Leadership
Technical Advisory Committee
Insight from leading scientists.
Some of the leading scientists in printed and organic electronics are part of the Thinfilm Technology Council. Their experience and insights help Thinfilm chart our product development course.
Ana Claudia Arias

Ana Claudia Arias is an Associate Professor at the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department at the University of California, Berkeley. Prior to joining the University of California, she was the Manager of the Printed Electronic Devices Area and a Member of Research Staff at PARC, a Xerox company, Palo Alto, CA, where she used inkjet printing techniques to fabricate organic active matrix display backplanes for paper-like displays and flexible sensors. She led the semiconductor group at Plastic Logic in Cambridge, UK, prior to joining PARC. She did her Ph.D. on semiconducting polymer blends for photovoltaic devices at the University of Cambridge, UK. She received her master and bachelor degrees in Physics from the Federal University of Paraná in Curitiba, Brazil. Her research work in Brazil focused on the use of semiconducting polymers for light-emitting diodes. Dr. Arias is a member of the Board of Directors of the Materials Research Society (MRS) and a member of the technical advisory board of Linde Nanomaterials.

Donald Lupo

Donald Lupo gained his Ph.D. in physical chemistry at Indiana University, Bloomington, IN, USA, and subsequently worked as a post-doctoral fellow in the Laboratory for Physical Chemistry at ETH, Zürich, Switzerland. At Hoechst AG in Frankfurt am Main, Germany, he worked in nonlinear optics based on Langmuir-Blodgett films, polymer OLEDs, and solid-state dye sensitized solar cells (DSSC) based on amorphous organic semiconductors. At Sony International (Europe) GmbH, he built up the Materials Science Laboratory in Fellbach, Germany and continued his work on polymer OLEDs and organic solar cells. At NTera Ltd. in Dublin, Ireland he was head of R&D on printed electrochromic nanomaterials. He spent 8 years as a technology consultant working on mass printed electronic displays, roll-to-roll printable displays with companies such as UPM Kymmene, Merck, and G24 Innovations. He accepted a call to a professorship in electronic materials in the Department of Electronics at Tampere University of Technology and joined the faculty in August 2010. There he is responsible for activities in organic and printable electronics, with interests in printed diodes, transistors, and solar cells and in the effect of printing processes on materials, interfaces, and devices.

Raj B Apte

Dr. Apte is presently a Rapid Evaluator for Google™, where he invents and evaluates potential high­payoff projects (aka Moonshots) for significant investments by Google™. Prior to his current role, Dr. Apte spent two decades at PARC, a Xerox company, as a principal scientist and area manager. While at PARC, he oversaw much of the group's poly-silicon research initiatives and managed projects focused on imaging technology, large area array testing, oxide (IGZO) semiconductors, novel back-plane design, and laser recrystallization. Dr. Apte is widely published and has 43 issued patents to his credit. He holds PhD and MS degrees in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University, and a BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley.

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