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Bernard Kippelen

Professor, School of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Bernard Kippelen

Professor Bernard Kippelen was born and raised in Alsace, France. He studied at the University Louis Pasteur in Strasbourg where he received a Maitrise in Solid-State Physics in 1985, and a Ph.D. in Nonlinear Optics in 1990.

From 1990 to 1997 he was Chargé de Recherches at the CNRS, France. In 1994 Kippelen joined the faculty of the Optical Sciences Center at the University of Arizona. There he developed a research and teaching program on polymer optics and plastic electronics. He holds 13 patents and has co-authored over 180 peer reviewed publications and 11 book chapters. His publications have received over 6,500 citations. Professor Kippelen served as chair and co-chair of numerous international conferences on organic optoelectronic materials and devices and he is the co-founder of several spin-off companies.

In August 2003, Kippelen joined the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology. His research ranges from the investigation of fundamental physical processes (nonlinear optical activity, charge transport, light harvesting and emission), to the design, fabrication and testing of light-weight flexible optoelectronic devices and circuits based on nanostructured organic materials. Professor Kippelen currently serves as director of the Center for Organic Photonics and Electronics and associate director of CIS:HSEM an Energy Frontier Research Center funded by the U.S. Department of Energy. He serves as deputy editor of Energy Express.

Research Areas of Interest:

  • Organic light-emitting devices for displays and lighting
  • Flexible organic photovoltaic cells for power generation
  • Printed electronics
  • Low-cost printed electronics for RFID
  • Real-time holography and signal processing
  • Ultra-fast photonics
  • Structure-property relationships in photonic and electronic materials


Awards and Distinctions: 
  • NSF CAREER Award
  • 3M Young Faculty Award
  • Senior Member, IEEE
  • Fellow, the Optical Society of America
  • Member, the American Chemical Society
  • Member, the American Physical Society
  • Member, Materials Research Society
  • Fellow, the International Society for Optical Engineering
  • Director, Center for Organic Photonics and Electronics
  • Faculty, School of Electrical and Computer Engineering


Nonlinear Optics, University Louis Pasteur in Strasbourg, 1990
Solid-State Physics, University Louis Pasteur in Strasbourg, 1985