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photograph of Bernard Kippelen
Full name: 
Bernard J Kippelen
Job title: 
Professor; Vice Provost for International Initiatives
; Steven A. Denning Chair for Global Engagement
Technical Interest Groups: Nanotechnology, Optics and Photonics
Email address: 
Work phone: 
French 205

Dr. Kippelen was born and raised in Alsace, France. He studied at the University Louis Pasteur in Strasbourg where he received a Maitrise in Solid-State Physics in 1985, and a Ph.D. in Nonlinear Optics in 1990.

From 1990 to 1997 Dr. Kippelen was Chargé de Recherches at the CNRS, France. In 1994, he joined the faculty of the Optical Sciences Center at the University of Arizona. There, he developed a research and teaching program on polymer optics and plastic electronics. In August 2003, Dr. Kippelen joined the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology where his research ranges from the investigation of fundamental physical processes (nonlinear optical activity, charge transport, light harvesting and emission), to the design, fabrication and testing of light-weight flexible optoelectronic devices and circuits based on nanostructured organic materials. He served as Director of the Center for Organic Photonics and Electronics (COPE) from 2011-2019. Dr. Kippelen currently serves as co-President of the Lafayette Institute, a major optoelectronics commercialization initiative that is based at Georgia Tech-Lorraine in Metz, France. On August 1, 2021, he joined the Georgia Tech Office of the Provost as the Vice Provost for International Initiatives and the Steven A. Denning Chair for Global Engagement.

Dr. Kippelen currently holds 25 patents and has co-authored over 270 refereed publications and 14 book chapters. His publications have received over 25,000 citations and his h-index is 82 (Google Scholar). He served as chair and co-chair of numerous international conferences on organic optoelectronic materials and devices and as deputy editor of Energy Express. He was the founding editor of Energy Express.

Research interests: 
  • Organic light-emitting devices for displays and lighting
  • Flexible organic photovoltaic cells for power generation
  • Organic photodetectors and sensors
  • Printed electronics
  • Structure-property relationships in photonic and electronic materials
  • NSF CAREER Award
  • 3M Young Faculty Award
  • Senior Member, IEEE
  • Fellow, the Optical Society of America
  • Member, the American Chemical Society
  • Member, the American Physical Society,
  • Member, Materials Research Society
  • Fellow, the International Society for Optical Engineering

Y. Zhou, C. Fuentes-Hernandez, J. Youngblood, R. J. Moon, and B. Kippelen,“Recyclable organic solar cells on cellulose nanocrystal substrates,” US patent #9,203,030 B2 issued Dec. 1, 2015.

Y. Kim, M. Kathaperumal, V.W. Chen, Y. Park, C. Fuentes-Hernandez, M.-J. Pan, B. Kippelen, J. W. Perry “Bilayer structure with ultrahigh energy/power density using a hybrid sol-gel dielectric and charge-blocking monolayer,” Advanced Energy Materials 5, 1500767 (2015).

B. Kippelen, C. Fuentes-Hernandez, Y. Zhou, A. Kahn, J. Meyer, J.W. Shim, S. R. Marder, “Systems and methods for producing low work function electrodes,” US patent #9,076,768 issued July 7, 2015.

Y. Zhang, C. Zuniga, G. Deshayes, J. Leroy, S. Barlow, S.R. Marder, X. He, S.-J. Kim, B. Kippelen, "Ambipolar small molecule hosts for phosphorescent guest emitters," US patent #9,133,177 B2 issued Sep. 15, 2015.

L.E. Polander, S. -P. Tiwari, S. R. Marder, B. Kippelen, R.R. Dasari, Y. A. Getmanenko, D.-K. Hwang, and M. Fenoll, "Naphthalene diimide heterocycle naphthalene diimide oligomers as organic semiconductors and transistors thereof," US patent #8,912,535 issued Dec. 16, 2014.

E. Najafabadi, Y. H. Zhou, K. A. Knauer, C. Fuentes-Hernandez, and B. Kippelen, “Efficient organic light-emitting diodes fabricated on cellulose nanocrystal substrates,” Appl. Phys. Lett. 105, 063305 (2014).

S. R. Marder, Z. An, S. Barlow, and B. Kippelen,"Perylene charge-transport materials, methods of fabrication thereof, and methods of use thereof," US patent #8,344,142 B2 issued Jan. 1, 2013.

