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Posted on August 31, 2011

Professor Karl Leo nominated for the Deutscher Zukunftspreis 2011

The Director of the Fraunhofer IPMS is nominated for the Federal President's prize of Technology

Together with Dr. Jan Blochwitz-Nimoth (Novaled AG) and Dr. Martin Pfeiffer (Heliatek GmbH), Prof. Karl Leo, Director of the Fraunhofer-Institute for Photonic Microsystems IPMS, has been nominated by the Federal President Christian Wulff for the "Deutscher Zukunftspreis 2011" in Hannover.
 
The "Deutscher Zukunftspreis" is awarded annually to innovative researchers, who work on promising technologies, which change the living and working environment fundamentally. The award ceremony takes place in Berlin on December 14, 2011. Among the researchers from Dresden, there are two other research teams who are nominated. Due to Leo's, Blochwitz-Nimoth's and Pfeiffer's activity in the field of organic semiconductors, implemented in evironmentally- and eco-friendly energy-efficient luminary and novel photovoltaic systems, they have been nominated.
 
"I am very delighted of being nominated and I consider it as an appreciation of our work at TU Dresden, Fraunhofer IPMS and in the spin-offs Novaled and Heliatek. Together with my nominated colleagues and a great number of dedicated employees of the institutes and companies we were able to successfully realize the transfer of a technology from basic research into products. I expect that this technology of the organic semiconductor will enable a variety of exciting applications", explains Prof. Karl Leo.
 
Since 2001 Leo has been working at Fraunhofer IPMS. Within the Center for Organic Materials and Electronic Devices (COMEDD); part of Fraunhofer IPMS, Leo and about 70 employees work on electronic devices based on organic semiconductors. The focus of COMEDD lies in the application-orientated research and development of electronic devices like organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs) as novel panel light, OLED microdisplays (e. g. Head-Mounted Displays) and organic solar cells.
 
Karl Leo obtained the Diplomphysiker degree from the University of Freiburg in 1985, working with Adolf Goetzberger at the Fraunhofer-Institut für Solare Energiesysteme. In 1988, he obtained the PhD degree frommthe University of Stuttgart for a PhD thesis performed at the Max-Planck-Institut für Festkörperforschung in Stuttgart under supervision of Hans Queisser. From 1989 to 1991, he was postdoc at AT&T Bell Laboratoriesin Holmdel, NJ, U.S.A. From 1991 to 1993, he was with the Rheinisch-Westfälische Technische Hochschulen (RWTH) in Aachen, Germany. Since 1993, he is full professor of optoelectronics at the Technische Universität Dresden, since 2002, he is also working at the Fraunhofer Institute for Photonic Microsystems, presently as director. His main interests are novel semiconductor systems like semiconducting organic thin films; with special emphasis to understand basics device principles and the optical response.
 
His work was recognized by the following awards:
 
Otto-Hahn-Medaille (1989), Bennigsen-Förder-Preis (1991), Leibniz-Award (2002), award of the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy (2002), and Manfred-von-Ardenne-Preis 2006. He is cofoundern of several companies, including Novaled AG and Heliatek GmbH.