2018 Advisory Board

Meet the experts who are helping to shape this year's program.

  • Dr. Marco Bettinelli

    Professor of Inorganic Chemistry, Luminescent Materials Laboratory, Department of Biotechnology University of Verona

    Born in 1957 in Cremona (Italy), Marco Bettinelli received his doctoral degree in Chemistry "cum laude" at the University of Parma in July 1981. He has been Assistant Professor at the University of Padova (1983-1992) and Associate Professor at the University of Salerno (1992-1993). In November 1993 he has moved to the University of Verona, where currently he is Professor of Inorganic Chemistry. In May 2008 he has received a doctorate honoris causa from Blaise Pascal University, Clermont-Ferrand, France. He has published more than 400 papers in the fields of Chemistry and Optical Spectroscopy of Inorganic Materials. He has been Visiting Professor in various universities abroad (among them Université de Caen, France; Université Blaise Pascal, Clermont-Ferrand, France; Kyoto University, Japan and Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg, Sweden) and has acted as invited speaker at many international conferences. In August 2012 he has been Co-Chair of ICFE8 (8th International Conference on f-elements), Udine, Italy. After being for seven years a member of the Board of Associate Editors, since May 2013 Marco Bettinelli is Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Luminescence (Elsevier). His scientific interests deal with numerous aspects of luminescent materials, and in particular with the synthesis, characterization and spectroscopic (luminescence and upconversion) properties of crystalline, nanocrystalline and amorphous systems containing lanthanide and transition metal ions.

  • Prof. Dr. Thomas Jüstel

    Dept. Chemical Engineering University of Applied Sciences Münster

    Prof. Dr. Thomas Jüstel was born in Witten, Germany in 1968. He studied chemistry and biology at the Ruhr-University of Bochum from 1987 to 1992. He received his Ph.D. in coordination chemistry in spring 1995 in the group of Prof. Dr. Karl Wieghardt. Afterwards, he worked as a postdoctoral fellow at the MPI Muehlheim for Radiation Chemistry.

    He was hired by the Philips Research Laboratories Aachen in summer 1995 as a Research Scientist, where he started to work on luminescent materials. Some years later he became a Senior Scientist and then he was promoted to a Principal Scientist in 2003. In spring 2004 he became a professor for Inorganic Chemistry and Material Sciences at the Muenster University of Applied Sciences. His research group deals with photochemistry, nanoscale and m-scale luminescent materials for LEDs, UV radiation sources and x-ray detectors. He also consults several chemical and lighting companies.

    His work has been published in 100 papers and lead to more than 180 patents on luminescent compositions and their application in fluorescent lamps, plasma displays, x-ray detectors, and LEDs.

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  • Ingo Koehler

    Head of R&D Lighting - Performance Materials Division Merck KGaA

    Since end of 2013 Ingo Koehler is Director Gobal R&D Solid State Lighting at Merck KGaA, Germany. In 2011 he became the global director of Technical Marketing and R&D responsible for customers in the touch-panel and the photovoltaic markets. He worked in this field since 2007 as the R&D leader of new business topics. When he joined Merck in 2005 he was responsible for the development of OLED production technologies. From 2000-2005 he was responsible for product development in various companies working in the fields of glass fibers, laser processes, and the development of sapphire substrates for GaN-LEDs.

    Ingo Koehler holds a Ph.D. in semiconductor and solid state physics is a member of the scientific advisory board of Fraunhofer ISE PV-TEC, Germany

  • Prof. Dr. Andries Meijerink

    Professor University of Utrecht

    Professor Andries Meijerink (52) leads an active research group that focuses on the optical spectroscopy of lanthanide ions in solids and of semiconductor quantum dots. In the field of lanthanide ions his recent work involves fundamental research on finding new concepts also related to applications in solar cells, LEDs and scintillators. The research on quantum dots is aimed at unraveling the influence of quantum confinement and surface effects on the electronic structure of quantum dots through optical spectroscopy and using the quantum dots as labels in bio-imaging. For his research Andries Meijerink has received several awards, including the DSM Award for Chemistry and Technology (1989), the Shell Incentive Award (1995), the Gold Medal of the Royal Dutch Chemical Society (1999) and the Centennial Award for Luminescence and Display Materials from the Electrochemical Society (2002). In 2009 he was elected as a member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Sciences.

