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Waiting for Act 2: What is the Future of Organic Electronics Beyond LED Displays?

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Larry Lee, Ph.D.
ECEB 1002 Grainger Auditorium
Oct 21, 2021   4:00 - 5:00 pm  
Stephen Forrest, Ph.D. - University of Michigan
Larry Lee, Ph.D.
Originating Calendar
Illinois ECE Distinguished Colloquium Series


The extremely rapid adoption of organic LEDs in both mobile and television display markets has been driven by their ultrahigh efficiency, large color gamut, thin form factors and long lifetimes. But this successful experience has only given rise to the question: what's next for organic electronics? To be sure, there are other opportunities waiting in the wings. Examples include OLED lighting, organic solar cells, and even organic transistor electronics. In this talk I will present a review of what is past and present in organic electronics, and most importantly, what lies ahead. The physics and engineering of a range of organic devices will be discussed. And I will try to answer the question: what is the next big application of this emerging and exciting field of optoelectronics.





B. A. Physics, 1972, University of California, MSc and PhD Physics in 1974 and 1979, University of Michigan. In 1985, Prof. Forrest joined USC and, in 1992, moved to Princeton University. In 2006, he rejoined the University of Michigan as Vice President for Research, where he is the Peter A. Franken Distinguished University Professor. A Fellow of the APS, IEEE and OSA and a member of the National Academy of Engineering, the National Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the National Academy of Inventors, he has received numerous awards and medals for his invention of phosphorescent OLEDs, innovations in organic LEDs, organic thin films and advances in photodetectors for optical communications.  Prof. Forrest has authored ~640 papers in refereed journals, and has 361 US patents. He is co-founder or founding participant in several companies, including Sensors Unlimited, Epitaxx, Inc., NanoFlex Power Corp. (OTC: OPVS), Universal Display Corp. (NASDAQ: OLED) and Apogee Photonics, Inc., and is on the Growth Technology Advisory Board of Applied Materials.  He is past Chairman of the Board of the University Musical Society and served as Chairman of the Board of Ann Arbor SPARK.  He has served on the Board of Governors of the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology where he is a Distinguished Visiting Professor of Electrical Engineering. He received an honorary doctorate from the Technion in 2018, and the Henry Russel Lectureship at the University of Michigan in 2019.  His first book, Organic Electronics: Foundations to applications, was published in September, 2020.



This colloquium can be seen in-person in 1002 Grainger Auditorium, ECE Bldg., and is also being streamed and recorded on Echo360, The live streaming will be available only to students enrolled in ECE 500. Others are advised to attend the colloquium in person. The recording will be available to the public.


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