Scientific Advisory Board
Joanna Aizenberg Harvard University
Joanna Aizenberg pursues a broad range of research interests that include biomineralization, biomimetics, self-assembly, crystal engineering, surface chemistry, nanofabrication, biomaterials, biomechanics and biooptics. She received the B.S. degree in Chemistry in 1981, the M.S. degree in Physical Chemistry in 1984 from Moscow State University, and the Ph.D. degree in Structural Biology from the Weizmann Institute of Science in 1996. She then went to Harvard University where she did postdoctoral research with George Whitesides on micro/nanofabrication and near-field optics. In 1998 Aizenberg joined Bell Labs as a member of the Technical Staff where she has made several pioneering contributions including developing new biomimetic approaches for the synthesis of ordered mineral films with highly controlled shapes and orientations, and discovering unique optical systems formed by organisms (microlenses and optical fibers) that outshine technological analogs, and characterized the associated organic molecules. In 2007 Aizenberg joined the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.
Lon E. Bell BSST LLC
Dr. Bell has served as President of BSST, Amerigon’s research and development subsidiary, since September 2000. BSST develops and provides leading edge thermoelectric temperature control devices and designs for automotive, industrial, consumer applications. Dr. Bell founded Amerigon in 1991 and served as a member of the Board of Directors until 2004. From the Company's foundation, Dr. Bell served as Director of Technology until 2000, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer until 1999, and President until 1997. Previously, Dr. Bell co-founded Technar Incorporated, which developed and manufactured automotive components. He served as Technar's Chairman and President until selling majority ownership to TRW Inc. in 1986. Dr. Bell continued managing Technar, then known as TRW Technar, as its President until 1991. Dr. Bell received a B.S. in mathematics in 1962, a M.S. in rocket propulsion in 1963, and a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering in 1968 from the California Institute of Technology.
James Buntaine, Ph.D. Konarka
Dr. James Buntaine serves Konarka as executive vice president and chief technology officer. He joined the company after more than 30 years of successful technical leadership at Eastman Kodak Company. Jim joined Eastman Kodak in 1980 in the Solid State Chemistry Laboratory. After holding many leadership positions within Kodak, he moved to the Display and Components Business Unit as technology director in 2004 where he repurposed Kodak%27s coating machines for non-photographic applications. From 2007-2009, he served as CTO of Kodak%27s OLED Systems Business, ultimately leading to the OLED Business sale to the LG Group. More recently, he was CTO of the Graphics Prepress and Packaging Business responsible for new technology creation, commercialization and external technology collaborations. He also developed an extensive IP portfolio while at Kodak. From 2005-2009, Jim served on the Board of Directors for the FlexTech Alliance, an organization dedicated to the growth and profitability of the electronic display and flexible, printed electronics supply chain. He holds a bachelor%27s degree with double major in chemistry and mathematics at Clark University, a doctorate degree in inorganic chemistry from Cornell University, and is a program graduate of the Kellogg Graduate School of Management, Northwestern University.
Michael Graetzel Ecole Polytechnique Federale, Lausanne
Michael Graetzel directs the Laboratory of Photonics and Interfaces. He pioneered research on energy and electron transfer reactions in mesoscopic-materials and their optoelectronic applications. He discovered a new type of solar cell based on dye sensitized mesoscopic oxide particles and pioneered the use of nanomaterials in lithium ion batteries. Author of over 500 publications, two books and inventor or co-inventor of over 40 patents he was an invited professor at the University of California at Berkeley, the Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Cachan (Paris) and is presently part-time distinguished visiting professor at the Delft University of Technology. He was a frequent guest scientist at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in Golden Colorado, was a fellow of the Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science. He has received numerous awards including the Millenium 2000 European innovation prize, the 2001 Faraday Medal of the British Royal Society, the 2001 Dutch Havinga Award, the 2004 Italgas Prize, two McKinsey Venture awards in 1998 and 2002 and the 2005 Gerischer Prize. He is holding a doctors degree from the TU Berlin and honorary doctors degrees from the Universities of Uppsala and Turin. He was elected honorary member of the Société Vaudoise des Sciences Naturelles.
