Speakers' Profile
Day 1 - Wednesday, 8th December 2010
Opening Plenary on 'Nanotechnology: A key tool in attaining developmental goals'
Prof. Sir Richard Friend, FRS, FREng
Cavendish Professor of Physics
Cavendish Laboratory, UK
Profile: Richard Friend has held the Cavendish Professorship of Physics in the University of Cambridge, since 1995. He has pioneered the study of organic polymers as semiconductors, and his research group has demonstrated that these materials can be used in wide range of semiconductor devices, including light-emitting diodes and transistors. He co-founded Cambridge Display Technology Ltd in 1992 to develop light-emitting diode displays and Plastic Logic Ltd in 2000, to develop polymer transistor circuits that are now being developed as flexible active-matrix backplanes for e-paper displays. He is currently working on organic thin-film solar cells.