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Organic electronics for a sustainable planet

On Thursday, February 27, 2020, at 4:30 pm in Rackham Amphitheater, Stephen Forrest will give the Henry Russel Lecture, reflecting his receipt of the University of Michigan’s highest honor for senior faculty members. He will speak on “Carbon vs. carbon dioxide: Using carbon-based (organic) electronics for a more sustainable planet,” describing how low-cost, organic semiconductor technology could transform electricity generation and reduce the world’s dependence on fossil fuels.¬†Forrest is the Peter A. Franken Distinguished University Professor and the Paul G. Goebel Professor of Engineering in the College of Engineering, and previously served as U-M’s Vice President for Research.

Prof. Forrest’s work in semiconductors maximizes the efficiency of the exchange between electrons and light, whether in a device that emits light, such as an light-emitting diode (LED), or in a solar cell that generates electricity. A prolific inventor as well as researcher, Forrest co-founded the Universal Display Corporation, whose organic LED technologies are used in smartphones, smart watches and television screens. In his Russel lecture, he¬†will make the case for organic electronics for solar cells and efficient lighting, contrasting them with the toxic materials and high temperature processing involved in making inorganic semiconductors from materials like silicon and gallium arsenide. For more information, see the Russel Lecture story in the University Record.