A Sample of the 2019 Speaker Lineup

  • Oxana Astapova

    Director of Special R&D Projects Development for Emerging Quantum Dots Technologies, IQDEMY Group IQDEMY SA

    Oxana Astapova 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.

  • Clive Beech

    Micro-LED Applications Director Plessey Semiconductors Limited

    Clive Beech is the micro-LED Applications Director at Plessey located in Plymouth, UK.  As a Chartered Physicist, Beech has built 40 years’ experience in silicon-based semiconductor device physics and process architecture in the areas of Research, Development, Design, Characterisation, Wafer-level Reliability and Radiation Tolerance.  He has worked on advanced digital and mixed signal sub-micron CMOS technology, embedded EEPROM and Flash memory and, most recently, on Plessey’s GaN on Silicon LED platform and its application in the micro-LED display field.

  • 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.

  • 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. 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. (www.TouchDisplayResearch.com), 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. 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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. Mike Krames

    Sr Advisor Seaborough Research

    Dr. Mike Krames is a 20 year veteran in the compound semiconductor industry, holding key positions in both start up and large research and development organizations. Prior to joining Seaborough Research, Dr. Krames was Chief Technology Officer at Soraa, Inc., an LED product company founded by Nobel Prize winner Shuji Nakamura.  Previously, he was Executive Vice President at Philips Lumileds, where he ran the Advanced Laboratories and pioneered programs in LEDs and luminescent materials, focusing on materials, devices, and systems for applications to lighting and displays. 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 a Senior Member of IEEE 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.

  • Professor Ru-Shi Liu

    Professor, Department of Chemistry National Taiwan University

    Professor Ru-Shi Liu received his Bachelor degree in Chemistry from Soochow University (Taiwan) in 1981. He got his Master Degree in nuclear science from the National Tsing Hua University (Taiwan) in 1983. He obtained two Ph.D. degrees in Chemistry from National Tsing Hua University in 1990 and from the University of Cambridge in 1992. He joined Materials Research Laboratories at Industrial Technology Research Institute as an Associate Researcher, Research Scientist, Senior Research Scientist and Research Manager from 1983 to 1995. Then he became an Associate Professor at the Department of Chemistry of the National Taiwan University from 1995 to 1999. Then he promoted as a Professor in 1999. In July 2016, he became the Distinguished Professor.

    He got the Excellent Young Person Prize in 1989, Excellent Inventor Award (Argentine Medal) in 1995 and Excellent Young Chemist Award in 1998. He got the 9th Y. Z. Hsu scientific paper award due to the excellent energy saving research in 2011. He received the Ministry of Science and Technology award for distinguished research in 2013 and 2018. In 2015, he received the distinguished award for Novel and Synthesis by IUPAC & NMS. In 2017, he got the Chung-Shang Academic paper award. His research is concerning in the Materials Chemistry. He got 2018 Highly Cited Researchers by Clarivate Analytics.

    He is the author and co-author of more than 560 publications in scientific international journals with total citations > 14,608, h-index: 62. He has also granted more than 200 patents.

  • 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. 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.

  • Sarah Morgan

    CEO Nano-Lit Technologies

    An entrepreneur with a fresh perspective on innovation, leveraging my Masters Thesis in LED lighting and Biomimicry and applied commercial manufacturing experience. I am the CEO of Nano-Lit Technologies, a company focused on lighting for health and well being, using Quantum Dots and Advanced Manufacturing. Prior to starting trading, I took two years hiatus from business and Lectured in Design for the Space Industry at DJCAD in Scotland, where I received an Innovative Teaching Award. 

    I have served on the New York Board of Directors for the Industrial Design Society of America, Housing Works and the Metropolitan Art Society NY (started by Jackie Onassis).

    My first company designed and sold product to the US retail market (Target, QVC, Urban Outfitters). Nano-Lit Technologies leverages my thesis work in LEDs and has resulted in Nano-Lit being hired by AkzoNobel and Mercedes. For two years Nano-Lit carried out R&D in the Naval Yards in Amsterdam, while simultaneously overseeing R&D at Acreo in Sweden, Brunel University UK, Edinburgh University UK, CIDETEC Spain. Three patents pending related to General and Automotive Lighting. 

    Sales have commenced on a Quantum Dot T8 Retro-fit that simulates the changing colour of sunlight throughout the day.

  • Bob O'Brien

    Co-Founder and President Display Supply Chain Consultants (DSCC)

    Robert J (Bob) O’Brien is Co-Founder and President of DSCC. Bob has decades of experience turning market and business analysis into strategic insights in the display and electronics industries. As Director of Market Intelligence and Strategy for Corning Glass Technologies, Bob developed an intelligence infrastructure to inform pricing strategy, product development, marketing communications and customer service strategy. He also developed external communications for investors and customers to realize Corning’s industry leading position.

