Jianguo Mei is currently Richard and Judith Wein Professor of Chemistry at Purdue University. His research interest centers on the design and development of semiconducting polymers for flexible electronics and bioelectronics. He has published over 100 peer-reviewed papers with over 14000 citations, 4 book chapters, and 18 granted US patents. Dr. Mei is a recipient of an NSF CAREER award, the Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Award (ONR YIP), the ACS PMSE Young Investigator, the ACS Division of Organic Chemistry (DOC) Academic Young Investigator, and Purdue’s Teaching for Tomorrow Fellowship. He is also a co-founder of Ambilight Inc, a venture-backed startup (Series C) dedicated to the commercialization of roll-to-roll manufactured thin-film electrochromic for smart windows.
Abstract: The concept of organic electronics emerged in the late 1980s. The promise of solution-processing, mechanical flexibility, light weight and low cost has been driving the development of organic semiconductors and electronics. Three decades of continuous efforts from the community have nurtured the technological maturity of a number of organic electronics. Part of my research group has been actively pursuing the development of polymer-based electrochromic technology. In this talk, I will share our journey of moving electrochromic technology from lab to fab. In particular, I will introduce our latest development of highly conductive transparent organic conductors (TOCs) and ultra-high contrast transparent-to-colored electrochromic polymers.