Meet The 2019 Speaker Lineup

  • Oxana Astapove

    Director of Special R&D Projects IQDEMY SA

    Oxana Astapove is Director of Special R&D Projects Development for Emerging Quantum Dots Technologies at IQDEMY SA, a group of companies that builds customized printing machines for different industries, develops different fluids and powders, synthesizes quantum dots, and develops control electronics for different print heads - and IQDEMY SA has the advantage of creating new solutions from A to Z under one roof without any outsourcing, drawing another advantage in speed of projects implementation.

    Special R&D Projects Development for Emerging Quantum Dots Technologies was founded in December 2016. There are different teams in the department that work for Displays & Semiconductors, Security Printing Solutions, Agriculture, Biomedicine, Solar Panels, Oil & Gas Exploration.

    IQDEMY SA offers a technology development along with all necessary equipment, materials, training and service for all the projects.

  • 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.

  • Kapil Deshpande, PhD

    Lead Applications Scientist Croda

    Kapil Deshpande received a BS in Chemical Engineering from Columbia University and a PhD from Rutgers University for a dissertation on colloidal behavior under flow conditions.  He joined the Croda Advanced Materials group in 2015 working on developing organic additives such as dispersants and rheology modifiers for use in a variety of new technology markets.  His current focus is on developing novel organic materials for use in display technologies.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Luftan Sinatra PhD

    VP of Product Development Quantum Solutions LLC

    Lutfan is a VP of product development in Quantum Solutions LLC, one of the first company that commercializing perovskites QDs for research and industrial application. Lutfan received his MSc in Photonics from Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena-Germany and PhD in Materials Science and Engineering from King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST)-Saudi Arabia. He is currently leading the development of visible and NIR emission quantum dots in Quantum Solutions LLC.

  • 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.

  • Alex Titov

    Lab Manager NanoPhotonica Inc.

    Alex Titov is Lab Manager at NanoPhotonica. He graduated from University of Florida and joined NanoPhotonica Inc. in 2012. His research is focused in quantum dot light emitting diodes (QLEDs) fabrication and device optimization. He is also working in the in the development and synthesis of colloidal quantum dots and zinc oxide nanoparticles for improving QLEDs performance.

  • 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.

  • Dr. Michael Wisser

    Phosphor Scientist Soraa

    Bio Coming Soon!

  • Dr. Longjia Wu

    Materials Development Expert TCL Corporate Research

    Longjia Wu received his Bachelor degree in Materials Science and Engineering from Wuhan University of Technology (WUT), and then got his Ph.D. degree in Materials Science and Engineering from University of California, Davis (UC Davis) in 2015. After graduation, he joined TCL Corporate Research, engaging in the development of high performance quantum-dot light-emitting diodes for display application.