Dr. John R. Reynolds, Professor in the University of Florida’s Chemistry Department, obtained his M.S. (1982) and Ph.D. (1984) degrees from the University of Massachusetts in Polymer Science and Engineering and serves as an Associate Director for the Center for Macromolecular Science and Engineering. Dr. Reynolds’ research interests have involved electrically conducting and electro-active conjugated polymers for over 25 years with work focused on the development of new polymers by manipulating their fundamental organic structure in order to control their optoelectronic and redox properties. A major focus of his work has been directed to using organic polymers and oligomers in photovoltaic cells utilizing both bulk heterojunction polymer blend and polymer dye sensitized titania methods. He has published over 200 peer-reviewed scientific papers, has 5 patents issued and 9 patents pending, and served as co-editor of the “Handbook of Conducting Polymers” which was published in 2006. He serves on the editorial board for the journals Macromolecules, Macromolecular Rapid Communications, Polymers for Advanced Technologies, and the Journal of Macromolecular Science, Chemistry.
Dr. Subrata Roy is an Associate Professor in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at the University of Florida. His research interests include electric propulsion, plasma science, micro/nanoscale flows, fluid dynamics, heat transfer and applied mechanics, and he is the lead scientist for Sestar’s plasma sterilization project.
Dr. Roy was elected a Fellow with the American Society of Mechanical Engineers in 2004 and served as an Associate Editor of the Journal of Fluids Engineering. He was also elected a Fellow to the World Innovation Foundation and an Associate Fellow to the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, both in 2001. Dr. Roy is a Summer Faculty Fellow with the Air Force Research Laboratory and NASA. He is an appointed member of the United States to the NATO Research and Technology Organization on plasma actuators. He served as Conference Technical Chair at the AIAA Thermophysics Conference in Orlando in 2003. Dr. Roy earned his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Jadavpur University, and his Ph.D. from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.
Dr. Kirk Schanze, Professor in the University of Florida Chemistry Department, received his B.S. in Chemistry at the Florida State University (1979) and his Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (1983). Dr. Schanze’s research interests are focused in the area of photochemistry and photo physics of molecular and polymer systems. He has worked for over 25 years investigating fundamental photo processes including light emission, photo induced electron transfer, and energy transfer and transport in molecular and polymer systems. During the past 10 years his group has been actively involved in the development of novel materials and devices for light emission, optical sensors and solar cells. His work has included the development of the first efficient near-infrared polymer light emitting diodes, and more recently in the first application of organometallic materials in polymer photovoltaic cells. Schanze. He has published over 160 peer reviewed papers, and he served as the coeditor on the 15-volume series “Molecular and Supramolecular Photochemistry”. He has 6 patents issued and 2 patents pending and he is currently serving as a Senior Editor of the journal Langmuir.
Dr. Franky So is a professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Florida. His special areas of interest include electronic materials, nuclear materials, optoelectronics, particle science, sensors, and energy and the environment. He is the lead scientist for Sestar’s development of printable thin-film solar receptors.
He has received numerous recognitions for his exploratory work in the field of Organic Light Emitting Devices, commonly referred to as OLED. In 1999, he unveiled the first OLED display in a cellular phone and was awarded the Motorola Master Innovator Award in 2000. The author of more than 60 published articles, So’s research has led to more than 50 patents. He earned a B.A. in physics from Hamilton College in New York, an M.S. in materials science at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a Ph.D. in electrical engineering at the University of Southern California. He is a Fellow of SPIE and a Senior Member of IEEE. Dr. So has 40 publications, 51 issued patents and another 20 patent applications pending.
Dr. Jiangeng Xue graduated from the University of Science and Technology of China (USTC) in Hefei, China, with a B.S. in 1995 and a M.S. in 1998, both in physics. He then obtained his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from Princeton University in 2001 and 2005, respectively. Dr. Xue is an expert on electronic materials and devices, involving both inorganic and organic semiconductors, and is an internationally recognized expert in the field of organic electronics. In particular, he has demonstrated the world’s most efficient solidstate organic-based solar cells. He is also very experienced in the growth and characterization of semiconductor thin films, characterization of surface and interface properties of semiconductors, and fabrication of semiconductor nanostructures for energy applications. He has received numerous prestigious awards for career, research and educational accomplishments including the Solar Energy Innovation Award from Princeton University and the CAREER Award from the National Science Foundation. He was also a Francis Upton Graduate Fellow at Princeton University and a University Fellow at the Ohio State University, where he studied physics as a graduate student for a year. Dr. Xue has over 25 peer-reviewed journal publications and 5 issued and 10 pending U.S. and international patents.