Meet the 2019 Speaker Lineup

  • Dr. Philippe Auroy

    R&D Director Baikowski

    Philippe AUROY, PhD in Physics (University of Paris-Sud), Ms in Solid State Physics, Graduated from the Ecole Polytechnique (France). Philippe A. has been working for 15+ years in various academic positions in France and in the US (Collège de France, CEA Saclay, UMASS Amherst, Institut Curie-CNRS) in the field of soft condensed matter physics. He then joined Saint-Gobain where he was acting as R&D VP for more than 15 years, mostly in the Ceramic Materials department. In 2017, Philippe A. moved to Baikowski, where he is currently in charge of R&D. PA has published more than 60 papers in peer reviewed journals and is co-inventor of about 10 patents.

  • Dr. Nerine Cherepy

    Research Scientist Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

    Nerine Cherepy earned a Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from the University of California, Berkeley, utilizing laser spectroscopy to study energy and electron transfer. After postdoctoral work at the University of California, Santa Cruz on ultrafast laser spectroscopy, she joined Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. Since 2005, she has worked on the development new light-emitting materials, including single crystals, transparent ceramics and plastics, for various uses in ionizing radiation detection, new imaging screens and lighting phosphors. She has three R&D 100 awards, 17 awarded patents, more than 120 published papers, and is a co-recipient of DHS’s Award for Excellence in Scintillator Discovery. She is a Senior Member of IEEE and SPIE and a 2016 recipient of the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory Mid-Career Award.

    This work was performed under the auspices of the U.S. DOE by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory under Contract DE-AC52-07NA27344, and has been supported by the US DOE EERE, Critical Materials Institute. LLNL-ABS-763290.

  • Bill Cohen

    Technology Manager - Phosphors GE Lighting

    Dr. Cohen joined GE Lighting after receiving his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan in 2000.  He has developed a variety of experiences through roles of increasing responsibility in Technology and Manufacturing that include phosphor design and manufacturing, lamp design and manufacturing, tungsten wire processing, and specialty chemical processing.  Dr. Cohen has a significant amount of operational experience built on various key roles over nine years in manufacturing including Plant Manager of GE Lighting’s Phosphor and Specialty Chemical Facility.  Most recently, he has led GE Lighting’s efforts to reduce rare earth supply and inflation pressures through phosphor innovation, lamp redesign, and production process optimization for fluorescent lighting products.  Dr. Cohen is active in GE’s partnership with the DOE Energy Innovation Hub – Critical Materials Institute with the goal of reducing the need for critical rare earth materials.  He has multiple publications / conference proceedings in plasma sciences as well as issued U.S. patents in fluorescent materials.

  • Dr. Ingo Hartenbach

    University Researcher University of Stuttgart

    Dr. Hartenbach received his doctoral degree in 2001 at the University of Stuttgart. He subsequently took over a permanent position in 2002 as researcher and lecturer at the Institute of Inorganic Chemistry at the University of Stuttgart, where he has founded a small research group in 2008. Since then he is working on halide derivatives of rare-earth metal(III) oxidomolybdates and –tungstates(VI) and their suitability as host materials for luminescence applications. The main focus lies in the adjustability of the excitation range by modification of the transition metallate groups, present in the structures.

  • Jason Hartlove

    President and CEO Nanosys

    Jason Hartlove joined Nanosys in 2008 with a proven track record of turning emerging technologies into successful commercial products. He previously developed the Optical Mouse which has sold more than one billion units worldwide and is a standard feature in all PCs.  Hartlove also pioneered and developed key technologies used in CMOS image sensors in smartphone cameras, high capacity lithium-ion battery technologies and solid-state inverter technology used in solar and electric car charging systems. 

    His vision for Nanosys has led the company to successfully pioneer and develop Quantum Dot based display technologies. Today, Nanosys maintains a nearly 100% market share for materials used in these ultra-bright displays with lifelike colors sold by companies including Samsung, Vizio, Hisense, TCL, Acer, Asus and Sharp.

    Prior to joining Nanosys, he was president of the Imaging Solutions Division of MagnaChip Semiconductor in Seoul, South Korea, where he turned an internally focused semiconductor group into a multinational company on track for an IPO. Before MagnaChip, Hartlove was vice president and general manager of the Sensor Solutions Division of Agilent Technologies, and previously held management and development positions at Hewlett-Packard. Hartlove is the author of more than 20 patents, including the winner of the Hewlett Award in 2004 for best patent. He holds a B.S. in electrical engineering from UCLA and has completed graduate work at the Anderson School of Management at UCLA.

  • Dr. Henri Jagt

    R&D Manager - Light Sources & Materials Signify

    Dr. Jagt received his PhD degree in Chemical Engineering at the Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands. In 2001 Dr. Jagt joined Philips Research to work on new display technologies. In 2006 he worked on pre-development of high power LED technology in support of Philips Lumileds. In 2014 he started to work for Philips Lighting on the development of HLD LED technology as project manager and principal scientist. In 2017 he took up the position of group manager for ‘Optics and LED’ technology and currently holds the position of R&D manager ‘Light Sources and Materials’ for Signify.

  • Dr. Thomas Jansen

    Research Scientist EMD Performance Materials

    Dr. Thomas Jansen was born in Papenburg, Germany in 1988. He studied Chemical Engineering with focus on Applied Chemistry at Münster University of Applied Sciences. For his Bachelor thesis, he was at Philips Research Laboratories in Aachen, Germany under supervision of Dr. Georg Greuel and Prof. Thomas Jüstel. He obtained a Master`s degree in Chemical Engineering in 2013 from the Münster University of Applied Sciences. In spring 2018 he obtained a PhD in inorganic chemistry from the University of Münster under the supervision of Prof. Thomas Jüstel and Prof. Rainer Pöttgen. After graduation, he joined Litec-LLL GmbH - A Company of the Merck Group, engaging in the development of novel phosphor materials. His research resulted so far in 14 publications and 4 patent applications.