B. Kippelen, J. Perry, S. R. Marder, P. Kim, S. Jones, J.N. Haddock, X. Zhang, B. Domercq, P. Hotchkiss, "Printable thin-film transistors with high dielectric constant gate insulators and methods for producing same," US patent #8,405,069 B2 issued Mar. 26, 2013.

Y. Zhou, C. Fuentes-Hernandez, T. M. Khan, J.-C. Liu, J. Hsu, J.W. Shim, A. Dindar, J.P. Youngblood, R. Moon, and B. Kippelen, “Recyclable organic solar cells on cellulose nanocrystal substrates,” Scientific Reports 3, 1536-1541 (2013).

Y. Zhang, C. Zuniga, S. Barlow, B. Kippelen, A. Haldi, B. Domercq, M. Weck, A. Kimyonok, "Carbazole-based hole transport and/or electron blocking materials and/or host polymer materials," US patent #8,546,505 B2 issued Oct. 1, 2013.

A. Sharma, P. Hotchkiss, B. Domercq, S. R. Marder, and B. Kippelen, "Stable electrodes with modified work functions and methods for organic electronic devices," US patent #8,586,208 B2 issued Nov. 19, 2013.

Y. H. Zhou, C. Fuentes-Hernandez, J. Shim, J. Meyer, A. J. Giordano, H. Li, P. Winget, T. Papadopoulos, H. Cheun, J. Kim, M. Fenoll, A. Dindar, W. Haske, E. Najafabadi, T. M. Khan, H. Sojoudi, S. Barlow, S. Graham, J. L. Bredas, S. R. Marder, A. Kahn, B. Kippelen, “A Universal Method to Produce Low-Work Function Electrodes for Organic Electronics,” Science 336, 327 (2012).

D-K. Hwang, C. Fuentes-Hernandez, J.B. Kim, W. J. Potscavage Jr., S.J. Kim, and B. Kippelen, “Top-gate organic field-effect transistors with high environmental and operational stability,” Adv. Mater. 23, 1293 (2011).

B. Kippelen, J. L. Bredas, “Organic photovoltaics,” Energy & Environmental Science 2, 251 (2009).

W. J. Potscavage, Jr., A. Sharma, and B. Kippelen, “Critical interfaces in organic solar cells and their influence on the open-circuit voltage”, Acc. Chem. Res. 42, 1758 (2009).

R. Jackson, B. Domercq, R. Jain, B. Kippelen, and S. Graham, “Stability of doped transparent carbon nanotube electrodes,” Adv. Func. Mater. 18, 2548 (2008).

X.-H. Zhang, B. Domercq, S. Yoo, X.D. Wang, Z.L. Wang, B. Kippelen, ”High performance pentacene field-effect transistors using Al2O3 gate dielectrics prepared by atomic layer deposition,” Org. Electron. 8, 718 (2007).

X. W. Zhan, Z. A. Tan, B. Domercq, Z. S. An, X. Zhang, S. Barlow, Y. F. Li, D. B. Zhu, B. Kippelen, S. R. Marder “A high-mobility electron-transport polymer with broad absorption and its use in field-effect transistors and all-polymer solar cells,” J. Am. Chem. Soc. 129, 7246 (2007).

P. Kim, S. C. Jones, P.J. Hotchkiss, J.N. Haddock, B. Kippelen, S.R. Marder, and J.W. Perry “Phosphonic acid modified barium titanate-polymer nanocomposites with high permittivity and dielectric strength,” Adv. Mater. 19, 1001 (2007).

G. Li, D. L. Mathine, P. Valley, P. Äyräs, J. N. Haddock, M.S. Giridhar, G. Williby, J. Schwiegerling, G. R. Meredith, B. Kippelen, S. Honkanen, and N. Peyghambarian, “Switchable electro-optic diffractive lens with high efficiency for ophthalmic applications,” Proc. Nat. Acad. Sci. 103, 6100 (2006).

S. R. Marder, B. Kippelen, A. K.-Y. Jen, and N. Peyghambarian, “Recent advances in the design and synthesis of chromophores and polymers for electro-optic and photorefractive applications,” Nature 388, 845-851 (1997).

Last revised February 1, 2023