Darren Lipomi

2015 Hellman Fellow


Assistant Professor, NanoEngineering
UC San Diego

Project Title: Modeling the Mechanical Properties of Organic Semiconductors for Flexible, Printed Devices

Professor Lipomi’s research group studies the way in which molecular structure influences the mechanical properties of plastic semiconductors. While these materials have existed for more than three decades, the best performing materials tend to be stiff and brittle. The goal is therefore to achieve the “best of both worlds” in mechanical softness and electronic performance. Such an achievement would facilitate the manufacturing of roll-to-roll printed devices, such as solar panels and displays, which would survive the forces of wind, rain, and snow. It would also permit a new generation of electronics that are stretchable on the molecular scale for applications ranging from energy to wearable devices for healthcare.