Waguih S. Ishak Corning, Inc.
Waguih Ishak received a B.Sc. degree (with Honors) in electrical engineering from Cairo University in 1971 and a B.Sc. degree in mathematics (with Honors) from Ain Shams University, Egypt, in 1973. His M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering (Magnetic Bubble Memories) were awarded by McMaster University, Ontario, Canada, in 1975 and 1978, respectively. In 1999, Waguih completed the Stanford Executive Program at Stanford University. He joined Hewlett-Packard Laboratories in 1978 where he designed magnetic bubble propagation and detection circuits and surface acoustic wave (SAW) low-loss filters. In 1981, he became a project leader and in 1983 he was the project manager of the Sources and Signal Processing Group. In 1987, Waguih became the manager of the Photonics Technology Department of the Instruments & Photonics Laboratory, which is responsible for R&D programs in fiber optics, integrated optics, optoelectronics, micro-optics, and optical interconnects for applications in measurements, communications (datacom and telecom), and computer interconnects. In 1995, Waguih was promoted to Director of the Communications & Optics Research Laboratory (CORL). Many products came out from the research work such as the optical mouse, the photonic switch and the parallel optical interconnects modules. In 2003, Waguih became the Director of the Photonics & Electronics Research Lab (PERL) at Agilent Labs, responsible for the R&D programs in photonics, high-speed electronics, sensors, semiconductor test, wireless communications and consumer electronics. In 2005, Waguih became the Vice President and Chief Technology Officer at Avago Technologies where he managed the company's U.S. Advanced R&D Center and created technologies for its Electronic Components Business Unit (ECBU). In 2007, Waguih joined Corning Incorporated as the Division VP and Director of the Corning West Technology Center. Waguih manages a team of scientists to develop applications for Corning's glass and fiber technologies and to conduct state-of-the-art research in the areas of microstructures and nanotechnology. Waguih has authored about 80 journal and conference papers, and four chapters in the "Handbook of Electronic Instruments." He is a Fellow of the IEEE and was named an inventor on seven US patents.
Richard R. King Spectrolab, Inc.
Dr. King is currently Principal Scientist responsible for Photovoltaic Cell R&D at Spectrolab, Inc. His research on photovoltaics over the last 25 years has explored high-efficiency solar cells in a number of semiconductor materials systems, from silicon, to the GaInP, GaInAs, and germanium subcells in III-V multijunction cells. Dr. King's solar cell research led the emergence of III-V multijunction concentrator cells as the photovoltaic technology with the highest and most rapidly rising efficiency, helping to enable the recent growth of the concentrator photovoltaics industry, which now primarily uses this type of solar cell. In his Ph.D. research at Stanford University, Dr. King worked to develop high-efficiency one-sun back-contact silicon solar cells, and his characterization studies of minority-carrier recombination at the doped Si/SiO2interface are still in use today for high-efficiency silicon solar cell design. Dr. King was inducted into the Space Technology Hall of Fame in 2004, and has 12 patents and over 100 publications on photovoltaics and semiconductor device physics.
