnish Expert has a very basic knowledge of Finnish (not sufficient for conversation).

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