Jean-Luc Brédas


Born May 23, 1954 in Fraire, Belgium

Distinguished Professor of Materials Science & Engineering
Director of the KAUST Solar & Photovoltaics Engineering Research Center
Rawabi Holding Research Chair in Solar Energy Science & Engineering
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Award of the American Chemical Society in the Chemistry of Materials, 2016. Member of the European Academy of Sciences, elected 2014. David Adler Award of the American Physical Society in Materials Physics, 2013. Named to the 2011 International Chair in Chemistry, International Solvay Institutes, Belgium. American Chemical Society Charles H. Stone Award (2010). Elected in the Inaugural Class of Fellows of the American Chemical Society (2009) and in the Inaugural Class of Fellows of the Materials Research Society (2008). Editor for Chemistry of Materials, published by the American Chemical Society (2008-present). Elected Fellow of: Royal Society of Chemistry, UK (2008); Optical Society of America (2003); American Association for the Advancement of Science (1998); American Physical Society (1993). Descartes Prize of the European Commission (2003). Honorary Professor, Institute of Chemistry of the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Beijing (named 2003). Doctor Honoris Causa of Univ. Libre de Bruxelles (2002). Italgas Prize for Research and Technological Innovation in Applied Molecular Sciences (2001), shared with R.H. Friend. Quinquennial Prize for Exact Sciences of the Belgian National Science Foundation, FNRS (2000). Doctor Honoris Causa of Linköping Univ. (2000). Elected Member of the Royal Academy of Belgium (Corresponding Member, 1998-2000; Associate Member, 2000-Present). Francqui Prize (1997).

Author of:

Over 1,000 publications in international refereed journals. Co-author of four books; editor of nine books; guest editor of two special issue of Accounts of Chemical Research on "Organic Photovoltaics" and "DFT Elucidation of Materials Properties".

Important Contributions:

Theoretical insight into the electronic, optical, and structural properties of π-conjugated molecular, oligomer, and polymer materials.

Depiction of the key physico-chemical processes taking place in π-conjugated materials and guidance for the development of new compounds with improved characteristics: