Bernard Kippelen, Ph.D.

Co-President of Institut Lafayette
Director, Center for Organic Photonics and Electronics
Joseph M. Pettit Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Georgia Institute of Technology

Bernard Kippelen is the Joseph M. Pettit Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology, located in Atlanta, GA, USA. His research interests range from the investigation of fundamental physical processes (nonlinear optical activity, charge transport, light harvesting and emission) in organic-based nanostructured thin films, to the design, fabrication and testing of light-weight flexible optoelectronic devices based on hybrid printable materials. He is a co-founder and co-President of the Institut Lafayette, an innovation platform located on Georgia Tech’s European campus Georgia Tech Lorraine (Metz, France), and serves as Director of the Center for Organic Photonics and Electronics on the Georgia Tech campus in Atlanta.

He was raised in Soultz, Alsace, France, and is a US and French citizen. 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 he was Chargé de Recherches at the French CNRS. In 1991, he joined the Optical Sciences Center at the University of Arizona as a postdoctoral fellow and joined the faculty in 1998 as an Assistant Professor. He was promoted to Associate Professor with tenure in 2001. He joined Georgia Tech in 2003 with the rank of Professor.

He holds 25 patents and has co-authored over 700 scientific communications, including over 275  peer-reviewed journal publications and 14 book chapters. His work has received over 23,000 citations and his H-index is 78 (Google Scholar). He served as chair and co-chair of numerous international conferences on organic optoelectronic materials and devices. He has graduated 21 Ph.D. students and advised 23 postdoctoral fellows. He is the recipient of an NSF-Career Award (2000), a 3M Corporation Young Faculty Award (2000), a FlexTech Alliance Award (2012), a Printed Electronics USA Award (2012), the Georgia Tech Class of 1934 Outstanding Interdisciplinary Activity Award (2014). His research was featured in numerous media outlets, including Forbes and Reuters. He was elected a Fellow of the Optical Society of America (2006), and a Fellow of SPIE (2007). He served as a Deputy Editor for Optics Express (2009-2012) and as the founding Editor of Energy Express (2010-2012).


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