Jean-Luc Brédas


Born May 23, 1954 in Fraire, Belgium

Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry, The University of Arizona
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Materials Theory Award of the Materials Research Society (2020). Alexander von Humboldt Research Award (2019). Award of the American Chemical Society in the Chemistry of Materials (2016). Member of the European Academy of Sciences (2014). David Adler Award of the American Physical Society in Materials Physics (2013). International Slovay Chair in Chemistry, International Solvay Institutes, Belgium (2011). 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). Fellow of the 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 Linkög Univ. (2000). Elected Member of the Royal Academy of Belgium (Corresponding Member, 1998-2000. Associate Member, 2000-Present). Francqui Prize (1997).

Author of:

Over 1,150 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". See complete list of publications on the research group website

Important Contributions:

  • Theoretical insight into the electronic, optical, and structural properties of π-conjugated molecular, oligomer, and polymer materials.
  • Description of the key physico-chemical processes taking place in π-conjugated materials and guidance for the development of new compounds with improved characteristics:
  • • interpretation of the doping mechanism in conjugated polymers leading to high electrical conductivity; demonstration of the specific ways in which excess charges are stored on the polymer chains in the form of nonlinear excitations such as solitons, polarons, and bipolarons;
  • • design of conjugated polymers with very small intrinsic band gaps;
  • • unified description of linear and nonlinear optical response of organic chromophores;
  • • characterization of the interfaces formed between metal or conducting oxide electrodes and organic layers;
  • • elucidation of the structure - charge transport relationships in organic semiconductors; illustration of the impact of chemical structure and molecular packing on the reorganization energies and electronic couplings between adjacent molecules/chains;
  • • integrated theoretical approach to the description of the electronic and optical processes taking place in organic solar cells.
  • • band-structure engineering in two-dimensional π-conjugated polymer networks (or COFs, covalent organic frameworks).