Advisory Board and Speakers

The 2017 Quantum Dots Forum featured representatives from Luminit, BOE, NanoPhotonica, Raytheon and more.

Learn more about the 2017 advisory board members and speakers.

  • Krishna P. Acharya, Ph.D.

    Senior R&D Engineer NanoPhotonica Inc

    Krishna P. Acharya is a Senior R&D Engineer at NanoPhotonica. He obtained his Ph.D. in Photochemical Sciences from Bowling Green State University (BGSU) in 2009. Then, he worked as a Postdoctoral Research Associate at BGSU and Los Alamos National Laboratory. He has over eight years experience in semiconductor nanocrystal synthesis and integration. He joined NanoPhotonica in June 2015 and his current research effort is focused in quantum dots synthesis as well as optimization of layer stacks and processing parameters to increase quantum dot light emitting diode performance.

  • Matt Bootman

    CEO Crystalplex Corporation

    Matt has a 25 year career in nanomaterials and biomaterials research, product development and manufacturing. In the past Matt has developed and commercialized medical devices, infection control devices, medical polymers with engineered surfaces and products for the controlled release of volatile substances. He has been a co-founder of four companies, two of which have had successful exits. His academic research focused on the application of biophotonics and biophysics in the study of cancer cells. His keen interest in the physiology of human vision and color perception is a driving force at Crystalplex. Matt holds 12 patents and has B.S. and M.S. degrees in Cell Physiology from the University of California at Santa Barbara.

  • Patrick Caveney

    Co-Founder and Vice President of Technology Nano Elements Source, LLC

    Patrick Caveney is co-founder and vice president of technology of Nano Elements Source, LLC. He is finishing an Energy Science and Engineering PhD at University of Tennessee and Oak Ridge National Laboratory. His research in biophysics is split between the clean room at Center for Nanophase Material Science and Biosciences Division. 

  • Seth Coe-Sullivan

    VP of Technology Luminit

    Seth graduated from Brown University with an Sc.B. in electrical engineering and received his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). An expert in quantum dot materials and devices for solid state lighting and displays, Dr. Coe-Sullivan holds numerous patents relating to quantum dots (QDs) and organic light emitting devices (OLEDs) and is a frequent invited speaker on the subject. His doctoral thesis led to the formation of QD Vision, a leader in quantum dot technology for QLED™ displays and a company he helped found. Dr. Coe-Sullivan has a proven ability to bring complementing products and technologies together and his role at Luminit includes intellectual property strategy, technical marketing and business development.

  • Dr. Jennifer Colegrove

    CEO and Principal Analyst Touch Display Research, Inc.

    Dr. Jennifer K. Colegrove is the CEO and principal analyst of Touch Display Research Inc. (, a market research and consulting firm focus on touch screen and emerging display technologies. She writes reports and performs consulting projects on touch screen and display technologies, including touch screens, ITO replacement, Quantum dot, near-eye displays, flexible displays, OLED displays, OLED lighting, e-paper displays, touchless HMI, gesture control, voice control, eye control.

    Before founded Touch Display Research, Dr. Colegrove was the former Vice President at DisplaySearch (acquired by IHS) for over 4 years, and senior analyst at iSuppli (acquired by IHS) for 2 years.

    Prior to that, Colegrove performed due diligence for Intel Capital, the venture capital arm of Intel, as a senior display engineer.

    Dr. Colegrove has been a featured speaker and session chairperson at over 70 conferences world wide.

    Jennifer Kong Colegrove has a Ph.D. from Liquid Crystal Institute at Kent State University in Ohio, Master and Bachelor degree from Beijing University.

  • Dr. Brian Gally

    Application Director Nanoco Technologies

    As Application Director of Nanoco, Dr. Brian Gally specializes in bringing technical products to market and crafting product narratives that drive consumer and ecosystem engagement. Nanoco is the leading developer of heavy metal free quantum dots and semiconductor nanoparticles for the display, lighting and bio-imaging industries.  Prior to joining Nanoco, Gally was Vice President, Internet of Things, at LitePoint where he was responsible for driving and executing LitePoint's IOT and M2M strategy and solutions.  Prior to this role, Gally was Vice President, Product Management and Marketing, at Qualcomm where he led a global product and marketing team in displays, mobile, wearables and IOT.  Gally holds a Sc.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a BS in Materials Science and Engineering from Cornell University.

  • Dr. André Geßner

    Leader Quantum Dot Development Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Polymer Research (IAP)

    Dr. André Geßner recieved his PhD in Physical Chemistry from the University of Postdam in 2011. Following his graduation, he completed his postdoctural research at the University of Postdam in the fall of 2011. Immediately following, Dr. Geßner accepted a position as a researcher at the Fraunhofer IAP. From 2012-2014, he was the group leader at the Fraunhofer IAP- Quantum Dots in Sensing applications. He remains at Fraunhofer IAP as the Leader in Quantum Dot Development.