  • Dr. Morgan Pattison

    President, Senior Technical Advisor Solid State Lighting Services, DOE SSL Program

    Morgan Pattison is President of SSLS, Inc. a technical consulting firm focused on LEDs, OLEDs, and solid state lighting.  He also serves as Senior Technical Advisor to the U.S. DOE Solid State Lighting Program.  In this capacity Morgan provides technical direction for DOE supported R&D, co-authors the DOE SSL Multi-Year Program Plan and Manufacturing Roadmaps, and monitors DOE supported R&D projects.  Morgan has a Ph.D. in Materials Science from the University of California, Santa Barbara with an emphasis on electronic and photonic materials.  At UCSB Morgan performed research on GaN micro-cavity LEDs, non-polar LEDs, laser diodes, VCSELS, and UV LEDs.

  • Dr. Madis Raukas

    Director in Materials R&D OSRAM Opto Semiconductors

    Dr. Madis Raukas received his degree in Physics from the University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia, where he studied different materials for their light emission efficiency and quenching criteria with Profs. Yen and Happek.  He joined OSRAM SYLVANIA Central Research in Beverly Massachusetts in 1997 and has worked since on understanding and developing various optical materials for lighting applications, from fluorescent to LEDs and lasers.   Dr. Raukas currently leads the Materials R&D group for Ceramics and Polymers at OSRAM Opto Semiconductors.  His research interests cover different LED and LD materials aspects with a particular focus on novel light generation and conversion schemes.  His work has helped produce more than 40 scientific publications as well as numerous patents and he has been among recipients of several technology development team awards both nationally and internationally.

  • Dr. Oleg B. Shchekin

    Senior Director of Device Architecture, Technology Research and Development Lumileds

    Oleg B. Shchekin is the Senior Director of Device Architecture Section of Technology Research and Development at Lumileds.  Work in his group is focused on interactions between LED building blocks and optimization of LED design through modeling and advanced characterization.  Previously he headed up Phosphor Materials and Devices Section focusing on phosphor converted LEDs, luminescent material characterization their selection for maximum LED efficiency, and optimal color quality.  His past professional pursuits include crystal growth and physics of long-wavelength GaAs-based quantum-dot lasers, and physics and manufacturing of integrated circuits based on thin-film organic semiconductor transistors  His work has been recognized by various awards as well as industry review publications.

  • Dr. Alok M. Srivastava

    Principal Scientist, Energy Storage & Conversion Materials Technologies GE Global Research

    Dr. Alok Srivastava received his Ph.D. in inorganic and Solid State Chemistry in 1986 from Polytechnic University of New York. In 1989 he joined the GE Global Research in Niskayuna, New York, where he is currently a Principle Scientist. Dr. Srivastava’s research describes the relationship between the synthesis, crystal structure and optical properties of rare earth and transition metal ions in solids. He has conducted research in collaboration with GE Lighting, GE HealthCare and GE Energy on luminescent materials for fluorescent lamps, LED lighting, scintillator and solar materials. For his pioneering research to achieve the first demonstration of quantum splitting in oxide phosphors, he was awarded the First Centennial Outstanding Achievement Award of the Luminescence and Display Materials Division of The Electrochemical Society. He has published more than 80 articles in international journals and has been awarded 100 US patents. He is the former Chairman of the Luminescence and Display Materials group of The Electrochemical Society. He serves on the editorial board of Optical Materials and The Journal of the American Ceramic Society. 

    Seminar: Designing luminescent materials

    The purpose of this seminar is to discuss tools that can be used to design luminescent materials (phosphors and scintillators) with the goal of developing lighting and detector products with maximum efficacy and at minimum cost. Major topics that will be covered are the selection of host lattice and of the luminescent ion, the influence of chemical composition and crystal structure on the spectral attributes of the luminescent material. The seminar will also provide an overview of phosphors and scintillators that are of commercial importance.