    Bob led the CGT intelligence team in building critical tools for analysis of both short- and long-term dynamics in the LCD industry. In response to Corning’s vulnerability to supply/demand swings, Bob developed an analytical model for predicting glass demand based on the supply/demand dynamics of the LCD value chain. The output of this model is frequently quoted in Corning’s earnings release and other communications. To increase understanding of the long-term dynamics of TV replacement, Bob led the efforts on consumer survey work to understand the replacement cycle of TV. As the cover glass market matured, Bob led the effort to explore and develop the Gorilla glass business in emerging markets.

    Prior to Corning, Bob worked in engineering, product marketing, finance, and business intelligence for Philips Display Components and LG.Philips Displays. At Philips, Bob led a multi-division team evaluating potential opportunities in large display technologies, with comparative market and technology analysis of LCD, PDP, CRT, and projection. Bob prepared and executed financial and marketing expertise on the plasma display business for the due diligence process during the 2001 international merger which formed LG.Philips Displays.

    Bob holds a BS in Applied and Engineering Physics from Cornell University and an MBA from the University of Michigan Business School. He lives in Ann Arbor, MI with his wife Mattie and three sons. He can be reached at bob.obrien@displaysupplychain.com.

  • Julian Osinski, Ph.D.

    Principal Consultant Opticalogic Advisors

    Julian Osinski, Ph.D., Principal Consultant, began his consulting practice in 2007 and has been advising numerous start-ups and  mature enterprises in the fields of semiconductor lasers, LEDs, and quantum dots (QDs) for display, solid-state lighting, materials processing, and telecom applications. The primary goal of his consulting practice is to efficiently find for his clients the optimal intersection of new technologies with the marketplace.  Since 2016 he has also been acting as VP of Product and Technology at iBeam Materials in Sante Fe, NM, a developer of flexible LED and microLED products made entirely on metal foil, after acting as VP of Product at Pacific Light Technologies of Portland, OR, a leading manufacturer of high-efficiency on-chip QD downconverters for commercialization into displays and lighting, since acquired by Osram. 

    Prior to his consulting career, from 2002-2007 Julian was a vice president at Santur Corporation, a manufacturer of tunable diode lasers for telecom and now part of NeoPhotonics, helping the company rise from zero revenue to number one market leader.  He began his career after graduate school at Spectra Diode Labs, now part of Lumentum, developing a wide array of high-power diode lasers in the red and infra-red in various roles ranging from staff to R&D manager to product line manager until the merger with JDS Uniphase in 2000.

    Julian received his Ph.D. in Electrophysics at the University of Southern California under Dan Dapkus, a pioneer of the MOCVD process used widely for semiconductor laser and LED crystal growth. To date he has authored or co-authored 7 patents and over 40 publications.

  • Peter Palomaki, Ph.D.

    CTO and Acting CEO QLEDCures

    Peter Palomaki is the CTO and Acting CEO of QLEDCures, an NSF-funded startup commercializing quantum dot LEDs for the photomedical field. Peter's leverages his deep technical background in quantum dot and optical materials to adopt display materials to the emerging market of photomedicine. Peter has been a scientist at multiple startups and is a recognized thought-leader and consultant in the field of quantum dot technology.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Bill Stibbs, PhD

    Senior Business Development Manager, Phosphorus Specialties Solvay

    Bill is a Senior Business Development Manager in the Phosphorus Specialties business of Solvay. His role includes responsibility for the electronics market. Bill has more than twenty years of experience in industrial phosphorus chemistry. Prior to entering the commercial world, Bill obtained a PhD in Inorganic Chemistry from the University of Sheffield.

  • Dmitri V. Talapin

    Professor, Department of Chemistry University of Chicago

    As professor of Chemistry at the University of Chicago, his current research interests lie in the development of novel materials through the assembly of functional nanoscale building blocks. His research group has recently explored nanomaterial synthesis, self-assembly, and electronic studies of the nanocrystal arrays.

  • 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

    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. Yu-Ho Won

    Principal Researcher Samsung Electronics (SAIT)

    Dr. Yu-Ho Won received a Ph.D. degree in Materials Science and Engineering from Purdue University in 2011. Since joining Samsung Electronics in 2012, she has been working on the development and synthesis of eco-friendly colloidal quantum dots. Her current research focuses on quantum dots for light-emitting diode application.

  • 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.