  • Dr. Masaki Hasegawa

    Application Development Lab., Physics & Applications Quantum Materials, PM-A EMD Performance Materials

    Received master degree from Tokyo Institute of Technology on 1983.

    Joined IBM Research on 1985 and working for 22 years.

    Received doctor degree from Tokyo Institute of Technology on 2004.

    Joined Merck on 2007 and developed high speed liquid crystal, graphene biosensor, and quantum rod applications.

  • Juanita Kurtin Ph.D

    CTO and Founder Pacific Light Technologies

    Juanita Kurtin is the CTO and co-founder of Pacific Light Technologies, a start-up company delivering quantum dots to the LED industry as a direct replacement for conventional phosphors. She has a background in the research of nanomaterials for various device applications, including transistors, solar cells, and light emitting diodes.

    Prior to starting PLT, Dr. Kurtin was the VP of R&D at SpectraWatt, a solar cell manufacturing company, and also spent six years developing novel device architectures at Intel.

    Dr. Kurtin obtained her BS degree in Chemistry from MIT and her PhD in Physical Chemistry from the UC Berkeley, studying with quantum dot pioneer Dr. Paul Alivisatos.

  • Hunter McDaniel, Ph.D.

    Founder and CEO UbiQD, LLC

    Hunter McDaniel, PhD is UbiQD’s Founder and CEO. He transitioned from a postdoc position at Los Alamos National Laboratory to the company’s first full-time employee in 2014. His vision for the company is to become the worldwide leader in quantum dot manufacturing by enabling new products that aren’t possible with toxic CdSe or InP QDs. He has extensive relevant technical experience as he has worked on both traditional II-VI QDs (including those that contain cadmium) and I-III-VI QDs. During his career, Dr. McDaniel conducted research at top-tier research institutions; Los Alamos National Laboratory (postdoc 2011-2014), Argonne National Laboratory (2011), University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign (PhD 2006-2011), and University of California at Santa Barbara (BS 2001-2006)). He is highly experienced in the materials science of semiconductor nanocrystals and their optoelectronic device applications (e.g., solar cells, LEDs) with over twenty research publications and more than 700 citations.

  • Dr. James E. Murphy

    Senior Research Scientist GE Global Research

    Jim Murphy received his Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from the University of Colorado at Boulder under the supervision of Professor Arthur Nozik conducting research on the synthesis and characterization of semiconductor nanocrystals for solar cell applications.  He spent 2006 as a postdoctoral researcher at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory conducting femtosecond, time-resolved spectroscopy studies on nanocrystalline films.  He was then hired as a Research Scientist by OSRAM SYLVANIA Inc. where he spent the next 3 years working on phosphor development and upscale at the Towanda, PA facility as it transitioned to become Global Tungsten and Powders Corp.  For the past seven years he has worked at GE Global Research Center on phosphor and scintillator development.  He has over 60 global patent applications and publications in the field of inorganic luminescent materials.  Jim graduated in 1996 with a B.A. in Chemistry from Franklin and Marshall College.

  • Xiaogang Peng

    Chief Scientist and Chairman of the Board Najing Technology Co., Ltd. Najing Technology Co., Ltd.

    Xiaogang Peng received his B.S. (1987) and Ph.D. (1992) from Jilin University, P. R. China. His Ph.D. research was about Langmuir-Boldgett films. His Postdoctoral experience followed by a position as Staff Scientist at UC Berkeley with Professor Paul Alivisatos between 1994 and 1999 brought him into the field of colloidal nanocrystals. In 1999, he joined the University of Arkansas as Assistant Professor, and an Associate Professor in 2003, and a Full Professor in 2005 (honored as Scharlau Chair Professor of Chemistry in the same year). In 2009, he joined the Department of Chemistry at Zhejiang University to start a new adventure in an old country.

  • Lei Qian

    Chief Deputy Engineer TCL CORPORATE RESEARCH

    Dr. Lei Qian received his PhD degree from Beijing Jiaotong University in 2005. Then he joined AIST (in Japan) and University of Florida (in the U.S.) consecutively for his post-doctoral research. In 2009, Lei founded Nanophotonica Inc which focuses on the development of quantum dot light-emitting diodes. In 2010, Lei founded his second start-up--Suzhou Raysoll nanotecnology Ltd., and served as the general manager to lead the development of roll-to-roll processed CIGS photovoltaics. In 2015, Lei joined the TCL group and took the position of chief deputy engineer in TCL industry research institute. His current research interest covers nanomaterials, nanotechnology, printable optoelectronic devices and quantum dot light-emitting diodes.

