Stephen R. Forrest
Peter A. Franken Distinguished University Professor of Engineering
Paul G. Goebel Professor of Electrical Engineering, Physics and Materials Science and Engineering
B. A. Physics, 1972, UC; MSc and PhD Physics in 1974 and 1979, UM. Initially at Bell Labs for photodetectors for optical communications and USC working on optoelectronic integrated circuits and organic semiconductors, Prof. Forrest moved to Princeton as director of the National Center for Integrated Photonic Technology, Director of Princeton’s Center for Photonics and Optoelectronic Materials (POEM) and chair of the Electrical Engineering Department before rejoining UM as VP for Research. A Fellow of APS, IEEE and OSA and member of the National Academy of Engineering and the National Academy of Sciences, he is recognized for innovations in organic LEDs, his work on organic thin films and advances made on photodetectors for optical communications systems. Inducted into the National Academy of Inventors, Forrest has authored ~565 papers and received 299 patents with an h-index of 117. He is founding participant in several companies including Sensors Unlimited, Epitaxx, Inc., NanoFlex Power Corp., Universal Display Corp. and Apogee Photonics, Inc., and on the Board of Directors of Applied Materials. He serves on the Board of Governors and is a Distinguished Visiting Professor of the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology. He is Chairman of the Board of the University Musical Society.

Research Interests

Stephen Forrest's laboratory is interested in materials, physics and engineering for use in optical devices, notably devices useful for clean energy applications. Research areas include Organic Light Emitting Devices (OLEDs) for displays and lighting and organic and compound semiconductor devices for solar cells. Other optical phenomena being explored include lasing in a variety of materials, photodetection, polaritons and strong optical coupling.

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Section 31: Engineering Sciences

Secondary Section

Section 33: Applied Physical Sciences