Nathan Lewis California Institute of Technology
Nate Lewis has been on the faculty at the California Institute of Technology since 1988 and has served as Professor since 1991. He has also served as the Principal Investigator of the Beckman Institute Molecular Materials Resource Center at Caltech since 1992. From 1981 to 1986, he was on the faculty at Stanford, as an assistant professor from 1981 to 1985 and as a tenured Associate Professor from 1986 to 1988. Dr. Lewis received his Ph.D in Chemistry from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dr. Lewis has been an Alfred P. Sloan Fellow, a Camille and Henry Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar, and a Presidential Young Investigator. He received the Fresenius Award in 1990, the ACS Award in Pure Chemistry in 1991, the Orton Memorial Lecture award in 2003, the Princeton Environmental Award in 2003 and the Michael Faraday Medal of the Royal Society of Electrochemistry in 2008. He is currently the Editor-in-Chief of the Royal Society of Chemistry journal, Energy & Environmental Science. He has published over 300 papers and has supervised approximately 60 graduate students and postdoctoral associates. His research interests include artificial photosynthesis and electronic noses. Technical details of these research topics focus on light-induced electron transfer reactions, both at surfaces and in transition metal complexes, surface chemistry and photochemistry of semiconductor/liquid interfaces, novel uses of conducting organic polymers and polymer/conductor composites, and development of sensor arrays that use pattern recognition algorithms to identify odorants, mimicking the mammalian olfaction process.
Michael D. McGehee Stanford University
Michael D. McGehee is an Associate Professor in the Materials Science and Engineering Department and Director of the Center for Advanced Molecular Photovoltaics at Stanford University. His research interests are patterning materials at the nanometer length scale, semiconducting polymers, large area electronics and renewable energy. He has taught courses on nanotechnology, 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 did postdoctoral research with Galen Stucky and Brad Chmelka at the University of California at Santa Barbara on the self-assembly of organic-inorganic mesostructures. He has won an MRS Graduate Student Gold Medal Award, an NSF CAREER Award, a Dupont Young Professor Award, a Henry and Camille Dreyfus New Faculty Award, the 2007 Materials Research Society Outstanding Young Investigator Award and the Mohr Davidow Innovators Award.
Yoshiaki Nakano University of Tokyo
Yoshiaki Nakano is the director and a professor at the Research Center for Advanced Science and Technology at the University of Tokyo. He is also with the Department of Electronic Engineering at the University of Tokyo. He received the B. E., M. S., and Ph. D. degrees in electronic engineering, all from the University of Tokyo, Japan, in 1982, 1984, and 1987, respectively. In 1987, he joined the Department of Electronic Engineering at the University of Tokyo, became Associate Professor in 1992, Professor in 2000, and the Department Head in 2001. He moved to the Research Center for Advanced Science and Technology, the University of Tokyo, in 2002, and became the director general of the center in 2010. His research interests include physics and fabrication technologies of semiconductor distributed feedback lasers, semiconductor optical modulators/switches, monolithically-integrated photonic circuits, and high-efficiency heterostructure solar cells. In 1992, he was a visiting Associate Professor at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Dr. Nakano was an elected member of the Board of Governors of IEEE LEOS, a member of the Board of Directors of the Japan Society of Applied Physics (JSAP), the Editor-in-Chief of Applied Physics Express (APEX) and Japanese Journal of Applied Physics (JJAP), and a member of the Board of Directors of the Japan Institute of Electronics Packaging (JIEP). He is currently the chairman of the Optoelectronics Technology Trend Research Committee of the Optoelectronics Industry and Technology Development Association (OITDA), and the chairman of the Optical Interconnect Standardization Committee of Japan Electronics Packaging and Circuits Association (JPCA). He is also Fellow of the Institute of Electronics, Information, and Communication Engineers (IEICE), Fellow of JSAP, and a member of IEEE EDS and OSA.
Venkatesh Narayanamurti Harvard University
Venkatesh Narayanamurti is the Director of the Science, Technology and Public Policy Program at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at the Harvard Kennedy School (HKS). He is also the Benjamin Peirce Professor of Technology and Public Policy and a Professor of Physics at Harvard. He was formerly the John L. Armstrong Professor and Dean of the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences and Dean of Physical Sciences at Harvard. Previously he served as the Richard A. Auhll Professor and Dean of Engineering at the University of California at Santa Barbara. Prior to that he was Vice President of Research at Sandia National Laboratories and Director of Solid State Electronics Research at Bell Labs. He obtained his PhD in Physics from Cornell University and has an Honorary Doctorate from Tohoku University. He is an elected member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering and the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences, and a Fellow of the American Physical Society, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the IEEE, and the Indian Academy of Sciences. He has served on numerous advisory boards of the federal government, research universities and industry. He is the author of more than 200 scientific papers in different areas of condensed matter and applied physics. He lectures widely on solid state, computer, and communication technologies, and on the management of science, technology and public policy.
