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 Expert  727868

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

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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.

advanced material


anisotropic adhesive


bistable display




display process


electrochromic device


electrochromic display




electroluminescent panel


electroluminescent polymer


electronic shelf label




electrophoretic display


field-effect transistor


light polarization


light-emitting diode








organic light-emitting diode


organic semiconductor material


Society for Information Display


thin-film conductor


thin-film electroluminescent display


thin-film transistor


organic electronics

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Year   Degree   Subject   Institution   Honors
1984   Ph.D   Physical Chemistry   Indiana University  
1978   B.S.   Chemistry   Davidson College   Special Attainments in Chemistry

Work History:
Years   Employer   Department   Title   Responsibilities

2009 to


(Undisclosed University)


School of Materials Science and Engineering


Adjunct Professor


Honorary position in the School of Materials Science and Engineering

2002 to


(Undisclosed Consulting Company)





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.

2000 to 2002


NTera Ltd.



Manager Display R&D


Responsible for development of materials, device design and manufacturing processes for novel fast, bistable electrochromic displays.

1998 to 1999


Sony International (Europe) GmbH


Materials Science Laboratories


Senior Manager


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.

1986 to 1998


Hoechst AG


Central Research, Advance Materials Lab Japan


Project Manager


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.

1984 to 1986


ETH Zürich


Laboratory of Physical Chemistry


Research Associate


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.

Career Accomplishments:

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.

Selected Publications and Publishers  
 - Organic Electronics  
 - Advanced Materials  
 - Nature  
 - Thin Solid Films  

Consulting Services:
Recent Client Requests:
  • Expert for consulting on Thermocromatic tecnology, Liquid Crystal and Polymer Science.
  • Expert in OLED for consulting on OLED.
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Expert Witness:
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International Experience:
Years   Country / Region   Summary
2003 to 2008   Finland   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.
1986 to   Germany   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.
2000 to 2001   Ireland   Expert was employed by NTera Ltd. in Dublin, Ireland as head of display R&D.
1991 to 1993   Japan   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.
1984 to 1986   Switzerland   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.

Language Skills:
Foreign Language   Description
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).

Market Research:
Strong insight into the developing field of organic, large area and printed electronics through cooperation with a variety of customers in the field as well as own innovations, and through strong involvement in the roadmapping process in the Organic Electronics Association. Strong insight as well into the growing e-paper field and the chances and challenges faced by players wishing to enter this field.

Click the green button above to contact Expert for a free initial screening call regarding your marketing research, industry research, and company research needs.  For research needs involving multiple experts or secondary research, a Research Director can be assigned to coordinate the work into a custom report for you as a potentially quicker and more cost effective alternative to doing this work yourself or hiring a boutique consultancy.  Remember, your initial screening call to speak with Expert is free.


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