  • Juanita Kurtin Ph.D

    Director Materials Research OSRAM

    Juanita Kurtin is Director of Materials Research at Osram. Before joining Osram in late 2017, Kurtin served as 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.

  • Dr. Jonathan Melman

    Co-Founder Lumenari

    Jonathan Melman is the co-founder of Lumenari, an advanced materials discovery company focused on narrow band phosphor development. He has experience in scientific research, product development, and solid state lighting applications engineering. Dr. Melman received his PhD in Inorganic Chemistry from Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, focusing on rare earth chemistry.

  • 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.

  • Dr. Shiho Takashina

    Engineer, Technical Group LED Materials Department Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation

    Shiho Takashina works as an engineer at Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation, Japan. She received her master degree in chemical engineering (2006), and earned her PhD (2009) at the University of Okayama, Japan, on the stability control of Water in Oil microemulsion. She joined Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation in 2009. Since then, she has been taking charge of development and mass-production technology of nitride phosphors.

  • Hiroaki Toyoshima

    Phosphor Scientist Denka

    Hiroaki Toyoshima received his master’s degree in chemistry from Kwansei Gakuin University (Japan) in 2006 on the first-principles calculation of 4f-5d optical absorption spectra in BaMgAl10O17:Eu2+. In 2006 he joined NEC Lighting to work on the development of phosphors for the fluorescent lamps. In 2010 he moved to Denka to work on the development of phosphors for white LED. Since 2015 he has been working on discovering novel phosphors for white LED. 

  • Dr. Dominik Uhlich

    Technical Director (CTO) Leuchtstoffwerk Breitungen GmbH

    Dr. Dominik Uhlich is the Technical Director of  Leuchtstoffwerke Breitungen GmbH (LWB), a subsidiary of Treibacher Industrie AG, with business lines that include inorganic luminescent materials, speciality chemicals and coating technologies for a wide range of applications.

    Curriculum Vitae:

    01/2017 – Today     Technical Director (CTO)

    Leuchtstoffwerk Breitungen GmbH, Breitungen

    01/2016-12/2016     Head of Development and Innovation Management

    Narva Lichtquellen GmbH & Co. KG / JW Holding GmbH, Stuttgart

    07/2010-12/2015     Technical Director (CTO) and Founder                        

    Tailorlux GmbH, Münster

    01/2008-06/2010     Laboratory Manager and Lecturer

    University of Applied Sciences Münster

    Research laboratory and working group Prof. Dr. T. Jüstel, production and  development of LED phosphors in cooperation with Merck KGaA                         

    01/2006-05/2009     Ph.D. Work                          

    University Osnabrück, University of Applied Sciences Münster, Prof. Dr. M. Haase, Prof. Dr. T. Jüstel

    "Crystallographic and spectroscopic investigations on Eu3+ -doped Molybdates as potential converters for LEDs"

    06/2005-12/2005     Master Thesis                      

    University of Applied Sciences Münster, working group Prof. Dr. T. Jüstel

    "Increase of the 4f-4f transitions of the Eu3+-ion by incorporation into covalent host lattices and use of electron rich co-dopants”

    04/2004-09/2004     Diploma Thesis   

    Philips Research Laboratories Aachen

    "Synthesis and optical properties of nanoscale Lanthanide doped oxidic host lattices"

    09/2000-12/2005     Studies Chemical Engineering Focused on Material Sciences      

    University of Applied Sciences Münster

  • Dr. Marie Anne van de Haar

    Project Manager Seaborough Research

    After graduating from her masters in (Nano)materials Science from the group of Prof. Andries Meijerink at Utrecht University with honors, Dr. Van de Haar did a PhD in the field of Optics, Plasmonics and Nanophotonics in the group of Prof. Albert Polman at FOM institute AMOLF in Amsterdam. During her PhD she visited and collaborated with the groups of Prof. Atwater from Caltech and Prof. Dionne from Stanford University. In 2015 she started working at Seaborough Research as Materials Scientist and Project Manager in the field of luminescent materials. 

  • Dr. Eric Virey

    Senior Market & Technology Analyst Yole Développement

    Dr Eric Virey serves as a Senior Market and Technology Analyst and helps the development of the LED and sapphire activities at Yole Développement (Yole), the “More than Moore” market research and strategy consulting company. Since 2009, he’s contributed to numerous custom projects in the LED, sapphire and display industries and authored multiple market reports.

    Eric has spoken in more than 25 industry conferences and has been interviewed or quoted in multiple media over the world including: The Wall Street Journal, CNN, Fox News, CNBC, Bloomberg, Financial Review, Forbes, L’Usine Nouvelle, MIT’s Technology Review, Photonic Spectra etc…

    Before that, he’s held various R&D, engineering, manufacturing and marketing positions with Fortune 500 Company Saint-Gobain in France and the United States.

    Dr Eric Virey received a Ph-D in Optoelectronics from the National Polytechnic Institute of Grenoble.

  • Dr. Sadakazu Wakui

    Phosphor Engineer Nichia

    Dr. Wakui received his Ph.D. in Engineering in 2010 at the University of Electro-Communications, Japan.  His research interest at the doctoral course is nano-scale dielectric properties near semiconductor / oxide interfaces using first principles calculations.  Since joining Nichia in 2010, He has been working in the development of new phosphors.