Henning Riechert Humboldt Universität zu Berlin
Henning Riechert is the Director of the Paul-Drude Institute for Solid State Electronics at the Humboldt University in Berlin, Germany where he is also a Professor for Experimental Physics and Materials Science. He has worked as a project manager of corporate research and development for Siemens AG and Infineon Technologies. During this time he managed several projects on devices based on group-III nitrides and dilute nitrides, which resulted in the first InGAN-LED in Europe and the first monolithically grown 1.3um VCSEL. He spent four years as the Photonics Department Head of Infineon technologies and later as the Technical Manager of Nanomaterial Topics. His research interests include epitaxy, applications of III-V semiconductors, optoelectronics, and materials for nanoelectronics. He has more than 100 publications in references journals, 2 book chapters, and 15 patents. He was elected Member of the Council of the German Physical Society and was a member of the Panel of Reviewers for the National Research Initiative on Nitrides. He has also been Chair, Program or Advisory Committee member of various conferences.
Jeffrey Tsao Sandia National Laboratories
Jeff is currently Principal Member of Technical Staff at Sandia National Laboratories, and Chief Scientist of its Energy Frontier Research Center for Solid-State-Lighting Science. His work involves integrated science, technology and economic modeling in Solid-State Lighting and other areas. He is also exploring embedded-network models of the evolution of social knowledge – an emerging approach to the field of “evolutionary epistemology.” During 2000-2001 Jeff served as vice-president of R&D at E2O Communications, Inc., a U.S.-based pre-IPO fiber communications components company. During 1993-2000, he served as manager of various technical groups at Sandia National Laboratories in the area of compound semiconductor materials and devices. In 1998, he took a sabbatical at the Institute of Materials Research and Engineering in Singapore, where he developed and gave a comprehensive series of twelve lectures on compound semiconductor epitaxy. Jeff has authored or co-authored over 100 publications, holds 9 U.S. patents, and is author of a 1993 research monograph “Materials Fundamentals of Molecular Beam Epitaxy,” for which he won Martin Marietta’s 1994 Author of the Year and Jefferson Cup awards. He co-authored an influential 1999 white paper outlining the potential of Solid-State Lighting, and edited the comprehensive 2002 U.S. Solid-State Lighting Roadmap. He has helped the Office of Basic Energy Science coordinate two recent workshops and reports: one in 2005 on “Basic Research Needs in Solar Energy Utilization,” and another in 2006 on “Basic Research Needs in Solid-State Lighting.”
Alessandro studied Industrial Chemistry at Universita’ di Pisa where he obtained the Laurea Degree, defending a thesis on “Heterogenization of Ni catalysts for the oligomerization of unsaturated compounds”. He obtained the title of Specialist in Organic Synthesis at Politecnico di Milano, defending a thesis on “Synthesis and properties of novel antioxidants”. He also spent one year as post-graduate student at Clemson University working on Synthesis and reactivity of mono- and di-fluoroxy organic derivatives with unsaturated compounds” in Prof D.D.DesMarteau lab. For the past decade, Alessandro has worked in various roles at Ciba, in Basel (CH) and Bologna (IT), a global producer of specialty chemicals and now part of BASF. Most recently, he was head of the company’s business printed electronics responsible for the research and development of printable semiconductor materials based on proprietary low band-gap conjugated polymers and other applications. He also served as the global head of the company’s Technology Center Electronic Materials and head of the Polymer Surface Modification Group. He started his career as a scientist at the Advanced Fluorine Chemistry Research at Ausimont in Milan, Italy and holds 30 patents and publications worldwide.