CREOL Room 102
Prof. Franky So
Department of Materials Science and Engineering
University of Florida
As the world economy rebounds, it is expected that the worldwide demand for energy will be doubled by 2030. While there are alternative energy sources to address the energy challenges, energy efficiency and renewable energy are the approaches with the least impact on the environment. In this talk, I will present one potential solution to address two major energy challenges: low cost photovoltaics and high efficiency lighting. In contrast to inorganic semiconductors, organic semiconductors can be “made to order” by chemistry and offer added technological value due to their mechanical flexibility, light weight and compatibility with high volume roll-to-roll processing. I will first present the recent advances made in both photovoltaic and solid state lighting devices based on organic semiconductors and discuss the current scientific and technological challenges. Specifically, we will show how some of the material properties affect the device performance and demonstrate what approaches we take to address these issues. At the end, we will present the outlook of organic electronics for energy solutions and the future research direction.
Dr. Franky So is Rolf E. Hummel Professor of Electronic Materials and the Associate Chair of Research in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Florida. He received his Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from the University of Southern California. From 1993 to 2001, he was the Manager of the OLED group in the Motorola Corporate Research Laboratory. From 2001 to 2005, he was the Head of OLED Research ofOSRAM Opto Semiconductors. He joined the University of Florida in 2005. His research interest is in the area of OLEDs, organic phovoltaics and quantum dot light sensors. He is the Editor-in-Chief of Materials Science and Engineering Reports, an Associate Editor of Organic Electronics, IEEE Journal of Display Technology and Journal of Photovoltaics, SPIE Journal of Photonics for Energy, Journal of Solid State Lighting and Journal of the Society for Information Displays. He has over 110 journal publications, 70 issued patents and another 30 patent applications pending. Dr. So received many awards and recognitions for his accomplishments. While at Motorola, he was given the Distinguished Innovator and the Master Innovator Awards. At the University of Florida, he was given the Innovation Award, the MSE Department Faculty Excellence Award. In 2011, he was named the University of Florida Research Foundation Professor. Working on a project sponsored by the Department of Energy, he was given the Significant Achievement Awards in Solid State Lighting in 2009 and 2010. Dr. So is a Charter Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors, a Fellow of IEEE, OSA and SPIE. He is also named an IEEE Photonics Society Distinguished Lecturer in 2013.
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