  • Guangkui Qin

    Senior Researcher BOE

    Guangkui Qin received the B.S. degree from Qingdao University, Qingdao, China, in 2007, and the M.S. degree from the Jilin University, Changchun, China, in 2010,  in Optics. He worded in BOE technology group Co. from 2010 until now. His main research interest is in liquid crystal optics and optical films. He is currently a visiting scholar at the Liquid Crystal Institute, Kent State University, Kent. His current research interests include new display device and none-display application of liquid crystal.

  • Ken Shimizu

    Director of Novel Technologies and Devices, Research and Development Lumileds

    Ken Shimizu is the Director of Novel Technologies and Devices, Research and Development at Lumileds.  The team explores next-generation material systems and novel LED designs to improve the overall LED performance and reliability.  

    He received his PhD in Chemistry from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2002, where he investigated Quantum Dot optical properties under high excitation flux.  His past positions include a Post-doctorate from Stanford University examining surface plasmon interactions with molecular switches and as Director of R&D at Stion Corporation developing novel tandem thin-film solar cells.  

  • Jonathan S. Steckel, PhD

    Lead Technologist Apple, Inc

    Jonathan Steckel is a Lead Technologist at Apple, Inc. working on display technology development.  Before joining Apple in mid-2014 he co-founded QD Vision, Inc. in 2005 and performed numerous Director roles, starting with Director of Chemistry, advancing to Director of Materials R&D and Manufacturing, and finally to Director of Research & Advanced Development.  Under his technical leadership, QD Vision’s quantum dot materials were developed to enable the commercialization of the world’s first quantum dot enhanced LED light bulbs (Nexxus) in 2009 and the world’s first quantum dot containing TVs (Sony Bravia) in 2013.  Jonathan received his PhD in Chemistry from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2006, where he advanced inorganic semiconductor nanoparticles (quantum dots) to address the needs of quantum dot LED displays - improving the state-of-the-art in this space by a full order of magnitude - enabling the transition of this technology from the lab (MIT) to industry (QD Vision, Inc.).  He graduated with high honors in Chemistry from Oberlin College in 2001 and was awarded the Harry N. Holmes Prize for excellence in Chemistry.  He has over 70 papers, patents, and patent applications in the field of semiconductor nanoparticles and LEDs.  He was awarded the 2011 Semi Award for North America in recognition of his pioneering work in the commercialization of quantum dot technology and the 2014 Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge award for his team’s ground-breaking work in reducing and eliminating the generation and use of hazardous substances in the synthesis and manufacture of quantum dot materials.

  • Y. Andrew Wang

    President Ocean NanoTech LLC

    Dr. Wang is a Material Chemist with more than 15 years’ experience in synthesis and surface modification of quantum dots and magnetic nano/microparticles. He received his Ph.D.  in 1993 from Jilin University and had his post-doctoral training at Peking University, Vanderbilt University, and Emory University. After he worked as a Research Scientist at NanoSonic Inc, he co-founded and served as the CTO of Nanomaterials & Nanofabrication Labrotaries, LLC. In 2004, Dr. Wang founded Ocean NanoTech, LLC to develop high-quality nano/microparticles for biomedical applications. As the President and CEO, he has led the rapid expansion of the company, establishing a strong customer base of more than 1500 clients in various fields. Together with its collaborators in clinical settings, Ocean NanoTech now is focusing on the clinical translation of its innovative materials to IVD probes, imaging contrast agents, and drug carriers.

  • Dr. Liu Weidong

    Vice Director Hisense Multi-Media R&D Center

    Dr. Liu Weidong, obtained his PhD in 1995 at Northwestern Polytechnical University of China and carried out post-doctoral studies in field emission display at Xi’an Jiaotong University Until 1997. Dr. Liu serves as the vice director of Multi-Media R&D Center in Hisense, leads the display technology R&D team (including LCD, OLED, LED backlight and laser display) for almost 20 years. Dr. Liu led his team launched the world’s first LCD TV using photoluminescence QD film on market in 2015.

    Dr. Liu is the member of IEC/TC110 (Electronic display standardization technical committee)    and convener of IEC/TC110/WG10 (laser display devices).

  • Dr. Changgua Zhen

    President of Optoelectonics Group Najing Technology Corporation LTD

    Changgua Zhen received his B.S. in Chemistry (2002) from Peking University, Electrical Engineering (2009) and Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering (2011) from University of Michigan-Ann Arbor. He joined First-O-Lite Inc. in 2011 as senior program manager, focusing R&D in OLED for lighting applications. In 2015, he joined Najing Technology Corporation LTD. as president of optoelectronics group, in charge of QLED R&D.  Changgua Zhen has experiences in multiscale modeling and simulation for material design, material synthesis and characterization, optical modeling of thin film devices, and mass production for OLED/QLED.