FIP Seminar Co-hosted with Department of Chemistry: Modern Alchemy-Making Copper Look Like Iridium and Platinum
Mark Thompson received his B.S. degree in Chemistry in 1980 (U.C. Berkeley) and his Ph.D. in chemistry in 1985 (California Institute of Technology). He spent 2 years as a postdoctoral fellow at Oxford University before taking a position in the chemistry department at Princeton University in 1987, as an assistant professor. In 1995, he moved his research team to the University of Southern California where he holds the Ray R. Irani Chair of Chemistry. His research involves the study of materials and devices for electroluminescence, photovoltaics and solar cells, chemical/biological sensing and catalysis. Prof. Thompson is the author of approximately 400 papers in refereed professional journals and holds more than 250 patents primarily in the areas of optoelectronic applications, such as light emitting devices (LEDs) and solar cells. He is a fellow of the AAAS and National Academy of Inventors. He has received multiple awards for his work in organic LEDs, including the MRS Medal (2006), the Jan Rajchman Medal from the Society for Information Display (2006), ACS Richard C. Tolman Award (2011) and the ACS Chemistry of Materials Award (2015) and most recently he was awarded the IEEE Photonics award in 2016 and the Nishizawa Medal in 2017.