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. Daniel Bichler

    Senior Key Expert Phosphor Design OSRAM Opto Semiconductors

    Daniel Bichler is Senior Key Expert at OSRAM. He and his group focus on the investigation of phosphor design rules and novel discovery methods for ultra-narrow emitting phosphor materials. He joined OSRAM in 2010 and since then has been working in LED-phosphor research and development. He has both taken part in and led research projects on a broad variety of phosphor materials and has contributed to more than 20 patent applications.

    Daniel Bichler received his diploma degree in Chemical Sciences in 2005. After that, he started to work in solid-state chemistry in Prof. Dr. D. Johrendt’s group. He earned his doctorate from the LMU Munich in 2010 for his work on the interplay of structural and magnetic properties of highly correlated systems.

  • 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.

  • Dr. Bill Cohen

    PFS Business Leader GE Current

    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, Manufacturing, and Business Operations that include phosphors and specialty materials development, lighting product design and manufacturing, tungsten wire processing, and commercial sales of phosphors and specialty materials.  Dr. Cohen has significant operational experience built on various key roles over nine years in manufacturing including Plant Manager of GE Lighting’s Phosphor and Specialty Chemical Facility.  He led GE Lighting’s technical efforts to mitigate rare earth supply and inflation pressures through phosphor innovation, lighting product redesign, and production process optimization for fluorescent lighting products.

    Transitioning to LED materials, Dr. Cohen led GE Lighting’s PFS/KSF Red Phosphor innovation, process/manufacturing development, and sales/commercialization activities.  He continues as the business leader in GE Current, a Daintree company, for the technical innovation and profitable commercial growth of phosphors and other specialty materials.  He has multiple publications / conference proceedings in plasma sciences and phosphors as well as issued U.S. patents in luminescent materials.


    • Ph.D., Nuclear Engineering, University of Michigan, 2000
    • M.S.E., Nuclear Engineering, University of Michigan, 1997
    • B.S.E., Nuclear Engineering, University of Michigan, 1995
  • Dr. Aurelien David

    Chief Scientist Soraa

    Dr. Aurelien David, Chief Scientist at Soraa, is a technical expert with 15 years of experience in LED R&D. He was previously at UC Santa Barbara, where he worked with Nobel laureate Shuji Nakamura, and at Philips Lumileds. He has spearheaded Soraa’s research on LED performance and color science. His device work has contributed to the demonstration of LEDs with world-record efficiency, and to a deeper understanding of the physics governing GaN-based LEDs. His work on color science has led to innovative concepts such as the IES TM30 color rendition model. He has authored 45+ international journal publications and 60+ US patents, and is a member of technical committees with the CIE and the IES.

  • Eden Dubuc

    Current, Powered by GE Senior Technology Architect, Horticulture Lighting

    Eden Dubuc is a Senior Technology Architect at Current powered by GE. Growing up on a farm, Eden and his family produced over 10,000,000 kg of onions per year. Since joining GE in 1998, Eden has held several positions across the indoor, outdoor and specialty product lines. Now responsible for the horticultural lighting portfolio, Eden combines his passion for horticulture with his expertise in LED lighting systems, allowing Current to meet their high product standards and produce the most innovative products on the market.

  • Dr. Mike Hack

    VP of Business Development Universal Display Corporation

    Dr. Michael Hack, is Vice-President of Business Development at Universal Display Corporation.  He is responsible for developing and commercializing advanced high efficiency next generation OLED products, with a special focus on flexible display applications and solid-state lighting.  Prior to joining UDC in 1999, he was associated with dpiX, a Xerox Company, where he was responsible for manufacturing flat panel displays and digital medical imaging products based on amorphous silicon TFT technology.   Dr. Hack received his Ph. D. degree from Cambridge University, England in 1981 and in 2007 Dr. Hack was elected a Fellow of the Society for Information Display. In 2014 Dr. Hack was nominated to serve on the board of the U.S. OLED Lighting Coalition to promote the advancement and commercialization of OLED lighting.

  • 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.

  • Dr. Mike Krames

    President & Owner Arkesso LLC

    Dr. Mike Krames is a 25 year veteran in the optoelectronics industry, in both start-ups and large research and development organizations. Dr. Krames was formerly Chief Technology Officer at Soraa, Inc., an LED product company founded by Nobel Prize winner Shuji Nakamura. Prior to that, he was Executive Vice President at Philips Lumileds, where he ran the Advanced Laboratories and pioneered a multitude of programs in LEDs and luminescence, focusing on materials, devices, and systems for applications to lighting and displays.  He is currently President & Owner of Arkesso LLC, a consulting firm based in Silicon Valley, California

    Mike is a recognized world authority on visible-spectrum LEDs and their applications for lighting and displays. He has served on numerous roundtables and panels for the U.S. Department of Energy. He is an IEEE Fellow and has over 80 peer-reviewed publications and more than 200 patents granted worldwide.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Philippe Smet

    Assistant Professor Ghent University Belgium

    Philippe Smet is an assistant professor at Ghent University Belgium, investigating a wide variety of luminescent materials and processes, from degradation pathways in phosphors to energy storage mechanisms in glow-in-the-dark phosphors.

  • Dr. Wouter Soer

    R&D Director Lumileds

    Wouter Soer serves as an R&D Director at Lumileds, where he leads R&D programs with government agencies and universities to inform and initiate LED product development. In this role, Wouter has led various product development projects for high-power LEDs and application studies for new spectral design concepts. He previously worked on LED die and package technology as a Senior Development Engineer. Before joining Lumileds, Wouter was a Senior Scientist at Philips Research, where he worked on EUV lithography and ultrasound transducer development. Wouter holds a Ph.D. in Materials Science from the University of Groningen.

  • Jonathan S. Steckel, PhD

    Director of Advanced Technology Intelligence STMircoelectronics

    Jonathan Steckel is the Director of Advanced Technology Intelligence at STMircoelectronics in Grenoble, France. Prior to this he was a Lead Camera Core Technologist at Apple, Inc. working on cutting edge light detection technologies after a 4 year role at Apple as a Lead Display Technologist working on developing several advanced display technologies. 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

    Senior Manager 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

    As a senior market and technology analyst at Yole Développement, Eric contributes to the development of LED, OLED, and display activities at Yole. He has authored a large collection of market and technology reports as well as multiple custom consulting projects on subjects including business strategy, identification of investments or acquisition targets, due diligence, market and technology analysis, cost modelling and technology scouting. Thanks to his deep knowledge of the LED/OLED and display industries, Eric has spoken at more than 30 industry conferences worldwide over the last five years. He has been interviewed and quoted by leading media all over the world.

    Previously Eric has held various R&D, engineering, manufacturing and business development positions with the Fortune 500 Company Saint-Gobain, based in France and the United States.

    Dr Eric Virey holds a PhD 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.

  • Dr. Xianglong Yuan

    Director of Phosphor Materials Intematix Corporation

    Dr. Yuan currently holds the position of Director of Phosphor Solutions at Intematix Corporation.  In this role his current focus is on developing wide gamut phosphor films for mini LED applications.  Prior to joining Intematix in 2005, Dr. Yuan served as a postdoctoral research associate at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, developing theoretical modeling of material structures.  Dr. Yuan received his PhD from the New York State College of Ceramics in 1999 and a Master of Engineering degree in 1989 from the Shanghai Institute of Ceramics, Chinese Academy of Science.  Before moving to the United States, Dr. Yuan was a Research Associate at the R&D Center of Inorganic Materials, Shanghai Institute of Ceramics.  Dr. Yuan’s broad experience includes the study of theoretical materials, experimental research and development, and transferring development into high volume production.