Professor Bernard Kippelen

Bernard Kippelen

School of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Center for Organic Photonics and Electronics
Georgia Institute of Technology
Office: MoSE 4239
Phone: 404.385.5163 | Fax: 404.385.5170

Professor Bernard Kippelen was born and raised in Alsace, France. 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 CNRS, France. In 1994 Kippelen joined the faculty of the Optical Sciences Center at the University of Arizona. There he developed a research and teaching program on polymer optics and plastic electronics. He holds 13 patents and has co-authored over 180 peer reviewed publications and 11 book chapters. His publications have received over 6,500 citations. Professor Kippelen served as chair and co-chair of numerous international conferences on organic optoelectronic materials and devices and he is the co-founder of several spin-off companies.

In August 2003, Kippelen joined the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology. His research ranges from the investigation of fundamental physical processes (nonlinear optical activity, charge transport, light harvesting and emission), to the design, fabrication and testing of light-weight flexible optoelectronic devices and circuits based on nanostructured organic materials. Professor Kippelen currently serves as director of the Center for Organic Photonics and Electronics and associate director of CIS:HSEM an Energy Frontier Research Center funded by the U.S. Department of Energy. He serves as deputy editor of Energy Express.

Research Interests

  • Organic light-emitting devices for displays and lighting
  • Flexible organic photovoltaic cells for power generation
  • Printed electronics
  • Low-cost printed electronics for RFID
  • Real-time holography and signal processing
  • Ultra-fast photonics
  • Structure-property relationships in photonic and electronic materials


  • NSF CAREER Award
  • 3M Young Faculty Award
  • Senior Member, IEEE
  • Fellow, the Optical Society of America
  • Member, the American Chemical Society
  • Member, the American Physical Society,
  • Member, Materials Research Society
  • Fellow, the International Society for Optical Engineering

Selected Publications, Patents

  • "Organic photovoltaics," B. Kippelen and J. L. Br�das, Invited review article, Energy and Environmental Science 2, 241-332 Mar. (2009).
  • "Low-voltage flexible organic complementary inverters with high noise margin and high dc gain" X.-H. Zhang, W. J. Potscavage Jr., S. Choi, and B. Kippelen, Appl. Phys. Lett. 94, 043312 Jan. (2009).
  • "High performance InGaZnO thin-film transistors with high-k amorphous Ba0.5Sr0.5TiO3 gate insulator," J.B. Kim, C. Fuentes-Hernandez, and B. Kippelen, Appl. Phys. Lett. 93, 242111 Dec. (2008).
  • "An Introduction to Photorefractive Polymers," B. Kippelen, K. Meerholz, and N. Peyghambarian, in Nonlinear Optics of Organic Molecules and Polymers, H. S. Nalwa and S. Miyata Eds., p. 465 (CRC Press, Boca Raton 1997).
  • "Low-voltage C60 organic field-effect transistors with high mobility and low contact resistance," X.-H. Zhang, B. Kippelen, Appl. Phys. Lett. 93, 133305 Oct. (2008).
  • "Hybrid electro-active lens" G. Meredith, B. Kippelen, and D. Mathine, US patent #7,019,890, issued Mar. 28 2006.
  • "High mobility C60 organic field-effect transistors," J. N. Haddock, B. Domercq, and B. Kippelen, Electron. Lett. 41, No 7, March 31, 444 (2005).
  • "Azo-dye-doped photorefractive polymer composites for holographic testing and image processing," K. Meerholz, B. Kippelen, N. Peyghambarian, S. R. Lyon, H. K. Hall Jr., A. B. Padias, Sandalphon, B. L. Volodin, US patent # 5,744,267 issued April 28, 1998.

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