Congratulations to Gunhee Kim for defending her Ph.D. thesis in December 2022.

Congratulations to Victor Rodriguez-Toro and Youngrak Park for defending their Ph.D. in August and December, respectively, and for attending the commencement in Dec. 2021.


Congratulations to Felipe Larrain. He defended his PhD thesis yesterday July 7, 2020. Thank you to the Committee members Drs. Steve Barlow, Tom Gaylord, Azadeh Ansari, and Carlos Silva. He will be joining the faculty at the Adolfo Ibanez University in his home town Santiago, Chile.


December 17, 2019

Congratulations to Victor Rodriguez-Toro for passing his Ph.D. proposal exam.

December 13, 2019

Commencement day. Finally, the day has arrived after long years of failed experiments and doubts. Crossing the stage only takes five seconds, but you enter a new phase of your journey. Congratulations to Xiaojia, Wen-Fang and Xiaoqing.

November 21, 2019

Congratulations to Felipe Larrain for passing his Ph.D. proposal exam.

September 25, 2019

Congratulations to Xiaoqing Zhang for defending her Ph.D. thesis today with brio.

May 28, 2019

Honored to be speaker #156 of the Wuhan Optoelectronics Forum, hosted by the Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Hubei Province.

May 3, 2019

Congratulations to Wen-Fang Chou for defending her Ph.D. thesis today with talent.

April 29, 2019

Dr. Xiaojia Jia defended her thesis with success. Congratulations for impactful work on organic TFTs.


September 25, 2018

Congratulations to Xiaojia Jia for passing her Ph.D. Proposal exam.

August 16, 2018

Hosting Professor C. Adachi from Kyushu University, Japan.

January 12, 2018

Xiaojia’s paper on the stability of organic thin-film transistors appears in Science Advances. Congratulations also to the other team members, Youngrak, Cheng-Yin, and Canek.

More information on the links below:


December 15, 2017: Fall Commencement

Congratulations to Dr. Vladimir Kolesov. Big day and the beginning of a new adventure.

July 13, 2017:  Energy Department Invests $8 Million in Efficient Lighting R&D

The Energy Department is announcing funding for seven R&D projects that will support key scientific advancements in solid-state lighting (SSL) technology. The projects will help accelerate the development of high-quality light-emitting diode (LED) and organic light-emitting diode (OLED) lighting products that can significantly reduce energy costs for American families and businesses by using less electricity than products currently in use, and ensure that the U.S. remains a global leader in SSL innovation. Among projects:

  • Georgia Institute of Technology (Atlanta, GA) —  Discovery of novel organic blue materials and corresponding laboratory devices for high-efficiency white OLEDs. (Kippelen PI, Marder, Bredas co-PIs)

Link to ECE news article

April 11, 2017: Vladimir Kolesov defends his PhD thesis on organic solar cells.


December 16, 2016: Ph.D. Hooding Ceremony for Cheng-Yin Wang. Congratulations. A culmination after a long journey.


November 8, 2016: Bernard Kippelen delivering the OSA Traveler Lecture at Southern University of Science and Technology in Shenzhen, China.


October 24, 2016: Congratulations to Cheng-Yin Wang for defending his Ph.D. thesis.


August 8, 2016: Bernard Kippelen and his wife Virginie climb summit of Mont-Blanc (4807 m; 15771 ft.), highest mountain in Europe.


April 26, 2016: Congratulations to Sangmoo Choi for defending his Ph.D. thesis.

Sangmoo PhD April 26 2016

April 8, 2016. Inauguration of the OVPD laboratory at Institut Lafayette and signing ceremony of a MOU with Aixtron during official visit of French Minister Thierry Mandon, Secretaire d’Etat ChargĂ© de l’Enseignement SupĂ©rieur et de la Recherche and Marianne Therre-Mano Consul to Germany in Strasbourg

Signature BK AO Ministre
Photo groupe
Ao demonstration
Labo OVPD visite Ministre

March 29, 2016. Congratulations to Talha and Michael for defending their PhD thesis on March 28 and 29, 2016,respectively.

Talha and Michael PhD defense

March 3, 2016. Talha Khan wins third-place poster award at 2016 FlexTech conference – Link to article in Printed Electronics Now

FlexTech award Talha 2016 v2

US Department of Energy – Office of Science – EFRC Newsletter – Solar energy gets flexible


December 4, 2015. Global Atlanta – Georgia Tech Prof: Solar Power Can Brighten Men’s Future on The Planet

February 26, 2015. Michael Gaj wins third-place poster award at 2015 FlexTech conference.

FlexTech poster award 2015


Forbes – Scientists create recyclable solar cell from trees

Reuters – Wooden solar cells shine light on cleaner power option 

Photonics Spectra – Better materials mean better solar cells

Red Orbit – Recyclable solar cells create using trees 

Ars Technica – Tree-based solar cells point the way to recyclable energy sources

PV Magazine – Organic solar substrates that literally grow on trees


Forbes- New technique creates first plastic solar cell

Consulate General of France in Atlanta

Bernard Kippelen: Lafayette Institute’s President seeks challenges, likes diversity


Phys Org – New transistor for plastic electronics exhibits the best of both worlds


High performance transistor created from C60